2 SAMUEL 12:24 – 3:12
12:24 And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife and went in unto her and lay with her. And she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And Jehovah loved him;
12:25 And He sent word through Nathan the prophet and called his name Jedidiah for Jehovah’s sake.
12:26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon and took the royal city.
12:27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, I have fought against Rabbah; indeed I have taken the city of water.
12:28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people, and encamp against the city, and take it; otherwise I myself will take the city, and it will be called by my name.
12:29 So David gathered all the people and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it.
12:30 And he took the crown of their king from off his head. And the weight of it was a talent of gold, and it had precious stones; and it was put upon David’s head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city, a very great amount.
12:31 And he brought out the people who were in it and set them under saws and iron cutting tools and iron axes and made them pass through the brick kilns; and thus did he do to all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
13:1 And some time after this, it so happened that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
13:2 And Amnon was so distraught that he made himself sick because of Tamar his sister; for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her.
13:3 Now Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very crafty man.
13:4 And he said to him, Why are you, O son of the king, so downcast morning after morning? Will you not tell me? And Amnon said to him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.
13:5 And Jonadab said to him, Lie down on your bed, and pretend to be sick; and when your father comes to see you, tell him, Please let Tamar my sister come and give me bread to eat, and let her make me food in my sight that I may see it and eat from her hand.
13:6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be sick. And when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat them from her hand.
13:7 Then David sent word home to Tamar, saying, Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and make him food.
13:8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was lying down. And she took dough and kneaded it and made cakes in his sight and baked the cakes.
13:9 And she took the pan and emptied it before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said, Have all the men go out from me. And all the men went out from him.
13:10 And Amnon said to Tamar, Bring the food into my room so that I may eat from your hand. And Tamar took the cakes that she had made and brought them to Amnon her brother in his room.
13:11 And when she brought them near to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, Come lie with me, my sister.
13:12 And she said to him, No, my brother. Do not force me, for such a thing should not be done in Israel. Do not commit this folly.