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2 Samuel 13

Amnon’s Rape of Tamar

13 Sometime after this, David’s son Amnon fell in love with David’s other[a] son Absalom’s beautiful sister Tamar. Amnon became so emotionally distressed that he fell sick over his half-sister Tamar. She was a virgin, and Amnon found it difficult to do anything to her.

Meanwhile, Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, who was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. Now Jonadab was a very shrewd man. “Why are you so depressed these past few mornings,”[b] Jonadab[c] asked Amnon, “since you’re a son of the king? Why not tell me?”

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

Jonadab advised him, “Lie down and pretend to be sick. When your father visits you, ask him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me something to eat that she prepares especially for me,[d] and after she makes dinner for me, let her feed it to me personally.’”[e]

So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. When the king came to visit him, Amnon asked the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make some of her bread especially for me,[f] so she can feed it to me personally.”[g]

So David sent for Tamar back at the palace, telling her, “Please go to your brother Amnon’s home and prepare some food for him.” Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s home, where he was lying down. She brought along some dough, kneaded it, prepared some cakes especially for him,[h] baked them, and emptied the baking skillet just for him, but he refused to eat.

“Send everybody out of here,” Amnon said. So everyone left the room. 10 Amnon told Tamar, “Bring the food into my private bedroom, so I can eat it with you personally.”[i] So Tamar took the cakes she had prepared and brought them into the private bedroom for her brother Amnon.

11 But as soon as she brought them near him to eat, he overpowered her and told her, “Come here and have sex with me, my sister!”

12 “No, my brother!” she kept telling him. “Don’t humiliate me like this! This just isn’t done in Israel! Don’t do this utterly foolish thing! 13 And what about me? Where will I go to escape[j] this disgrace? And as for you, you’ll be known as one of Israel’s greatest fools! So please talk to the king, because he won’t withhold me from you!”

14 But he was unwilling to listen to what she was saying. Since he was stronger than she was, he forced her into having sex with him. 15 Afterwards, though, Amnon hated her very intensely. As a result, his hatred for her exceeded the love that he had previously for her. So Amnon told her, “Get up! Leave!”

16 Even so, she tried to tell him, “No! After all, it’s more wrong to send me away than what you just did to me!”

But he was unwilling to listen to her. 17 So he called out to a young man who was serving him, and told him: “Send this woman away from me and lock the door after her.”

18 Now she was clothed in a long sleeved, multi-colored ornamental tunic, commonly worn by the king’s virgin daughters. When Amnon’s[k] servant threw her out and locked the door after her, 19 Tamar rubbed her head with ashes, tore her tunic that she was wearing, put her hand to her head, and ran off, crying aloud as she went away.

Absalom’s Plans Revenge

20 Later, her brother Absalom asked her, “Has Amnon, that brother of yours, raped[l] you? Then keep quiet about your half-brother for now, my sister. Stop taking this so personally.”[m] From that time on, Tamar lived in continuous desolation within her brother Absalom’s house. 21 When King David heard all about these developments, he flew into a rage over it. 22 But Absalom never said a word, either good or bad, to Amnon. Nevertheless, he hated Amnon because he had humiliated his sister Tamar.

Absalom’s Men Kill Amnon

23 Two full years later, Absalom took some men to Baal-hazor near Ephraim to shear his sheep. He[n] also invited all of the king’s sons to come. 24 Absalom had gone to the king to ask him, “I’ve brought some men to shear the sheep. Won’t you please come and join me, along with your senior staff?”

25 But King David declined,[o] saying to Absalom, “No, my son, we won’t all go, since that would be too much trouble for you.” Although Absalom begged David, he would not go, even though he did give his blessing.

26 So Absalom responded, “If you aren’t coming, please allow my brother Amnon to accompany us.”

The king asked, “Why should he go with you?”

27 But Absalom kept begging David[p] until he sent Amnon and all of David’s[q] sons to accompany Absalom.

28 Then Absalom instructed his young men, “Please keep watching Amnon until he’s drunk. Then I’ll tell you, ‘Attack Amnon!’ As soon as I do, kill him and don’t be afraid! You have your orders, so be strong and brave!” 29 So Absalom’s young men did to Amnon just as they had been[r] ordered, but the rest of David’s sons jumped up, mounted their mules, and escaped.

30 While they were still on the road, this rumor came to David: “Absalom has struck down all of the king’s sons and none of them has survived.” 31 David arose, ripped his clothes in anguish,[s] and collapsed to the ground while all of his staff stood by with their own clothes torn.

32 But David’s brother Shimeah’s son Jonadab reported, “Your majesty, don’t assume they’ve killed all of the young men—the king’s sons—only Amnon has died, since that was Absalom’s intention from the day Amnon raped[t] his sister Tamar. 33 Now your majesty, don’t be concerned about this rumor that all the king’s sons have died, because only Amnon is dead.”

