New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 13:1-39

Amnon and Tamar

1Some time later, David’s son Amnon fell in love with Tamar. She was the beautiful sister of Absalom. He was another one of David’s sons.

2Amnon wanted his sister Tamar so much that it made him sick. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do what he wanted with her.

3Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. Jonadab was a very clever man. 4He asked Amnon, “You are the king’s son, aren’t you? So why do you look so worn out every morning? Won’t you tell me?”

Amnon answered, “I’m in love with Tamar. She’s the sister of my brother Absalom.”

5“Go to bed,” Jonadab said. “Pretend to be sick. Your father will come to see you. When he does, tell him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food right here in front of me where I can watch her. Then she can feed it to me.’ ”

6So Amnon went to bed. He pretended to be sick. The king came to see him. Amnon said to him, “I would like my sister Tamar to come here. I want to watch her make some special bread. Then she can feed it to me.”

7David sent a message to Tamar at the palace. He said, “Go to your brother Amnon’s house. Prepare some food for him.” 8So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon. He was lying in bed. She got some dough and mixed it. She shaped the bread right there in front of him. And she baked it. 9Then she took the bread out of the pan and served it to him. But he refused to eat it.

“Send everyone out of here,” Amnon said. So everyone left him. 10Then he said to Tamar, “Bring the food here into my bedroom. Please feed it to me.” So Tamar picked up the bread she had prepared. She brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. 11She took it to him so he could eat it. But he grabbed her. He said, “My sister, come to bed with me.”

12“No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! An evil thing like that should never be done in Israel! Don’t do it! 13What about me? How could I ever get rid of my shame? And what about you? You would be as foolish as any evil person in Israel. Please speak to the king. He won’t keep me from marrying you.” 14But Amnon refused to listen to her. He was stronger than she was. So he raped her.

15Then Amnon hated Tamar very much. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her before. He said to her, “Get up! Get out!”

16“No!” she said to him. “Don’t send me away. That would be worse than what you have already done to me.”

But he refused to listen to her. 17He sent for his personal servant. He said, “Get this woman out of my sight. Lock the door behind her.” 18So his servant threw her out. Then he locked the door behind her. Tamar was wearing a beautiful robe. It was the kind of robe the virgin daughters of the king wore. 19She put ashes on her head. She tore the beautiful robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away. She was weeping out loud as she went.

20When her brother Absalom saw her, he spoke to her. He said, “Has Amnon, that brother of yours, forced you to go to bed with him? My sister, don’t let it upset you. Don’t let it bother you. He’s your brother.” After that, Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house. She was very lonely.

21King David heard about everything that had happened. So he became very angry. 22And Absalom never said a word of any kind to Amnon. He hated Amnon because he had brought shame on his sister Tamar.

Absalom Kills Amnon

23Two years later, Absalom invited all the king’s sons to come to Baal Hazor. It was near the border of Ephraim. The workers who clipped the wool off Absalom’s sheep were there. 24Absalom went to the king. He said, “I’ve had my workers come to clip the wool. Will you and your attendants please join me?”

25“No, my son,” the king replied. “All of us shouldn’t go. It would be too much trouble for you.” Although Absalom begged him, the king still refused to go. But he gave Absalom his blessing.

26Then Absalom said, “If you won’t come, please let my brother Amnon come with us.”

The king asked him, “Why should he go with you?” 27But Absalom begged him. So the king sent Amnon with him. He also sent the rest of his sons.

28Absalom ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon has had too much wine to drink, I’ll say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down.’ When I do, kill him. Don’t be afraid. I’ve given you an order, haven’t I? Be strong and brave.” 29So Absalom’s men killed Amnon, just as Absalom had ordered. Then all the king’s sons got on their mules and rode away.

30While they were on their way, a report came to David. It said, “Absalom has struck down all your sons. Not one of them is left alive.” 31The king stood up and tore his clothes. Then he lay down on the ground. All his attendants stood near him. They had also torn their clothes.

32Jonadab, the son of David’s brother Shimeah, spoke up. He said, “You shouldn’t think that all the princes have been killed. The only one who is dead is Amnon. Absalom had planned to kill him ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar. 33You are my king and master. You shouldn’t be concerned about this report. It’s not true that all your sons are dead. The only one who is dead is Amnon.”

34While all of that was taking place, Absalom ran away.

The man on guard duty at Jerusalem looked up. He saw many people coming on the road west of him. They were coming down the side of the hill. He went and spoke to the king. He said, “I see men coming down the road from Horonaim. They are coming down the side of the hill.”

35Jonadab said to the king, “See, your sons are coming. It has happened just as I said it would.”

36As he finished speaking, the king’s sons came in. They were weeping out loud. The king and all his attendants were also weeping very bitterly.

