2 Samuel 13
And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose
name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.||
(13:1-22) David's family values|
Ammon (David's son) says to his half-sister
Tamar, "Come lie with me, my sister." But she resists. So he rapes her
and then sends her away. Tamar, knowing that she now belongs to him (since she
was a virgin), expects him to marry her, but he refuses.
(13:1) "Absalom the son of David had a fair sister,
whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her."
"Amnon ... fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin."
(13:4) "I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."
(13:6) "Let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight,
that I may eat at her hand."
David's Son Rapes David's Daughter
And Amnon was so vexed,
that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and
Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her.
But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's
brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to
day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother
And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself
sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let
my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that
I may see it, and eat it at her hand.
So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to
see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of
cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's
house, and dress him meat.
So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she
took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the
And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat.
And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from
And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat
of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them
into the chamber to Amnon her brother.||
And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie
with me, my sister.||
(13:11) "Come lie with me, my sister."
"And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me."
"Speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee."
(13:14) "Being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her."
(13:15-16) "Then Amnon hated her exceedingly ... And said unto her, Arise, be gone.
And she said unto him ... this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me.
And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in
Israel: do not thou this folly.
And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt
be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he
will not withhold me from thee.
Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she,
forced her, and lay with her.
Then Amnon hated her
exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the
love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
And she said unto him,
There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other
that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.||
Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now
this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.||
And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were
the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought
her out, and bolted the door after her.||
And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours
that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.||
(13:19) "Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours."|
They rent their clothes.
They put dust on their heads.
And Absalom her brother
said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy
peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar
remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.||
(13:20a) "And Absalom her brother
said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee?"
(13:20b) "Hold now thy
peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing."
Absolom tells his sister not to say anything about being raped.
"When king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth."
The New Revised Standard Version adds, "but he would not punish
his son Amnon, because he loved him, for he was his firstborn."
David loved Ammon "because he was his firstborn" (good parents love their firstborn sons more than their other kids). As
the Brick Testament suggests,
he probably said something like, "Oh well, I guess firstborns are entitled to one free incestuous rape."
"Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar."
Absalom Murders Amnon
But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.
And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because
he had forced his sister Tamar.
And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers
in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's
And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath
sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy
And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we
be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but
Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us.
And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?
But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with
Now Absalom had
commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with
wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not:
have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.||
(13:28-29) "Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when
Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him ... And the servants of
Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded."|
Absalom has his servants kill his brother
for raping his sister. (This chapter, which includes incest, rape, murder,
should be rated NC-17.)
And the servants of
Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's
sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.
And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to
David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one
of them left.
Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all
his servants stood by with their clothes rent.||
(13:31) "The king ... tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all
his servants stood by with their clothes rent."|
They rent their clothes.
And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let
not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons;
for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been
determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.||
Now therefore let not 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.||
But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his
eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill
side behind him.||
And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy
servant said, so it is.||
And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that,
behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the
king also and all his servants wept very sore.||
But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur.
And David mourned for his son every day.||
So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.||
And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was
comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.