- Now after this so it was, that Absalom the sonne of Dauid hauing a fayre sister, whose name was Tamar, Amnon the sonne of Dauid loued her.
- And Amnon was so sore vexed, that he fell sicke for his sister Tamar: for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to doe any thing to her.
- But Amnon had a friend called Ionadab, the sonne of Shimeah Dauids brother: and Ionadab was a very subtile man.
- Who sayde vnto him, Why art thou the Kings sonne so leane from day to day?
wilt thou not tell me?
Then Amnon answered him, I loue Tamar my brother Absaloms sister.
- And Ionadab sayd vnto him, Lie downe on thy bed, and make thy selfe sicke: and when thy father shall come to see thee, say vnto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and giue me meate, and let her dresse meate in my sight, that I may see it, and eate it of her hand.
- So Amnon lay downe, and made himselfe sicke: & when the King came to see him, Amnon sayde vnto the King, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may receiue meate at her hand.
- Then Dauid sent home to Tamar, saying, Goe now to thy brother Amnons house, and dresse him meate.
- So Tamar went to her brother Amnons house, and he lay downe: and she tooke floure, and knead it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.
- And she tooke a pan, and powred them out before him, but he would not eat.
Then Amnon saide, Cause ye euery man to goe out from me: so euery man went out from him.
- Then Amnon said vnto Tamar, Bring the meate into the chamber, that I may eate of thine hand;
Tamar tooke the cakes which shee had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
- And when she had set them before him to eate, he tooke her, and sayd vnto her, Come, lye with me, my sister.
- But shee answered him, Nay, my brother, doe not force me: for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: commit not this follie.
- And I, whither shall I cause my shame to goe?
and thou shalt be as one of the fooles in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, speake to the King, for he will not denie me vnto thee.
- Howbeit he would not hearken vnto her voyce, but being stronger then she, forced her, and lay with her.
- Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred wherewith he hated her, was greater then the loue, wherewith hee had loued her: and Amnon sayde vnto her, Vp, get thee hence.
- And she answered him, There is no cause: this euill (to put mee away) is greater then the other that thou diddest vnto me: but he would not heare her,
- But called his seruant that serued him, & sayd, Put this woman now out from me, & locke the doore after her.
- (And she had a garment of diuers coulours vpon her: for with such garments were the Kings daughters that were virgins, apparelled) Then his seruant brought her out, and locked the doore after her.
- And Tamar put ashes on her head and rent the garment of diuers colours which was on her, and layde her hand on her head, and went her way crying.
- And Absalom her brother sayd vnto her, Hath Amnon thy brother bene with thee?
Now yet be still, my sister: he is thy brother: let not this thing grieue thine heart.
So Tamar remayned desolate in her brother Absaloms house.
- But when King Dauid heard all these things, he was very wroth.
- And Absalom sayde vnto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
- And after the time of two yeeres, Absalom had sheepesherers in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim, and Absalom called all the Kings sonnes.
- And Absalom came to the King and sayd, Beholde now, thy seruant hath sheepesherers: I pray thee, that the King with his seruants would goe with thy seruant.
- But the King answered Absalom, Nay my sonne, I pray thee, let vs not goe all, lest we be chargeable vnto thee.
Yet Absalom lay sore vpon him: howbeit he would not go, but thaked him.
- Then sayd Absalom, But, I pray thee, shall not my brother Amnon goe with vs?
And the king answered him, Why should he go with thee?
- But Absalom was instant vpon him, & he sent Amnon with him, & all the Kings children.
- Now had Absalom commanded his seruants, saying, Marke now when Amnons heart is merry with wine, & when I say vnto you, Smite Amnon, kil him, feare not, for haue not I commanded you?
be bold therefore, & play the men.
- And the seruantes of Absalom did vnto Amnon, as Absalom had commanded: and al the Kings sonnes arose, and euery man gate him vp vpon his mule, and fled.
- And while they were in the way, tydings came to Dauid, saying, Absalom hath slaine al the Kings sonnes, & there is not one of them left.
- Then the King arose, & tare his garments, and lay on the ground, & all his seruants stoode by with their clothes rent.
- And Ionadab the sonne of Shimeah Dauids brother answered and sayde, Let not my lord suppose that they haue slayne all the yong men the Kings sonnes: for Amnon onely is dead, because Absalom had reported so, since hee forced his sister Tamar.
- Nowe therefore let not my lord the King take the thing so grieuously, to thinke that all ye Kings sonnes are dead: for Amnon only is dead.
- Then Absalom fled: and the yong man that kept the watch, lift vp his eyes, and looked, and behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behinde him.
- And Ionadab said vnto the King, Behold, ye Kings sonnes come: as thy seruant sayd, so it is.
- And assoone as hee had left speaking, behold, the Kings sonnes came, & lift vp their voyces, and wept: and the King also and all his seruants wept exceedingly sore.
- But Absalom fled away, & went to Talmai the sonne of Ammihur King of Geshur: and Dauid mourned for his sonne euery day.
- So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three yeeres.
- And King Dauid desired to go forth vnto Absalom, because he was pacified concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.