2 Samuel 13 ©
Amnon, in love with Tamar, by Jonadab's counsel feigneth sickness: Tamar attending him at his request, he ravisheth her: he hateth her, and turneth her out of his house: she retireth in grief to her brother Absalom's house. David is wroth, but Absalom concealeth his resentment. Absalom inviteth his brethren to a sheepshearing feast, where Amnon is murdered by Absalom's command. David, alarmed with tidings that all his sons were slain, is told the truth of the matter by Jonadab, whose report is confirmed by the coming of the young men. Absalom fleeth to Geshur; David longeth after him.
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 klaid down. And she took 4flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.
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 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.
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.
But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.
¶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.
And hJonadab, 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 14appointment of Absalom this hath been 15determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
Now therefore ilet 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.
And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: 16as 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 17very *sore.