37When Absalom ran away, he went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud. Talmai was king of Geshur. King David mourned many days for his son Amnon.

38So Absalom ran away and went to Geshur. He stayed there for three years. 39After some time the king got over his sorrow because of Amnon’s death. Then King David longed to go to Absalom.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

2 Samuel 13:1-39

Amnon To Tamar Mmonnaa

1Na Dawid babarima Absalom wɔ nuabea bi a na ne ho yɛ fɛ yiye. Na saa ɔbea no din de Tamar.13.1 Na Tamar yɛ Maaka babea. Na Maaka yi yɛ Gesurhene babea (3.3). Amnon nso na ɔyɛ Ahinoam babarima. Na Ahinoam yɛ Dawid yere a odi kan na Amnon nso, na ɔyɛ Dawid abakan barima a amanne mu no, obedi ade daakye. Na Amnon a ɔyɛ ne nuabarima no kɔn dɔɔ no.

2Amnon tuu nʼani sii Tamar so ara kosii sɛ ɛbɔɔ no yare. Na ɔyɛ ɔbabun nti, na na ɛyɛ sɛ Amnon rentumi nyɛ no hwee.

3Na Amnon wɔ adamfo onifirifo bi a wɔfrɛ no Yonadab. Na ɔyɛ Dawid nuabarima Simea babarima. 4Da koro bi, Yonadab bisaa Amnon se, “Asɛm bɛn na aba? Adɛn nti na ɛsɛ sɛ ɔhene babarima yɛ bosaa anɔpa biara saa?” Na Amnon buaa no se, “Medɔ Tamar, Absalom nuabea no.”

5Yonadab kae se, “Eye, mɛkyerɛ wo nea wobɛyɛ. San kɔ na kɔda wo mpa so, na hyɛ da yɛ sɛnea woyare no. Sɛ wʼagya behu wo a, ka kyerɛ no se ɔnka nkyerɛ Tamar, na ɔmmɛyɛ aduan bi mma wo nni. Ka kyerɛ no se, sɛ ɔno brɛ wo aduan di a, wo ho bɛtɔ wo.”

6Enti Amnon patuw yaree. Na ɔhene no bɛsraa no no, Amnon ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Mesrɛ wo, ma Tamar mmɛhwɛ me, na ɔnnoa biribi mma minni.” 7Dawid penee so, somaa Tamar kɔɔ Amnon fi, kɔnoaa aduan maa no.

8Bere a Tamar duu Amnon fi hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ ɔdan a na ɔda mu no mu, sɛnea sɛ Tamar refɔtɔw asikresiam a obehu. Enti ɔtoo brodo sononko bi maa no. 9Nanso ɔde aduan no guu apampaa so besii nʼanim no, wampɛ sɛ odi. Na Amnon ka kyerɛɛ nʼasomfo a wɔwɔ hɔ no se, “Obiara mfi ha nkɔ!” Enti wɔn nyinaa kɔe.

10Afei, ɔka kyerɛɛ Tamar se, “Fa aduan no brɛ me wɔ me pia mu, na bubu hyɛ mʼano.” Enti Tamar maa so de kɔɔ hɔ. 11Na bere a ogu so de rema no no, ɔtow hyɛɛ ne so, na ɔkae se, “Wo ne me nna, me nuabea ɔdɔfo.”

12Na Tamar teɛɛ mu se, “Dabi da, onuabarima! Nyɛ saa amumɔyɛde yi! Nyɛ me saa! Wunim sɛ, sɛ woyɛ a, ɛyɛ bɔne kɛse wɔ Israel. 13Na ɛhe na anka mede saa aniwu no bɛfa? Na wɔbɛka sɛ, wo nso woyɛ nkwaseafo akɛse a wɔwɔ Israel no mu baako. Mesrɛ wo, ka biribi kɛkɛ kyerɛ ɔhene, na ɔbɛma woaware me.” 14Nanso Amnon ampene so. Na esiane sɛ ɔwɔ ahoɔden sen Tamar nti, ɔtoo no mmonnaa.

15Ɛhɔ ara, Amnon dɔ no dan ɔtan. Ɔtan no mu yɛɛ den sen ɔdɔ a na ɔdɔ no no. Ɔteɛteɛɛ mu se, “Fi ha kɔ ntɛm!”

16Tamar nso teɛteɛɛ mu se, “Dabi da. Sɛ worepam me afi ha mprempren no yɛ bɔne kɛse koraa sen nea woayɛ me dedaw no.”

Nanso Amnon ampɛ sɛ obetie no. 17Ɔteɛɛ mu frɛɛ ne somfo hyɛɛ no se, “Pam saa ɔbea yi fi ha, na to pon no mu!” 18Enti ɔsomfo no pam no. Na ɔhyɛ batakari tenten fɛfɛ bi sɛnea na amanne kyerɛ wɔ ɔhene babea a ɔyɛ ɔbabun ho no. 19Nanso Tamar sunsuan ne batakari no mu, de nsõ guu ne ti mu. Afei, ɔde ne nsa kataa nʼani, de osu sii kwan so.

