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2 Samuel 13

Amnon Rapes Tamar

13 Some time passed. David’s son Absalom(A) had a beautiful sister named Tamar,(B) and David’s son Amnon(C) was infatuated with her. Amnon was frustrated to the point of making himself sick over his sister Tamar because she was a virgin, but it seemed impossible to do anything to her. Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, a son of David’s brother Shimeah.(D) Jonadab was a very shrewd man, and he asked Amnon, “Why are you, the king’s son, so miserable every morning? Won’t you tell me?”

Amnon replied, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”

Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend you’re sick. When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare food in my presence so I can watch and eat from her hand.’”

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make a couple of cakes in my presence so I can eat from her hand.”

David sent word to Tamar at the palace: “Please go to your brother Amnon’s house and prepare a meal for him.”

Then Tamar went to his house while Amnon was lying down. She took dough, kneaded it, made cakes in his presence, and baked them. She brought the pan and set it down in front of him, but he refused to eat. Amnon said, “Everyone leave me!” And everyone left him. 10 “Bring the meal to the bedroom,” Amnon told Tamar, “so I can eat from your hand.” Tamar took the cakes she had made and went to her brother Amnon’s bedroom. 11 When she brought them to him to eat, he grabbed her and said,[a] “Come sleep with me, my sister!”

12 “Don’t, my brother!” she cried. “Don’t humiliate me, for such a thing should never be done in Israel.(E) Don’t do this horrible thing! 13 Where could I ever go with my disgrace? And you—you would be like one of the immoral men in Israel! Please, speak to the king, for he won’t keep me from you.” 14 But he refused to listen to her, and because he was stronger than she was, he raped her.

15 After this, Amnon hated Tamar with such intensity that the hatred he hated her with was greater than the love he had loved her with. “Get out of here!” he said.

16 “No,” she cried,[b] “sending me away is much worse than the great wrong you’ve already done to me!” But he refused to listen to her. 17 Instead, he called to the servant who waited on him: “Throw this woman out and bolt the door behind her!” 18 Amnon’s servant threw her out and bolted the door behind her. Now Tamar was wearing a long-sleeved[c] garment, because this is what the king’s virgin daughters wore. 19 Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long-sleeved garment she was wearing. She put her hand on her head(F) and went away crying out.

20 Her brother Absalom said to her: “Has your brother Amnon been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister. He is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.” So Tamar lived as a desolate woman(G) in the house of her brother Absalom.

Absalom Murders Amnon

21 When King David heard about all these things, he was furious.[d] 22 Absalom didn’t say anything to Amnon, either good or bad, because he hated Amnon since he disgraced his sister Tamar.

23 Two years later, Absalom’s sheepshearers were at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king’s sons. 24 Then he went to the king and said, “Your servant has just hired sheepshearers. Will the king and his servants please come with your servant?”

25 The king replied to Absalom, “No, my son, we should not all go, or we would be a burden to you.” Although Absalom urged him, he wasn’t willing to go, though he did bless him.

26 “If not,” Absalom said, “please let my brother Amnon go with us.”

The king asked him, “Why should he go with you?” 27 But Absalom urged him, so he sent Amnon and all the king’s sons.[e]

28 Now Absalom commanded his young men, “Watch Amnon until he is in a good mood from the wine. When I order you to strike Amnon, then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Am I not the one who has commanded you? Be strong and courageous!”(H) 29 So Absalom’s young men did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded. Then all the rest of the king’s sons got up, and each fled on his mule.

30 While they were on the way, a report reached David: “Absalom struck down all the king’s sons; not even one of them survived!” 31 In response the king stood up, tore his clothes, and lay down on the ground, and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn.(I)

32 But Jonadab, son of David’s brother Shimeah,(J) spoke up: “My lord must not think they have killed all the young men, the king’s sons, because only Amnon is dead. In fact, Absalom has planned this[f] ever since the day Amnon disgraced his sister Tamar. 33 So now, my lord the king, don’t take seriously the report that says all the king’s sons are dead. Only Amnon is dead.”

34 Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. When the young man who was standing watch looked up, there were many people coming from the road west of him from the side of the mountain.[g] 35 Jonadab said to the king, “Look, the king’s sons have come! It’s exactly like your servant said.” 36 Just as he finished speaking, the king’s sons entered and wept loudly. Then the king and all his servants also wept bitterly.

37 Now Absalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, king of Geshur.(K) And David mourned for his son[h] every day. 38 Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur where he stayed three years. 39 Then King David[i] longed to go to Absalom, for David had finished grieving over Amnon’s death.


