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2 Samuel 13:1-39

Amnon and Tamar

1In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.

2Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.

3Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man. 4He asked Amnon, “Why do you, the king’s son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?”

Amnon said to him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”

5“Go to bed and pretend to be ill,” Jonadab said. “When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.’ ”

6So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, “I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.”

7David sent word to Tamar at the palace: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him.” 8So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it. 9Then she took the pan and served him the bread, but he refused to eat.

“Send everyone out of here,” Amnon said. So everyone left him. 10Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. 11But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, my sister.”

12“No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing. 13What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.” 14But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.

15Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”

16“No!” she said to him. “Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me.”

But he refused to listen to her. 17He called his personal servant and said, “Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door after her.” 18So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate13:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 19. robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore. 19Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.

20Her brother Absalom said to her, “Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.” And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.

21When King David heard all this, he was furious. 22And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar.

Absalom Kills Amnon

23Two years later, when Absalom’s sheepshearers were at Baal Hazor near the border of Ephraim, he invited all the king’s sons to come there. 24Absalom went to the king and said, “Your servant has had shearers come. Will the king and his attendants please join me?”

25“No, my son,” the king replied. “All of us should not go; we would only be a burden to you.” Although Absalom urged him, he still refused to go but gave him his blessing.

26Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon come with us.”

The king asked him, “Why should he go with you?” 27But Absalom urged him, so he sent with him Amnon and the rest of the king’s sons.

28Absalom ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Haven’t I given you this order? Be strong and brave.” 29So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king’s sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.

30While they were on their way, the report came to David: “Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons; not one of them is left.” 31The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn.

32But Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother, said, “My lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom’s express intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar. 33My lord the king should not be concerned about the report that all the king’s sons are dead. Only Amnon is dead.”

34Meanwhile, Absalom had fled.

Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, “I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill.”13:34 Septuagint; Hebrew does not have this sentence.

35Jonadab said to the king, “See, the king’s sons have come; it has happened just as your servant said.”

36As he finished speaking, the king’s sons came in, wailing loudly. The king, too, and all his attendants wept very bitterly.

37Absalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. But King David mourned many days for his son.

38After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years. 39And King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

2 Samuel 13:1-39

Amnon To Tamar Monnaa

1Na Dawid babarima Absalom wɔ nuabaa bi a na ne ho yɛ fɛ yie. Na saa ɔbaa no din de Tamar.13.1 Na Tamar yɛ Maaka babaa. Na Maaka yi yɛ Gesurhene babaa (3.3). Amnon nso na ɔyɛ Ahinoam babarima. Na Ahinoam yɛ Dawid yere a ɔdi ɛkan na Amnon nso, na ɔyɛ Dawid abakan barima a amanneɛ mu no, ɔbɛdi adeɛ daakye. Na Amnon a ɔyɛ ne nuabarima no kɔn dɔɔ no.

2Amnon tuu nʼani sii Tamar so ara kɔsii sɛ ɛbɔɔ no yadeɛ. Na ɔyɛ ɔbaabunu enti, na Amnon susu sɛ ne dɔ no nkɔsi hwee.

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

5Yonadab kaa sɛ, “Ɛyɛ, mɛkyerɛ wo deɛ wobɛyɛ. Sane kɔ na kɔda wo mpa so, na hyɛ da yɛ sɛ deɛ woyare no. Sɛ wʼagya bɛhunu wo a, ka kyerɛ no sɛ ɔnka nkyerɛ Tamar, na ɔmmɛyɛ aduane bi mma wo nni. Ka kyerɛ no sɛ, sɛ ɔno brɛ wo aduane di a, wo ho bɛtɔ wo.”

6Enti, Amnon boapa yareeɛ. Na ɔhene no bɛsraa no no, Amnon ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Mesrɛ wo, ma Tamar mmɛhwɛ me, na ɔnnoa biribi mma menni.” 7Dawid penee so, somaa Tamar kɔɔ Amnon fie, kɔnoaa aduane maa no.

8Ɛberɛ a Tamar duruu Amnon efie hɔ no, ɔkɔɔ ɛdan a na ɔda mu no mu, sɛdeɛ sɛ Tamar refotɔ asikyiresiam a ɔbɛhunu. Enti, ɔtoo burodo sononko bi maa no. 9Nanso, ɔde aduane no guu apaawa so bɛsii nʼanim no, wampɛ sɛ ɔdi. Na Amnon ka kyerɛɛ nʼasomfoɔ a wɔwɔ hɔ no sɛ, “Obiara mfiri ha nkɔ!” Enti, wɔn nyinaa kɔeɛ.

10Afei, ɔka kyerɛɛ Tamar sɛ, “Fa aduane no brɛ me wɔ me pia mu, na bubu hyɛ mʼano.” Enti, Tamar maa so de kɔɔ hɔ. 11Na ɛberɛ a ɔgu so de rema no no, ɔto hyɛɛ ne so, na ɔkaa sɛ, “Wo ne me nna, me nuabaa ɔdɔfoɔ.”

12Na Tamar teaam sɛ, “Dabi, onua barima! Nni saa nkwaseasɛm no! Ɛnyɛ me saa! Wonim sɛ, sɛ woyɛ a, ɛyɛ bɔne kɛseɛ wɔ Israel. 13Na ɛhe na anka mede saa aniwuo no bɛfa? Na wɔbɛka sɛ, wo nso woyɛ nkwaseafoɔ akɛseɛ a wɔwɔ Israel no mu baako. Mesrɛ wo, ka biribi kɛkɛ kyerɛ ɔhene, na ɔbɛma woaware me.” 14Nanso, Amnon ampene so. Na ɛsiane sɛ ɔwɔ ahoɔden sene Tamar enti, ɔtoo no monnaa.

15Ɛhɔ ara, Amnon dɔ no danee ɔtan. Ɔtan no mu yɛɛ den sen ɔdɔ a na ɔdɔ no no. Ɔteateaam sɛ, “Firi ha kɔ ntɛm!”

16Tamar nso teateaam sɛ, “Dabi. Sɛ worepam me afiri ha seesei no yɛ bɔne kɛseɛ koraa sene deɛ woayɛ me dada no.”

Nanso, Amnon ampɛ sɛ ɔbɛtie no. 17Ɔteaam frɛɛ ne ɔsomfoɔ hyɛɛ no sɛ, “Pam saa ɔbaa yi firi ha, na to ɛpono no mu!” 18Enti, ɔsomfoɔ no pamoo no. Na ɔhyɛ batakari tenten fɛfɛ bi sɛdeɛ na amanneɛ kyerɛ wɔ ɔhene babaa a ɔyɛ ɔbaabunu ho no. 19Nanso, Tamar sunsuanee ne batakari no mu, de nsõ guu ne tiri mu. Afei, ɔde ne nsa kataa nʼani, de esu sii ɛkwan so.

20Ne nuabarima Absalom hunuu no bisaa no sɛ, “Wo nuabarima Amnon ne wo ada anaa? Yɛ dinn, me nuabaa; ɔyɛ wo nuabarima. Mfa saa asɛm yi nhyɛ wʼakoma mu.” Na Tamar tenaa ase sɛ ankonam werɛhoni baa wɔ Absalom fie.

21Ɛberɛ a ɔhene Dawid tee asɛm yi no, ne bo fuu yie. 22Absalom nso anka ho hwee ankyerɛ Amnon. Nanso, ɔtan Amnon yie, ɛfiri sɛ, wagu ne nuabaa Tamar anim ase.

