Absalom Avenges Tamar

24 And Absalom came to the king and said, “Behold now, your servant has sheepshearers; may the king and his servants please go with your servant.” 25 But the king said to Absalom, “No, my son, we should not all go, so that we will not be a burden to you.” Though he urged him, he would not go; but he blessed him. 26 Then (A)Absalom said, “If not, please have my brother Amnon go with us.” But the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?” 27 Nevertheless Absalom urged him, so he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.

28 Then Absalom commanded his servants, saying, “See now, (B)when Amnon’s heart is cheerful with wine, and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then put him to death. Do not fear; have I not commanded you myself? Be courageous and be [a]valiant.” 29 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons got up and each mounted (C)his mule and fled.

30 Now it was while they were on the way that the report came to David, saying, “Absalom has struck and killed all the king’s sons, and not one of them is left.” 31 Then the king stood up, (D)tore his clothes, and (E)lay on the ground; and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn. 32 (F)And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, [b]responded, “Let my lord not [c]assume that they have put to death all the young men, the king’s sons, for only Amnon is dead; because this has been set up by the [d]intent of Absalom since the day that he violated his sister Tamar. 33 So now, may my lord the king not (G)take the report to [e]heart, [f]claiming, ‘all the king’s sons are dead’; but only Amnon is dead.”

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  1. 2 Samuel 13:28 Lit sons of valor
  2. 2 Samuel 13:32 Lit answered and said
  3. 2 Samuel 13:32 Lit say
  4. 2 Samuel 13:32 Lit mouth
  5. 2 Samuel 13:33 Lit his heart
  6. 2 Samuel 13:33 Lit saying

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