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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.

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2 Samuel 13:1-39

Tamar é Violentada por Amnom

1Depois de algum tempo, Amnom, filho de Davi, apaixonou-se por Tamar; ela era muito bonita e era irmã de Absalão, outro filho de Davi.

2Amnom ficou angustiado a ponto de adoecer por causa de sua meia-irmã Tamar, pois ela era virgem, e parecia-lhe impossível aproximar-se dela.

3Amnom tinha um amigo muito astuto chamado Jonadabe, filho de Simeia, irmão de Davi. 4Ele perguntou a Amnom: “Filho do rei, por que todo dia você está abatido? Quer me contar o que se passa?”

Amnom lhe disse: “Estou apaixonado por Tamar, irmã de meu irmão Absalão”.

5“Vá para a cama e finja estar doente”, disse Jonadabe. “Quando seu pai vier visitá-lo, diga-lhe: Permite que minha irmã Tamar venha dar-me de comer. Gostaria que ela preparasse a comida aqui mesmo e me servisse. Assim poderei vê-la.”

6Amnom aceitou a ideia e deitou-se, fingindo-se doente. Quando o rei foi visitá-lo, Amnom lhe disse: “Eu gostaria que minha irmã Tamar viesse e preparasse dois bolos aqui mesmo e me servisse”.

7Davi mandou dizer a Tamar no palácio: “Vá à casa de seu irmão Amnom e prepare algo para ele comer”. 8Tamar foi à casa de seu irmão, que estava deitado. Ela amassou a farinha, preparou os bolos na presença dele e os assou. 9Depois pegou a assadeira e lhe serviu os bolos, mas ele não quis comer.

Então Amnom deu ordem para que todos saíssem e, depois que todos saíram, 10disse a Tamar: “Traga os bolos e sirva-me aqui no meu quarto”. Tamar levou os bolos que havia preparado ao quarto de seu irmão. 11Mas, quando ela se aproximou para servi-lo, ele a agarrou e disse: “Deite-se comigo, minha irmã”.

12Mas ela lhe disse: “Não, meu irmão! Não me faça essa violência. Não se faz uma coisa dessas em Israel! Não cometa essa loucura. 13O que seria de mim? Como eu poderia livrar-me da minha desonra? E o que seria de você? Você cairia em desgraça em Israel. Fale com o rei; ele deixará que eu me case com você”. 14Mas Amnom não quis ouvi-la e, sendo mais forte que ela, violentou-a.

15Logo depois Amnom sentiu uma forte aversão por ela, mais forte que a paixão que sentira. E lhe disse: “Levante-se e saia!”

16Mas ela lhe disse: “Não, meu irmão, mandar-me embora seria pior do que o mal que você já me fez”.

Ele, porém, não quis ouvi-la 17e, chamando seu servo, disse-lhe: “Ponha esta mulher para fora daqui e tranque a porta”. 18Então o servo a pôs para fora e trancou a porta. Ela estava vestindo uma túnica longa13.18 Ou de diversas cores; também no versículo 19., pois esse era o tipo de roupa que as filhas virgens do rei usavam desde a puberdade. 19Tamar pôs cinza na cabeça, rasgou a túnica longa que estava usando e se pôs a caminho, com as mãos sobre a cabeça e chorando em alta voz.

20Absalão, seu irmão, lhe perguntou: “Seu irmão, Amnom, fez algum mal a você? Acalme-se, minha irmã; ele é seu irmão! Não se deixe dominar pela angústia”. E Tamar, muito triste, ficou na casa de seu irmão Absalão.

21Ao saber de tudo isso, o rei Davi ficou indignado. 22E Absalão não falou nada com Amnom, nem bem, nem mal, embora o odiasse por ter violentado sua irmã Tamar.

Absalão Mata Amnom

23Dois anos depois, quando os tosquiadores de ovelhas de Absalão estavam em Baal-Hazor, perto da fronteira de Efraim, Absalão convidou todos os filhos do rei para se reunirem com ele. 24Absalão foi ao rei e lhe disse: “Eu, teu servo, estou tosquiando as ovelhas e gostaria que o rei e os seus conselheiros estivessem comigo”.

25Respondeu o rei: “Não, meu filho. Não iremos todos, pois isso seria um peso para você”. Embora Absalão insistisse, ele se recusou a ir, mas o abençoou.

26Então Absalão lhe disse: “Se não queres ir, permite, por favor, que o meu irmão Amnom vá conosco”.

O rei perguntou: “Por que ele iria com você?” 27Mas Absalão insistiu tanto que o rei acabou deixando que Amnom e os seus outros filhos fossem com ele.

28Absalão ordenou aos seus homens: “Ouçam! Quando Amnom estiver embriagado de vinho e eu disser: ‘Matem Amnom!’, vocês o matarão. Não tenham medo; eu assumo a responsabilidade. Sejam fortes e corajosos!” 29Assim os homens de Absalão mataram Amnom, obedecendo às suas ordens. Então todos os filhos do rei montaram em suas mulas e fugiram.

30Estando eles ainda a caminho, chegou a seguinte notícia ao rei: “Absalão matou todos os teus filhos; nenhum deles escapou”. 31O rei levantou-se, rasgou as suas vestes, prostrou-se com o rosto em terra, e todos os conselheiros que estavam com ele também rasgaram as vestes.

32Mas Jonadabe, filho de Simeia, irmão de Davi, disse: “Não pense o meu senhor que mataram todos os seus filhos. Somente Amnom foi morto. Essa era a intenção de Absalão desde o dia em que Amnom violentou Tamar, irmã dele. 33O rei, meu senhor, não deve acreditar que todos os seus filhos estão mortos. Apenas Amnom morreu”.

34Enquanto isso, Absalão fugiu.

Nesse meio-tempo a sentinela viu muita gente que vinha pela estrada de Horonaim, descendo pela encosta da colina, e disse ao rei: “Vejo homens vindo pela estrada de Horonaim, na encosta da colina”13.34 Conforme a Septuaginta. O Texto Massorético não traz esta frase..

35E Jonadabe disse ao rei: “São os filhos do rei! Aconteceu como o teu servo disse”.

36Acabando de falar, os filhos do rei chegaram, chorando em alta voz. Também o rei e todos os seus conselheiros choraram muito.

37Absalão fugiu para o território de Talmai, filho de Amiúde, rei de Gesur. E o rei Davi pranteava por seu filho todos os dias.

38Depois que Absalão fugiu para Gesur e lá permaneceu três anos, 39a ira do rei contra Absalão cessou13.39 Ou o rei teve saudade de Absalão. Conforme os manuscritos do mar Morto e alguns manuscritos da Septuaginta., pois ele se sentia consolado da morte de Amnom.