1It came to pass after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
2Amnon was so tormented that he made himself sick because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin and it seemed hard in the eyes of Amnon to do anything to her.
3But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man.
4He said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so depressed morning after morning? Will you not tell me?”
5Jonadab said to him, “Lay down on your bed and pretend to be sick. When your father comes to see you, tell him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’”
6So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of heartcakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.”
8So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was lying down. She took dough and kneaded it and made cakes in his sight, and baked the heartcakes.
9She took the pan and poured them out before him, but he refused to eat. Amnon said, “Have all men leave me.” So every man went out from him.
10Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the inner room, that I may eat from your hand.” So Tamar took the cakes that she had made and brought them into the inner room to Amnon her brother.
11But when she had brought them close to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come! Lie with me, my sister!”
12But she answered him, “No, my brother! Do not humiliate me! For such a thing should never be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing!
13And I, where would I carry my shame? And as for you, you will be as one of the godless fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”
14However he would not listen to her voice; but being stronger than she, he humiliated her and lay with her.
But he would not listen to her.
17Then he called his young man who served him and said, “Put this one out from me, and bolt the door after her.”
18So his servant took her out and bolted the door after her. Now she was wearing a long robe with sleeves, for with such robes the king’s daughters who were virgins were dressed.
19Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe that was on her. And she laid her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.
20And Absalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother. Do not take this thing to heart.” So Tamar remained—but desolate—in her brother Absalom’s house.
21But when king David heard of all these things, he was very angry.
22Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad because Absalom hated Amnon, because he had humiliated his sister Tamar.
23It came to pass after two full years that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is beside Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king’s sons.
24Absalom came to the king and said, “See now, your servant has sheepshearers. Please let the king and his servants go with your servant.”
The king said to him, “Why should he go with you?”
27But Absalom pressed him, and he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him. [So Absalom made a banquet like a king’s banquet.]
28Absalom commanded his servants, saying, “Mark now when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine; and when I tell you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have not I myself commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant!”
29The servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man got up on his mule and fled.
30It came to pass while they were on the road that the news came to David, saying, “Absalom has slain all the king’s sons, and there is not one of them left!”
31Then the king arose and tore his garments and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn.
32Jonadab the son of David’s brother Shimeah, answered, “Do not let my lord suppose that they have killed all the young men the king’s sons, for Amnon only is dead; for by the appointment of Absalom this has been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
33Now therefore do not let my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king’s sons are dead; for Amnon only is dead.”
34But Absalom fled. And the young man who was standing watch lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, many people were coming on the road behind him on the side of the hill.
35Jonadab said to the king, “Behold, the king’s sons are coming! It is as your servant said.”
36It came to pass as soon as he had finished speaking, that behold, the king’s sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept. The king also and all his servants wept bitterly.
37But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihur, king of Geshur. David mourned for his son every day.
38So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years,
39and King David longed to go out to Absalom, for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead.