And it cometh to pass afterwards that Absalom son of David
hath a fair sister, and her name is Tamar, and Amnon son of David loveth
And Amnon hath distress -- even to become sick, because of
Tamar his sister, for she is a virgin, and it is hard in the eyes of
Amnon to do anything to her.
And Amnon hath a friend, and his name is Jonadab, son
of Shimeah, David's brother, and Jonadab is a very wise man,
and saith to him, 'Wherefore art thou thus lean, O
king's son, morning by morning? dost thou not declare to me?' And Amnon saith
to him, 'Tamar -- sister of Absalom my brother -- I am loving.'
And Jonadab saith to him, 'Lie down on thy couch, and feign
thyself sick, and thy father hath come in to see thee, and thou hast said unto
him, 'Let, I pray thee, Tamar my sister come in and give me bread to eat; and
she hath made the food before mine eyes so that I see it, and have eaten
from her hand.'
And Amnon lieth down, and feigneth himself sick, and the king
cometh in to see him, and Amnon saith unto the king, 'Let, I pray thee, Tamar
my sister come, and she maketh before mine eyes two cakes, and I eat from her
And David sendeth unto Tamar, to the house, saying, 'Go, I
pray thee, to the house of Amnon thy brother, and make for him food.'
And Tamar goeth to the house of Amnon her brother, and he is
lying down, and she taketh the dough, and kneadeth, and maketh cakes before his
eyes, and cooketh the cakes,
and taketh the frying-pan, and poureth out before him, and
he refuseth to eat, and Amnon saith, 'Take ye out every one from me;' and they
go out every one from him.
And Amnon saith unto Tamar, 'Bring the food into the inner
chamber, and I eat from thy hand;' and Tamar taketh the cakes that she hath
made, and bringeth in to Amnon her brother, into the inner chamber,
and she bringeth nigh unto him to eat, and he layeth hold on
her, and saith to her, 'Come, lie with me, my sister.'
And she saith to him, 'Nay, my brother, do not humble me,
for it is not done so in Israel; do not this folly.
And I -- whither do I cause my reproach to go? and thou --
thou art as one of the fools in Israel; and now, speak, I pray thee, unto the
king; for he doth not withhold me from thee.'
And he hath not been willing to hearken to her voice, and is
stronger than she, and humbleth her, and lieth with her.
And Amnon hateth her -- a very great hatred -- that greater is
the hatred with which he hath hated her than the love with which he loved her,
and Amnon saith to her, 'Rise, go.'
And she saith to him, 'Because of the circumstances this
evil is greater than the other that thou hast done with me -- to send me away;'
and he hath not been willing to hearken to her,
and calleth his young man, his servant, and saith, 'Send
away, I pray thee, this one from me without, and bolt the door after her;'
-- and upon her is a long coat, for such upper robes
do daughters of the king who are virgins put on, -- and his servant
taketh her out without, and hath bolted the door after her.
And Tamar taketh ashes for her head, and the long coat that is
on her she hath rent, and putteth her hand on her head, and goeth, going on and
and Absalom her brother saith unto her, 'Hath Amnon thy
brother been with thee? and now, my sister, keep silent, he is thy
brother; set not thy heart to this thing;' and Tamar dwelleth -- but desolate
-- in the house of Absalom her brother.
And king David hath heard all these things, and it is very
displeasing to him;
and Absalom hath not spoken with Amnon either evil or good,
for Absalom is hating Amnon, because that he humbled Tamar his sister.
And it cometh to pass, after two years of days, that Absalom
hath shearers in Baal-Hazor, which is with Ephraim, and Absalom calleth
for all the sons of the king.
And Absalom cometh unto the king, and saith, 'Lo, I pray
thee, thy servant hath shearers, let the king go, I pray thee, and his servants,
with thy servant.'
And the king saith unto Absalom, 'Nay, my son, let us not
all go, I pray thee, and we are not too heavy on thee;' and he presseth on him,
and he hath not been willing to go, and he blesseth him.
And Absalom saith, 'If not -- let, I pray thee, Amnon my
brother go with us;' and the king saith to him, 'Why doth he go with thee?'
and Absalom urgeth on him, and he sendeth with him Amnon,
and all the sons of the king.
And Absalom commandeth his young men, saying, 'See, I pray
thee, when the heart of Amnon is glad with wine, and I have said unto
you, Smite Amnon, that ye have put him to death; fear not; is it not because I
have commanded you? be strong, yea, become sons of valour.'
And the young men of Absalom do to Amnon as Absalom
commanded, and rise do all the sons of the king, and they ride, each on his
mule, and flee.
And it cometh to pass -- they are in the way -- and
the report hath come unto David, saying, 'Absalom hath smitten all the sons of
the king, and there is not left of them one;'
and the king riseth, and rendeth his garments, and lieth on
the earth, and all his servants are standing by with rent garments.
And Jonadab son of Shimeah, David's brother, answereth and
saith, 'Let not my lord say, The whole of the young men, the sons of the king,
they have put to death; for Amnon alone is dead, for by the command of
Absalom it hath been appointed from the day of his humbling Tamar his sister;
and now, let not my lord the king lay unto his heart the
word, saying, All the sons of the king have died, for Amnon alone is
And Absalom fleeth, and the young man who is watching
lifteth up his eyes and looketh, and lo, much people are coming by the way
behind him, on the side of the hill.
And Jonadab saith unto the king, 'Lo, the sons of the king
have come; as the word of thy servant, so it hath been.'
And it cometh to pass at his finishing to speak, that lo,
the sons of the king have come, and they lift up their voice, and weep, and
also the king and all his servants have wept -- a very great weeping.
And Absalom hath fled, and goeth unto Talmai, son of
Ammihud, king of Geshur, and David mourneth for his son all the days.
And Absalom hath fled, and goeth to Geshur, and is there
and the soul of king David determineth to go out unto
Absalom, for he hath been comforted for Amnon, for he is dead.