1 Some time passed.I David’sII sonIII AbsalomIV
had a beautifulV sisterVI whose nameVII
was Tamar,VIII and David’s son AmnonIX fell in loveX with her.
2 Amnon was so tormentedXI that he made himself illXII because ofXIII his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin,XIV
and it seemed impossibleXV to Amnon to doXVI anythingXVII to her.
3 But Amnon had a friendXVIII whose name was Jonadab,XIX the son of David’s brotherXX Shimeah,XXI
and Jonadab was a veryXXII craftyXXIII man.XXIV
4 He said to him, “O son of the king,XXV why are you so haggardXXVI morningXXVII after morning? Will you not tellXXVIII me?”
Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”
5 JonadabXXIX said to him, “Lie downXXX on your bedXXXI and pretend to be ill,XXXII and when your fatherXXXIII comesXXXIV to seeXXXV you,
say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar comeXXXVI and giveXXXVII me something to eatXXXVIII and prepareXXXIX
the foodXL in my sight,XLI so that I may see it and eatXLII it from her hand.’”XLIII
6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill, and when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “PleaseXLIV let my sister Tamar come and makeXLV a coupleXLVI of cakesXLVII in my sight, so that I may eatXLVIII from her hand.”
7 Then David sentXLIX homeL to Tamar, saying, “GoLI to your brother Amnon’s houseLII and prepare food for him.”
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house, where he was lying down. She tookLIII dough,LIV kneaded it, made cakesLV in his sight, and bakedLVI the cakes.
9 Then she took the panLVII and setLVIII them beforeLIX him, but he refused to eat.LX
Amnon said, “Send outLXI everyoneLXII from me.” So everyone went outLXIII from him.
10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “BringLXIV the food into the chamberLXV so that I may eatLXVI from your hand.” So Tamar took the cakes she had madeLXVII and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
11 But when she broughtLXVIII them near him to eat,LXIX he took holdLXX of her and said to her, “Come, lieLXXI with me, my sister.”
12 She answered him, “No, my brother, do not forceLXXII me, for such a thingLXXIII is not done in Israel;LXXIV do not do anything so vile!LXXV
13 As for me, where could I carryLXXVI my shame?LXXVII And as for you, you would beLXXVIII as oneLXXIX of the scoundrelsLXXX in Israel.
Now therefore, I begLXXXI you, speakLXXXII to the king, for he will not withholdLXXXIII me from you.”
14 But he wouldLXXXIV not listenLXXXV to her,LXXXVI
and being strongerLXXXVII than she, he forced her and lay with her. 15 Then Amnon was seized with a veryLXXXVIII greatLXXXIX loathingXC for her;XCI
indeed, his loathingXCII was even greaterXCIII than the lustXCIV he had feltXCV for her. Amnon said to her, “Get out!”XCVI
16 But she said to him, “No, my brother, forXCVII this wrongXCVIII in sending me away is greater than the otherXCIX that you did to me.” But he would not listen to her.
21 When King David heard of all these things,C he became very angry,CI but he would not punish his son Amnon because he loved him, for he was his firstborn. 22 But Absalom spoke to Amnon neither goodCII nor bad,CIII for Absalom hatedCIV Amnon because he had rapedCV his sister Tamar.
Image credit: “Blossom of Pain” by Edvard Munch.