Absalom Tɔ Amnon So Awere

23Mfeɛ mmienu akyi, ɛda koro bi a na wɔretwitwa Absalom nnwan ho nwi wɔ Baal-Hasor a ɛbɛn Efraim hyeɛ so no, Absalom too nsa frɛɛ ɔhene mmammarima nyinaa sɛ wɔmmra hɔ. 24Absalom kɔɔ ɔhene nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Me nnwan nwitwitwafoɔ reyɛ adwuma. Ɔhene ne nʼasomfoɔ bɛba abɛka me ho anaa?”

25Ɔhene buaa sɛ, “Dabi, me ba. Ɛnsɛ sɛ yɛn nyinaa kɔ; yɛbɛyɛ ɔhaw ama wo.” Ɛwom sɛ Absalom hyɛɛ no deɛ, nanso wampene sɛ ɔbɛkorɔ, na ɔhyiraa no kosɛkosɛ.

26Na Absalom kaa sɛ, “Sɛ saa na ɛte deɛ a, ma me nuabarima Amnon mmɛka yɛn ho.”

Ɔhene no bisaa no sɛ, “Adɛn enti na wobisa Amnon?” 27Nanso, ɔhyɛɛ no enti, ɔmaa Amnon ne ahenemma no nyinaa bɛkaa ne ho.

28Absalom ka kyerɛɛ ne nkurɔfoɔ no sɛ, “Montie! Montwɛn na Amnon mmoro nsã, na afei mɛyɛ nsɛnkyerɛnneɛ na moakum no. Monnsuro. Me ara na mahyɛ mo sɛ monyɛ saa. Momfa akokoɔduru nyɛ.” 29Enti, Absalom mmarima no yɛɛ Amnon saa, sɛdeɛ Absalom hyɛɛ wɔn no. Afei, ahene mmammarima no nyinaa sɔre tenatenaa wɔn mfunumu so, na wɔdwaneeɛ.

30Ɛberɛ a wɔresane akɔ Yerusalem no, saa asɛm yi duruu Dawid asom sɛ, “Absalom akunkum wo mmammarima no nyinaa a anka ɔbaako koraa.” 31Ɔhene no huri sii fam, sunsuanee nʼatadeɛ mu, daa fam. Nʼafotufoɔ nyinaa de ahodwirie ne awerɛhoɔ sunsuanee wɔn ntadeɛ mu, dedaa fam saa ara.

32Nanso, ankyɛre biara na Yonadab a ɔyɛ Dawid nuabarima Simea babarima no bɛduruu hɔ kaa sɛ, “Dabi, ɛnte saa. Ɛnyɛ wo mma no nyinaa na wɔakunkum wɔn. Amnon nko ara na wɔakum no. Ɛfiri ɛberɛ a Amnon too ne nuabaa Tamar monnaa no, na Absalom yɛɛ nʼadwene saa. 33Dabi, wo mma no nyinaa nwuwuiɛ saa. Ɛyɛ Amnon nko ara.”

34Saa ɛberɛ no, na Absalom adwane.

Ɔwɛmfoɔ a ɔwɔ Yerusalem ɔfasuo so no hunuu sɛ ɛdɔm kɛseɛ firi atɔeɛ fam reba kuro no mu. Ɔtuu mmirika kɔbɔɔ ɔhene amaneɛ sɛ, “Mahunu sɛ ɛdɔm firi Horonaim ɛkwan a ɛda bepɔ no nkyɛn mu hɔ no so reba.”

35Yonadab ka kyerɛɛ ɔhene no sɛ, “Wɔn na wɔreba no! Wo mma no reba sɛdeɛ mekaeɛ no.”

36Ankyɛre na wɔbɛduruiɛ a, wɔretwa adwo, te anisuo, na ɔhene ne ne mpanimfoɔ nso twaa agyaadwoɔ.

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

38Ɔkɔtenaa Gesur hɔ mfeɛ mmiɛnsa. 39Na Dawid a afei wagyae Amnon wuo no ho asɛm no pɛɛ sɛ ɔne ne babarima Absalom sane ka bom.