:B:1 Now Davids son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Ta mar. It hap pened that Amnon, another of Davids sons, loved her. 2 Amnon was so obsessed that he became ill and, as Tamar was a virgin, he could not do anything. 3 Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, son of Shimeah, Davids brother. Jonadab, who was a very shrewd man, said to him, 4 Oh son of the king, why do you look so miserable morning after morning? Will you not tell me? Amnon replied, I love Tamar, sister of my brother Absalom. 5 So Jonadab said to him, Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill
7 So David sent for Tamar and said to her, Go to your brother Amnons house and prepare him some food. 8 Tamar went to her brother Amnons house where he was lying down. She took dough, kneaded it, made and baked cakes before him. 9 But when she took the pan and set the cakes before him, he refused to eat and said, Send everyone outside. After they all left, 10 Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into the bedroom and let me eat from your hand. Tamar took the cakes she had made and brought them to her brother Amnon in the bedroom. 11 But when she brought them to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, Come, lie with me, my sister. 12 She answered him, No, my brother, do not force me. No such thing is done in Israel. Do not commit this foolish ness. 13 Where will I hide my shame? And you yourself would be regarded as a foolish man by all the people. So please, talk to the king for he will not keep me from you. 14 But he refused to listen to her and, being stronger than she, forced her and lay with her.
15 Afterwards, Amnon hated her with a hatred exceeding the love he had had for her
20 Her brother Absalom spoke to her, Has your brother Amnon been with you? Be calm and do not take this to heart for he is your brother. Desolate as she was, Tamar stayed in her brother Absaloms house.
21 When King David heard of this, he was very angry but he did not like to scold Amnon because he loved him as his firstborn. 22 Absalom, for his part, no longer spoke to Amnon. He hated him for having raped his sister Tamar.
23 Two years later, when Absalom had celebrated the shearing of his flock at Baalhazor near Ephraim, he invited all the kings sons. 24 He himself went to the king and said, I have shearers
30 While they were on the way, a report reached David, Absalom has slain all the kings sons, leaving no one alive. 31 At this, the king tore his garments and lay on the ground
34 Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Then the young watchman saw many people coming from the Horonaim road by the side of the mountain. 35 Jonadab said to the king, Was it not true what I said to you? It is your sons who are coming. 36 As soon as he had spoken, the kings sons came, crying aloud
37-38 As for Absalom, he fled to Tal mai son of Ammihud, king of Geshur, where he remained for three years. 39 All this time King David mourned for his son. And when he had recovered from the death of Amnon he began to yearn for Absalom.