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
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
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
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
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
22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor
bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister
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
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
39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom:
for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.
1 Now Joab the
son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom.
2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched thence a wise woman,
and said unto her, I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner,
and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with
oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the
3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So
Joab put the words in her mouth.
4 And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on
her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, Help, O
5 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered,
I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.
6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together
in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote
the other, and slew him.
7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid,
and they said, Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may
kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will
destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which
is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor
remainder upon the earth.
8 And the king said unto the woman, Go to thine house, and I
will give charge concerning thee.
9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, My lord, O king,
the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house: and the king
and his throne be guiltless.
10 And the king said, Whosoever saith ought unto thee, bring
him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.
11 Then said she, I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD
thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood
to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son. And he said,
As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall
to the earth.
12 Then the woman said, Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak
one word unto my lord the king. And he said, Say on.
13 And the woman said, Wherefore then hast thou thought such
a thing against the people of God? for the king doth speak this
thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch
home again his banished.
14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground,
which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect
any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not
expelled from him.
15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto
my lord the king, it is because the people have made me afraid:
and thy handmaid said, I will now speak unto the king; it may
be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.
16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the
hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out
of the inheritance of God.
17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall
now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the
king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will
be with thee.
18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not
from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the
woman said, Let my lord the king now speak.
19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all
this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my
lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left
from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant
Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of
20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab
done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom
of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this
thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.
22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself,
and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth
that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that
the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.
23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to
24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let
him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and
saw not the king's face.
25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as
Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the
crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's
end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore
he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred
shekels after the king's weight.
27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter,
whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not
the king's face.
29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the
king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the
second time, he would not come.
30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is
near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire.
And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and
said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying,
Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore
am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been
there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if
there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.
33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called
for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face
to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.
1 And it came to
pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses,
and fifty men to run before him.
2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the
gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy
came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him,
and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is
of one of the tribes of Israel.
3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right;
but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land,
that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto
me, and I would do him justice!
5 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him
obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.
6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to
the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men
7 And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto
the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have
vowed unto the LORD, in Hebron.
8 For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria,
saying, If the LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem,
then I will serve the LORD.
9 And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and
went to Hebron.
10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel,
saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye
shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.
11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that
were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew
not any thing.
12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counseller,
from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices.
And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually
13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of
the men of Israel are after Absalom.
14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at
Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape
from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly,
and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of
15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants
are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.
16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him.
And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep
17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and
tarried in a place that was far off.
18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites,
and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men
which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest
thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king:
for thou art a stranger, and also an exile.
20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make
thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return
thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.
21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the LORD liveth,
and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord
the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also
will thy servant be.
22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the
Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones
that were with him.
23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people
passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron,
and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.
24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing
the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of
God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing
out of the city.
25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into
the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he
will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:
26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here
am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a
seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with
you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.
28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there
come word from you to certify me.
29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again
to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.
30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept
as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot:
and all the people that was with him covered every man his head,
and they went up, weeping as they went up.
31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators
with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the
counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.
32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top
of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite
came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:
33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou
shalt be a burden unto me:
34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will
be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father's servant
hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou
for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.
35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the
priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou
shalt hear out of the king's house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok
and Abiathar the priests.
36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz
Zadok's son, and Jonathan Abiathar's son; and by them ye shall
send unto me every thing that ye can hear.
37 So Hushai David's friend came into the city, and Absalom
came into Jerusalem.