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CHAP. XIII.

Amnon loves Tamar. how will he then vex himself, if we tell fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was him that the child is dead ?

a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for 19 But when David saw that his ser-him to do any thing to her. vants whispered, David perceived that 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name the child was dead: therefore David said was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's unto bis servants, Is the child dead! And brother and Jonadab was a very subtle man. they said, He is dead.

4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, 20 Then David arose from the earth, being the king's son, lean from day to day and washed, and anointed himself, and wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said changed his apparel, and came into the unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Abhouse of the LORD, and worshipped: then salom's sister. he came to his own house ; and when he 5 And Jonadab said unto hiun, Lay thee required, they set bread before him, and down on thy bed, and make thyself sick : he did eat.

and when thy father cometh to see thee, 21 Then said his servants unto him, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister What thing is this that thou hast done ? Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress thou didst fast and weep for the child, the meat in my sight, that I may see it, while it was alive ; but when the child and eat it at her hand. was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 6 T So Amnon lay down, and made

22 And he said, While the child was himself sick: and when the king was come yet alive, I fasted, and wept; for I said, to see him, Aninon said unto the king, Who can tell whether God will be gracious I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, to me, that the child may live!

and make me a couple of cakes in my 23 But now he is dead, wherefore should sight, that I may cat at her tiand. I fast? can I bring him back again? I sball 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, go to him, but

he shall not return to me. saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's 24 | And David comforted Bath-sheba house, and dress him meat. his wife, and went in unto her, and lay 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amwith her: and she bare a son, and be called non's house ; and be was lain down. And his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him. she took four, and kneaded it, and made

25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes the prophet; and he called his name Je- 9 And she took a pan, and poured them didiah, because of the LORD.

out before him; but he refused to eat. 26 T And Joab fought against Rabbah of And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. the children of Ammon, and took the And they went out every man from him. royal city.

10 And Amnon said urto Tamar, Bring 27 And Joab sent messengers to David, the meat into the chamber, that I may eat and said, I have fought against Rabbah, of thy hand. And Tamar took the cakes and have taken the city of waters. which she had made, and brought them

28 Now therefore gather the rest of the into the chamber to Amnon her brother. peopie together, and encamp against the 11 And when she had brought them unto city, and take it: lest I take the city,and him to eat, he took hold of her, and said it be called after my name.

unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. 29 And David gathered all the people 12 And she answered him, Nay, my together,and went to Rabbah, and fought brother, do not force me; for no such against it, and took it.

thing ought to be done in Israel: do not 30 And he took their king's crown from thou this folly. off his head,(the weight whereof was a 13 And I, whither shall I cause my talent of gold with the precious stones,) shame to go ? and as for thee, thou shalt and it was set on David's head. And he be as one of the fools in Israel. Now brought forth the spoil of the city in great therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king. abundance.

for be wiÚ not withhold me from thee. 31 And he brought forth the people that 14 How beit, he would not hearken unto were therein, and put them under saws and hier voice : but being stronger than she, under harrows of iron, and under axes of forced her, and lay with her. śron, and made them pass through the 15 | Then Amnon hated her exceed. brick-kiln: and thus did he unto all the ingly; so that the hatred wherewith he cities of the children of Ammon. So David bated 'her was greater than the love where, and all the people returned unto Jerusalem. with he had loved her. And Ampon said CHAP. XIII.

unto her, Arise, be gone. ND it came to pass after this, that And unto him, no sister, whose name was Tamar; and Am- greater than the other that thou didst unto non the son of David loved her.

But he would not hearken unto her. 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that bel 17 Then he called his servant that mi

me.

Absalom kalls Amnon.

II. SAMUEL. Joab suborns the widow. nistered unto him, and said, Put now this all the young men the king's sons; for woman out from me, and bolt the door af- Amnon only is dead: for by the appointter her.

ment of Absalom this hath been determin18 And she had a garment of divers ed from the day that he forced his sister colours upon her: for with such robes were Tamar. the king's daughters that were virgins ap- 33 Now therefore let not my lord the parelled. Then bis servant brought her king take the thing to his heart, to think out, and bolted the door after her. that all the king's sons are dead: for Am

19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, non only is dead. and rent her garment of divers colours that 34 But Absalom fled. And the young was on her, and laid her hand on her head, man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and went on crying..

and looked, and behold, there came much 20 And Absalom her brother said unto people by the way of the hill-side behind her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with him. thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: 35 And Jonadab said unto the king, he is thy brother; regard not this thing. Behold, the king's sons come : as thy serSo Tamar remained desolate in her bro- vant said, so it is. ther Absalom's house.

36 And it came to pass, as soon as he 21 | But wben king David heard of had made an end of speaking, that beall these things, he was very wioth. hold, the king's sons came, and lifted up

22 And Absalom spake unto his brother their voice and wept: and the king also Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absa- and all his servants wept very sore. lom hated Amnon, because he had forced 37 | But Absalom Hed, and went to his sister Tamar.

Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Ge23 | And it came to pass after two full shur. And David mourned for his son years, that Absalom had sheep-shearers in every day. Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim : 38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geand Absalom invited all the king's sons. sur, and was there three years.

24 And Absalom came to the king, and 39 And the soul of king David longed to said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheep- go forth unto Absalom: for he was comfortshearers: let the king, I beseech thee, ed concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead. and his .

CHAP. XIV.

Joab my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed Absalom. him: how beit he would not go, but bless- 2 And Joab sent to Tekoak, and fetched him.

ed thence a wise woman, and said unto 26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a thee, let my brother Amnon go wito us. mourner, and put on now mourning appaAnd the king said unto him, Why should rel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be he go with thee?

as a woman that had a long time mourned 27 But Absalom pressed him, that he for the dead : let Amnon and all the king's sons go with 3 And come to the king, and speak on him.

this manner unto him. So Joab put the 28 | Now Absalom had commanded words in her mouth. his servants, saying, Mark ye now when 4 | And when the wonian of Tekoah Amnon's heart is merry, with wine, and spake to the king, she fell on her face to when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then the ground, and did oheisance, and said, kill him, fear not: have not I commanded Help, O king. you ? be courageous, and be valiant. 5 And the king said unto her, What ail.

29 And the servants of Absalom didunto leth thee? And she answered, I am indeed Amnon as Absalom bad commanded. Then a widow woman, and my husband is dead. all the king's sons arose, and every man 6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and gat him up upon bis mule, and fled.

they two strove together in the field, and 30 1 And it came to pass, while they there was none to part them, but the one were in the way, that tidings came to Da- smote the other, and slew him. vid, saying, Absalom hath slain all the 7 And behold, the whole family is risen king's sons, and there is not one of them against thy handmaid, and they said, left.

Deliver him that smote his brother, that 31 Then the king arose, and tare his we may kill him, for the life of his brother garments and lay on the earth ; and all his whom he slew; and we will destroy the servants stood by with their clothes rent. heir also : and so they shall quench my

32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, coal which is left, and shall not leave to David's brother, answered and said, Let my husband neither name nor remainde not my lord suppose that they have siain lupon the earth.

ab and the king said to Absalom,

Nay: Ned that the king's heart was toward

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