  1. 2 Samuel 13:11 Lit said to her
  2. 2 Samuel 13:16 Lit she said to him
  3. 2 Samuel 13:18 Or an ornamented; Gn 37:3
  4. 2 Samuel 13:21 LXX, DSS add but he did not grieve the spirit of Amnon his son, for he loved him because he was his firstborn; 1Kg 1:6
  5. 2 Samuel 13:27 LXX adds And Absalom prepared a feast like a royal feast.
  6. 2 Samuel 13:32 Lit In fact, it was established on the mouth of Absalom
  7. 2 Samuel 13:34 LXX adds And the watchman came and reported to the king saying, “I see men on the Horonaim road on the side of the mountain.”
  8. 2 Samuel 13:37 Probably Amnon
  9. 2 Samuel 13:39 DSS, LXX, Tg read David’s spirit

John 17

Jesus Prays for Himself

17 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said:

the hour has come.
Glorify Your Son
so that the Son(A) may glorify You,(B)
for You gave Him authority
over all flesh;[a](C)
so He may give eternal life(D)
to all You have given Him.(E)
This is eternal life:
that they may know You, the only(F) true(G) God,
and the One You have sent(H)—Jesus Christ.(I)
I have glorified You on the earth
by completing the work You gave Me to do.
Now, Father,(J) glorify Me in Your presence
with that glory(K) I had with You
before the world existed.(L)

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

I have revealed Your name(M)
to the men You gave Me(N) from the world.(O)
They were Yours, You gave them to Me,(P)
and they have kept Your word.(Q)
Now they know that all things
You have given to Me are from You,
because the words that You gave Me,(R)
I have given them.
They have received them
and have known for certain
that I came from You.(S)
They have believed that You sent Me.
I pray[b] for them.
I am not praying for the world
but for those You have given Me,(T)
because they are Yours.
10 Everything I have is Yours,
and everything You have is Mine,(U)
and I have been glorified in them.
11 I am no longer in the world,
but they are in the world,
and I am coming to You.(V)
Holy(W) Father,
protect[c] them by Your name(X)
that You have given Me,
so that they may be one(Y) as We are(Z) one.
12 While I was with them,
I was protecting them by Your name
that You have given Me.
I guarded(AA) them and not one of them is lost,
except the son of destruction,[d]
so that the Scripture(AB) may be fulfilled.(AC)
13 Now I am coming to You,
and I speak these things in the world
so that they may have My joy completed in them.
14 I have given them Your word.
The world hated(AD) them
because they are not of the world,(AE)
as I am not of the world.(AF)
15 I am not praying
that You take them out of the world
but that You protect them from the evil one.(AG)
16 They are not of the world,
as I am not of the world.(AH)
17 Sanctify[e](AI) them by the truth;(AJ)
Your word is truth.
18 As You sent Me into the world,(AK)
I also have sent them into the world.
19 I sanctify Myself for them,
so they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 I pray not only for these,
but also for those who believe in Me
through their message.
21 May they all be one,(AL)
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.(AM)
May they also be one[f] in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.
22 I have given them the glory(AN) You have given Me.
May they be one as We are one.
23 I am in them and You are in Me.(AO)
May they be made completely one,
so the world may know You have sent Me
and have loved(AP) them as You have loved Me.(AQ)
24 Father,
I desire those You have given Me
to be with Me where I am.(AR)
Then they will see My glory,
which You have given Me
because You loved Me before the world’s foundation.
25 Righteous Father!
The world has not known You.
However, I have known You,(AS)
and these have known that You sent Me.
26 I made Your name(AT) known to them
and will make it known,
so the love You have loved Me with
may be in them and I may be in them.(AU)


  1. John 17:2 Or people
  2. John 17:9 Lit ask (throughout this passage)
  3. John 17:11 Lit keep (throughout this passage)
  4. John 17:12 The one destined for destruction, loss, or perdition
  5. John 17:17 Set apart for special use
  6. John 17:21 Other mss omit one

Psalm 119:81-96

כ Kaf

81 I long for Your salvation;(A)
I put my hope in Your word.(B)
82 My eyes grow weary
looking for what You have promised;(C)
I ask, “When will You comfort me?”
83 Though I have become like a wineskin dried by smoke,
I do not forget Your statutes.
84 How many days must Your servant wait?
When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?(D)
85 The arrogant have dug pits for me;(E)
they violate Your instruction.
86 All Your commands are true;
people persecute me with lies—help me!(F)
87 They almost ended my life on earth,
but I did not abandon Your precepts.
88 Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love,
and I will obey the decree You have spoken.

ל Lamed

89 Lord, Your word is forever;(G)
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness is for all generations;(H)
You established the earth, and it stands firm.(I)
91 They stand today in accordance with Your judgments,(J)
for all things are Your servants.(K)
92 If Your instruction had not been my delight,
I would have died in my affliction.(L)
93 I will never forget Your precepts,
for You have given me life through them.(M)
94 I am Yours; save me,(N)
for I have sought Your precepts.(O)
95 The wicked hope to destroy me,(P)
but I contemplate Your decrees.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but Your command is without limit.

Proverbs 16:6-7

Wickedness is atoned for by loyalty and faithfulness,(A)
and one turns from evil by the fear of the Lord.(B)

When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He[a] makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.(C)


  1. Proverbs 16:7 Or he
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