Tamar, the Virgin - 2 Samuel 13

2 Samuel 13:1 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. 

2 Samuel 13:2 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 any  thing to her. 

2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name  was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and  Jonadab was a very subtil man. 

2 Samuel 13:4 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 Absalom’s sister. 

2 Samuel 13:5 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.  

2 Samuel 13:6 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.  

2 Samuel 13:7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to  thy brother Amnon’s house, and dress him meat. 


2 Samuel 13:8 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 cakes. 

2 Samuel 13:9 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 him. 

2 Samuel 13:10 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. 

2 Samuel 13:11 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. 

2 Samuel 13:12 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. 

2 Samuel 13:13 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.  

2 Samuel 13:14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but,  being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.  

2 Samuel 13:15 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. 

2 Samuel 13:16 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. 

2 Samuel 13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered  unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and  bolt the door after her. 

2 Samuel 13:18 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.   

2 Samuel 13:19 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. 

2 Samuel 13:20 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.  

2 Samuel 13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he  was very wroth. 

2 Samuel 13:22 And Absalom spake unto his  brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated  Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.  

2 Samuel 13:23 And it 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.  

2 Samuel 13:24 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 servant. 

2 Samuel 13:25 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 blessed him. 

2 Samuel 13:26 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? 

2 Samuel 13:27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon  and all the king’s sons go with him.  

2 Samuel 13:28 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. 

2 Samuel 13:29 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.  

2 Samuel 13:30 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. 

2 Samuel 13:31  Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the  earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.  

2 Samuel 13:32 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.  

2 Samuel 13:33 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. 

2 Samuel 13:34 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. 

2 Samuel 13:35 And Jonadab said unto the  king, Behold, the king’s sons come: as thy servant said, so it  is. 

2 Samuel 13:36 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.  

2 Samuel 13:37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of  Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his  son every day. 

2 Samuel 13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to  Geshur, and was there three years. 

2 Samuel 13:39 And the soul  of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was  comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.