1 Factum est autem post haec, ut Absalom filii David soro rem speciosissimam, vocabulo Thamar, adamaret Amnon filius David.
2 Et angustiatus est Amnon, ita ut aegrotaret propter amorem Thamar sororis suae, quia, cum esset virgo, difficile ei videbatur ut quippiam inhoneste ageret cum ea.
3 Erat autem Amnonis amicus nomine Ionadab filius Samma fratris David, vir callidus valde.
4 Qui dixit ad eum: "Quare sic attenuaris macie, fili regis, per singulos dies? Cur non indicas mihi?". Dixitque ei Amnon: "Thamar sororem Absalom fratris mei amo".
5 Cui respondit Ionadab: "Cuba super lectulum tuum et languorem simula. Cumque venerit pater tuus, ut visitet te, dic ei: "Veniat, oro, Thamar soror mea, ut det mihi cibum et faciat in oculis meis pulmentum, ut videam et comedam de manu eius" ".
6 Accubuit itaque Amnon et simulavit languorem. Cumque venisset rex ad visitandum eum, ait Amnon ad regem: "Veniat, obsecro, Thamar soror mea, ut faciat in oculis meis duas sorbitiunculas, et cibum capiam de manu eius".
7 Misit ergo David ad Thamar domum dicens: "Veni in domum Amnon fratris tui et fac ei pulmentum".
8 Venitque Thamar in domum Amnon fratris sui; ille autem iacebat. Quae tollens farinam commiscuit et conficiens in oculis eius coxit sorbitiunculas.
9 Tollensque sartaginem effudit, quod coxerat, et posuit coram eo. Noluit comedere; dixitque Amnon: "Eicite universos a me". Cumque exissent omnes,
10 dixit Amnon ad Thamar: "Infer cibum in conclave, ut vescar de manu tua". Tulit ergo Thamar sorbitiunculas, quas fecerat, et intulit ad Amnon fratrem suum in conclave.
11 Cumque obtulisset ei cibum, apprehendit eam et ait: "Veni, cuba mecum, soror mea".
12 Quae respondit ei: "Noli, frater mi, noli opprimere me! Neque enim hoc fas est in Israel; noli facere stultitiam hanc.
13 Et ego quo ibo in opprobrio meo? Et tu eris quasi unus de insipientibus in Israel; quin potius loquere ad regem, et non negabit me tibi".
14 Noluit autem acquiescere precibus eius, sed praevalens viribus oppressit eam et cubavit cum illa.
15 Et exosam eam habuit Amnon magno odio nimis, ita ut maius esset odium, quo oderat eam, amore, quo ante dilexerat. Dixitque ei Amnon: "Surge, vade!".
16 Quae respondit ei: "Ne fiat, frater mi, quia maius est hoc malum, quod nunc agis adversum me expellens me, quam quod ante fecisti". Et noluit audire eam;
17 sed vocato puero, qui ministrabat ei, dixit: "Eice hanc a me foras et claude ostium post eam".
18 Quae induta erat talari tunica; huiusmodi enim filiae regis virgines palliis vestibus utebantur. Eiecit itaque eam minister illius foras clausitque fores post eam.
19 Quae aspergens pulverem capiti suo, scissa talari tunica impositisque manibus super caput suum, ibat ingrediens et clamans.
20 Dixit autem ei Absalom frater suus: "Num Amnon frater tuus fuit tecum? Sed nunc, soror, tace: frater tuus est; neque affligas cor tuum pro re hac". Mansit itaque Thamar desolata in domo Absalom fratris sui.
21 Cum autem audisset rex David omnia haec, iratus est valde; et noluit contristare spiritum Amnon filii sui, quoniam diligebat eum, quia primogenitus erat ei.
22 Porro non est locutus Absalom ad Amnon nec malum nec bonum; oderat enim Absalom Amnon, eo quod violasset Thamar sororem suam.
23 Factum est autem post tempus biennii, ut tonderentur oves Absalom in Baalhasor, quae est iuxta Ephraim; et vocavit Absalom omnes filios regis.
24 Venitque ad regem et ait ad eum: "Ecce tondentur oves servi tui; veniat, oro, rex cum servis suis ad servum tuum".
25 Dixitque rex ad Absalom: "Noli, fili mi, noli rogare, ut veniamus omnes et gravemus te". Cum autem cogeret eum, et noluisset ire, benedixit ei.
26 Et ait Absalom: "Si non vis venire, veniat, obsecro, nobiscum saltem Amnon frater meus". Dixitque ad eum rex: "Cur vadet tecum?".
27 Coegit itaque eum Absalom, et dimisit cum eo Amnon et universos filios regis. Fecitque Absalom convivium quasi convivium regis.
28 Praecepit autem Absalom pueris suis dicens: "Observate. Cum hilarior fuerit Amnon vino, et dixero vobis: Percutite Amnon et interficite eum!, nolite timere; ego enim sum, qui praecepi vobis. Roboramini et estote viri fortes".
29 Fecerunt ergo pueri Absalom adversum Amnon, sicut praeceperat eis Absalom; surgentesque omnes filii regis ascenderunt singuli mulos suos et fugerunt.
30 Cumque adhuc pergerent in itinere, fama praevenit ad David dicens: "Percussit Absalom omnes filios regis, et non remansit ex eis saltem unus".
31 Surrexit itaque rex et scidit vestimenta sua et prostravit se super terram; et omnes servi ipsius, qui assistebant ei, sciderunt vestimenta sua.
32 Respondens autem Ionadab filius Samma fratris David dixit: "Ne aestimet dominus meus quod omnes pueri filii regis occisi sint; Amnon solus mortuus est, quoniam in ore Absalom hoc erat positum ex die, qua oppressit Thamar sororem eius.
33 Nunc ergo ne ponat dominus meus rex super cor suum verbum istud dicens: "Omnes filii regis occisi sunt", quoniam Amnon solus mortuus est".
34 Fugit autem Absalom. Et levavit puer speculator oculos suos et aspexit, et ecce populus multus veniebat per viam Oronaim ex latere montis in descensu; et venit speculator et nuntiavit regi dicens: "Video homines per viam Oronaim".
35 Dixit autem Ionadab ad regem: "Ecce filii regis adsunt! Iuxta verbum servi tui sic factum est".
36 Cumque cessasset loqui, apparuerunt et filii regis et intrantes levaverunt vocem suam et fleverunt; sed et rex et omnes servi eius fleverunt ploratu magno nimis.
37 Porro Absalom fugiens abiit ad Tholmai filium Ammiud regem Gesur. Luxit ergo David filium suum cunctis diebus.
38 Absalom autem, cum fugisset et venisset in Gesur, fuit ibi tribus annis.
39 Cessavitque spiritus regis adversari Absalom, eo quod consolatus esset super Amnon interitu.
King James Version
1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.
3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.
5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.
6 ¶ So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon's house, and dress him meat.
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.
9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.
10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.
12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.
13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.
14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.
15 ¶ Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.
17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.
18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.
19 ¶ And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.
20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house.
21 ¶ But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.
22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
23 ¶ And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal-hazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons.
24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.
25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.
26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?
27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king's sons go with him.
28 ¶ Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.
29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.
30 ¶ And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king's sons, and there is not one of them left.
31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king's sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.
34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him.
35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king's sons come: as thy servant said, so it is.
36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king's sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.
37 ¶ But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.