20Ne nuabarima Absalom huu no bisaa no se, “Wo nuabarima Amnon ne wo ada ana? Yɛ dinn, me nuabea; ɔyɛ wo nuabarima. Mfa saa asɛm yi nhyɛ wo koma mu.” Na Tamar tenaa ase sɛ ankonam werɛhonibea wɔ Absalom fi.

21Bere a ɔhene Dawid tee asɛm no, ne bo fuw yiye. 22Absalom nso anka ho hwee ankyerɛ Amnon. Nanso ɔtan Amnon yiye, efisɛ wagu ne nuabea Tamar anim ase.

Absalom Tɔ Amnon So Were

23Mfe abien akyi, da koro bi a na wɔretwitwa Absalom nguan ho nwi wɔ Baal-Hasor a ɛbɛn Efraim hye so no, Absalom too nsa frɛɛ ɔhene mmabarima nyinaa sɛ wɔmmra hɔ. 24Absalom kɔɔ ɔhene nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no se, “Me nguan nwitwitwafo reyɛ adwuma. Ɔhene ne nʼasomfo bɛba abɛka me ho ana?”

25Ɔhene buae se, “Dabi, me ba. Ɛnsɛ sɛ yɛn nyinaa kɔ; yɛbɛyɛ ɔhaw ama wo.” Ɛwɔ mu sɛ Absalom hyɛɛ no de, nanso wampene sɛ ɔbɛkɔ, na ohyiraa no kosɛkosɛ.

26Na Absalom kae se, “Sɛ saa na ɛte de a, ma me nuabarima Amnon mmɛka yɛn ho.”

Ɔhene no bisaa no se, “Adɛn nti na ɛsɛ sɛ ɔbɛka mo ho?” 27Nanso ɔhyɛɛ no nti, ɔmaa Amnon ne ahenemma no nyinaa bɛkaa ne ho.

28Absalom ka kyerɛɛ ne nkurɔfo no se, “Muntie! Montwɛn na Amnon mmow nsa, na afei mɛyɛ nsɛnkyerɛnne na moakum no. Munnsuro. Me ara na mahyɛ mo sɛ monyɛ saa. Momfa akokoduru nyɛ.” 29Enti Absalom mmarima no yɛɛ Amnon saa, sɛnea Absalom hyɛɛ wɔn no. Afei, ahene mmabarima no nyinaa sɔre tenatenaa wɔn mfurum so, na woguanee.

30Bere a wɔresan akɔ Yerusalem no, saa asɛm yi duu Dawid asom se, “Absalom akunkum wo mmabarima no nyinaa a anka ɔbaako koraa.” 31Ɔhene no huruw sii fam, sunsuan nʼatade mu, daa fam. Nʼafotufo nyinaa de ahodwiriw ne awerɛhow sunsuan wɔn ntade mu, dedaa fam saa ara.

32Nanso ankyɛ biara na Yonadab a ɔyɛ Dawid nuabarima Simea babarima no beduu hɔ kae se, “Dabi, ɛnte saa. Ɛnyɛ wo mma no nyinaa na wɔakunkum wɔn. Amnon nko ara na wɔakum no. Efi bere a Amnon too ne nuabea Tamar mmonnaa no, na Absalom yɛɛ nʼadwene saa. 33Dabi, wo mma no nyinaa nwuwui saa. Ɛyɛ Amnon nko ara.”

34Saa bere no, na Absalom aguan.

Ɔwɛmfo a ɔwɔ Yerusalem fasu so no huu sɛ dɔm kɛse fi atɔe fam reba kurow no mu. Otuu mmirika kɔbɔɔ ɔhene amanneɛ se, “Mahu sɛ dɔm fi Horonaim kwan a ɛda bepɔw no nkyɛn mu hɔ no so reba.”

35Yonadab ka kyerɛɛ ɔhene no se, “Wɔn na wɔreba no! Wo mma no reba sɛnea mekae no.”

36Ankyɛ na wobedui a, wɔretwa adwo, tew nisu, na ɔhene ne ne mpanyimfo nso twaa agyaadwo.

37Na Dawid suu ne babarima Amnon nna bebree. Na Absalom guan kɔɔ ne nena barima Talmai a na ɔyɛ Amihud a na ɔyɛ ɔhene Gesur no babarima nkyɛn.

38Ɔkɔtenaa Gesur hɔ mfe abiɛsa. 39Na Dawid a afei wagyae Amnon wu no ho asɛm no pɛɛ sɛ ɔne ne babarima Absalom san ka bɔ mu.