2 Samuel 13:1-39: Consequences of sin in David's house

2 Samuel 13:1-39: Consequences of sin in David's house


David’s oldest son Amnon falls in love with his half-sister Tamar. His desire for her is so strong it makes him sick. Amnon’s cousin Jonadab cooks up a scheme for Amnon to have Tamar. Amnon pretends to be sick in bed, asking David to send Tamar to prepare food for him (thus involving David unknowingly in the plot). When Tamar comes into Amnon’s room to bring the food, he rapes her in spite of her pleas to do the right thing and marry her first. Afterward, Amnon despises her, sends her away, and she goes to live in the house of her brother Absalom.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Absalom waits two years before inviting all his brothers to a banquet. There his servants kill Amnon. When the events of the banquet are reported to David, he thinks at first that all his sons are dead. He is informed that only Amnon is dead, killed by Absalom because he raped Tamar. Absalom has to flee the kingdom, but David mourns his loss and longs to go to Absalom.


God of honesty, open our eyes to the sins of those we love the most, so we might lead them to you.

Dr. Gary Holloway is guest writing for The Journey Bible Project Blog.


Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway. 

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