13:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name [was] a Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
(a) Tamar was Absalom's sister both by father
and mother, and Amnon's only by father.
13:2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for
his sister Tamar; for she [was] a b
virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.
(b) And therefore kept her father's house, as
virgins were accustomed.
And Jonadab said unto him, c 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.
(c) Here we see that there is no enterprise so
wicked that it cannot be encouraged to further wickedness.
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 d
cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
(d) Meaning, some delicate and dainty meat.
And she took a pan, and e poured [them]
out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from f
me. And they went out every man from him.
(e) That is, she served them on a dish.
(f) For the wicked are ashamed to do that before
men, which they are not afraid to commit in the sight of God.
And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as
one of g the fools in Israel. Now
therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from
(g) As a lewd and wicked person.
And [she had] a garment of h 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
(h) For that which was of various colours or
pieces, in those days was greatly esteemed, (Genesis
13:20 And Absalom her
brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but i
hold now thy peace, my sister: he [is] thy brother; regard not this thing. So
Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
(i) For though he conceived sudden vengeance in
his heart, yet he concealed it till an opportunity arose, and comforted his
And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in
Baalhazor, which [is] beside Ephraim: and k
Absalom invited all the king's sons.
(k) That is, to a banquet, thinking by it to
fulfil his wicked purpose.
Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother l
Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?
l Pretending to the king that Amnon
was most dear to him.
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 m I commanded you? be courageous,
and be valiant.
(m) Such is the pride of the wicked masters, that
in all their wicked commandments they think to be obeyed.
Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the n
earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
(n) Lamenting, as he that felt the wrath of God
on his house, (2 Samuel
And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant
said, o so it is.
(o) That only Amnon is dead.
13:37 But Absalom
fled, and went to p Talmai, the son of
Ammihud, king of Geshur. And [David] mourned for his son every day.
(p) For Maachah his mother was the daughter of
this Talmai, (2 Samuel