34 Meanwhile, Absalom had run away. While the young man standing watch was looking around, all of a sudden he observed many people coming down the road behind and to the west of the mountain! So the watchman left his post and reported, “I have seen men coming from the direction of Horonaim.”[u]

35 Jonadab told the king, “Look! Here come the king’s sons. This thing has turned out just like your servant reported.” 36 Just as he finished his comments, the king’s sons arrived, crying loudly. At this, with tears overflowing, the king and his entire staff wept bitterly.

37 Absalom continued to flee, eventually going to Ammihud’s son King Talmai of Geshur, while King David continued to mourn for his son every day. 38 After fleeing to Geshur, Absalom remained there for three years. 39 Meanwhile, King David longed to visit Absalom, since he was moved to compassion over Amnon’s death.


  1. 2 Samuel 13:1 The Heb. lacks other
  2. 2 Samuel 13:4 Lit. depressed morning by morning
  3. 2 Samuel 13:4 Lit. he
  4. 2 Samuel 13:5 Lit. prepares in my sight
  5. 2 Samuel 13:5 Lit. it from her hand
  6. 2 Samuel 13:6 Lit. bread in my sight
  7. 2 Samuel 13:6 Lit. it from her hand
  8. 2 Samuel 13:8 Lit. some bread in his sight
  9. 2 Samuel 13:10 Lit. it from your hand
  10. 2 Samuel 13:13 Or carry
  11. 2 Samuel 13:18 Lit. his
  12. 2 Samuel 13:20 Or yours, been with
  13. 2 Samuel 13:20 Lit. this matter to your heart
  14. 2 Samuel 13:23 Lit. Absalom
  15. 2 Samuel 13:25 Lit. David replied
  16. 2 Samuel 13:27 Lit. him
  17. 2 Samuel 13:27 Lit. all the king’s
  18. 2 Samuel 13:29 Lit. as Absalom had
  19. 2 Samuel 13:31 The Heb. lacks in anguish
  20. 2 Samuel 13:32 Lit. humiliated
  21. 2 Samuel 13:34 So LXX; the Heb. lacks So the … of Horonaim
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John 17

Jesus Prays for Himself, His Disciples, and His Future Followers

17 After Jesus had said this, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you. For[a] you have given him authority over all humanity[b] so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him. And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus the Messiah.[c] I glorified you on earth by completing the task you gave me to do.

“So now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed. I have made your name known to these men whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they realize that everything you gave me comes from you, because the words that you gave me I passed on to them. They have received them and know for sure that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me.

“I am asking on their behalf. I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All that is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine, and I have been glorified through them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by your Name, the Name[d] that you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them by the authority[e] that you gave me. I guarded them, and not one of them became lost except the one who was destined for[f] destruction, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

13 “And now I am coming to you, and I say these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one. 16 They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

17 “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified by the truth. 20 I ask not only on behalf of these men,[g] but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message, 21 so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one[h] in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one, just as we are one. 23 I am in them, and you are in me. May they be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me and that you have loved them as you loved me. 24 Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, the world has never known you. Yet I have known you, and these men have known that you sent me. 26 I made your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have for me[i] may be in them and I myself may be in them.”


  1. John 17:2 Lit. Just as
  2. John 17:2 Lit. flesh
  3. John 17:3 Or Christ
  4. John 17:11 Lit. the one
  5. John 17:12 Lit. by your name
  6. John 17:12 Lit. the son of
  7. John 17:20 The Gk. lacks men
  8. John 17:21 Other mss. lack one
  9. John 17:26 Lit. the love with which you loved me
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Psalm 119:81-96


On Obeying God’s Word

81 I long for your deliverance;
    I have looked to your word,
        placing my hope in it.
82 My eyes grow weary
    with respect to what you have promised—
        I keep asking, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I have become like a water skin dried by[a] smoke,
    I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 How many days must your servant endure this?[b]
    When will you judge those who persecute me?
85 The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me,
    disobeying your instruction.[c]
86 All of your commands are reliable.
    I am persecuted without cause—help me!
87 Though the arrogant[d] nearly destroyed me on earth,
    I did not abandon your precepts.
88 Revive me according to your gracious love;
    and I will keep the decrees that you have proclaimed.


Pay Attention to God’s Word

89 Your word is forever, Lord;
    it is firmly established in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness continues from generation to generation.
    You established the earth, and it stands firm.
91 To this day they stand by means of your rulings,
    for all things serve you.
92 Had your instruction[e] not been my pleasure,
    I would have died in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
    for you have revived me with them.
94 I am yours, so save me,
    since I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lay in wait to destroy me,
    while I ponder your decrees.
96 I have observed that all things have their limit,
    but your commandment is very broad.


  1. Psalm 119:83 The Heb. lacks dried by
  2. Psalm 119:84 The Heb. lacks this
  3. Psalm 119:85 Or Law
  4. Psalm 119:87 Lit. they
  5. Psalm 119:92 Or Law
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Proverbs 16:6-7

Iniquity is atoned for by gracious love and truth,
    and through fear of the Lord people[a] turn from evil.

When a person’s ways please the Lord,
    even his enemies will be at peace with him.


  1. Proverbs 16:6 The Heb. lacks people
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