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2 Samuel 10:1
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David Defeats the Ammonites(a)

In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king.
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2 Samuel 10:2
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David thought, "I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash,(b) just as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father. When David's men came to the land of the Ammonites,
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2 Samuel 10:3
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the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think David is honoring your father by sending envoys to you to express sympathy? Hasn't David sent them to you only to explore the city and spy it out(c) and overthrow it?"
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2 Samuel 10:4
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So Hanun seized David's envoys, shaved off half of each man's beard,(d) cut off their garments at the buttocks,(e) and sent them away.
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2 Samuel 10:5
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When David was told about this, he sent messengers to meet the men, for they were greatly humiliated. The king said, "Stay at Jericho till your beards have grown, and then come back."
2 Samuel 10:6
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When the Ammonites realized that they had become obnoxious(f) to David, they hired twenty thousand Aramean(g) foot soldiers from Beth Rehob(h) and Zobah,(i) as well as the king of Maakah(j) with a thousand men, and also twelve thousand men from Tob.(k)
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2 Samuel 10:7
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On hearing this, David sent Joab(l) out with the entire army of fighting men.
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2 Samuel 10:8
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The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance of their city gate, while the Arameans of Zobah and Rehob and the men of Tob and Maakah were by themselves in the open country.
2 Samuel 10:9
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Joab saw that there were battle lines in front of him and behind him; so he selected some of the best troops in Israel and deployed them against the Arameans.
2 Samuel 10:10
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He put the rest of the men under the command of Abishai(m) his brother and deployed them against the Ammonites.
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2 Samuel 10:11
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Joab said, "If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you are to come to my rescue; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to rescue you.
2 Samuel 10:12
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Be strong,(n) and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight."(o)
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2 Samuel 10:13
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Then Joab and the troops with him advanced to fight the Arameans, and they fled before him.
2 Samuel 10:14
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When the Ammonites(p) realized that the Arameans were fleeing, they fled before Abishai and went inside the city. So Joab returned from fighting the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem.
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2 Samuel 10:15
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After the Arameans saw that they had been routed by Israel, they regrouped.
2 Samuel 10:16
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Hadadezer had Arameans brought from beyond the Euphrates River; they went to Helam, with Shobak the commander of Hadadezer's army leading them.
2 Samuel 10:17
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When David was told of this, he gathered all Israel, crossed the Jordan and went to Helam. The Arameans formed their battle lines to meet David and fought against him.
2 Samuel 10:18
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But they fled before Israel, and David killed seven hundred of their charioteers and forty thousand of their foot soldiers.[a] He also struck down Shobak the commander of their army, and he died there.
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2 Samuel 10:19
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When all the kings who were vassals of Hadadezer saw that they had been routed by Israel, they made peace with the Israelites and became subject(q) to them. So the Arameans(r) were afraid to help the Ammonites anymore.
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2 Samuel 11:1
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David and Bathsheba

In the spring,(a) at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab(b) out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army.(c) They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.(d) But David remained in Jerusalem.
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2 Samuel 11:2
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One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof(e) of the palace. From the roof he saw(f) a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
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2 Samuel 11:3
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and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "She is Bathsheba,(g) the daughter of Eliam(h) and the wife of Uriah(i) the Hittite."
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2 Samuel 11:4
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Then David sent messengers to get her.(j) She came to him, and he slept(k) with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.)(l) Then she went back home.
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2 Samuel 11:5
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The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant."
2 Samuel 11:6
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So David sent this word to Joab: "Send me Uriah(m) the Hittite." And Joab sent him to David.
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2 Samuel 11:7
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When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.
2 Samuel 11:8
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Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet."(n) So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.
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2 Samuel 11:9
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But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master's servants and did not go down to his house.
2 Samuel 11:10
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David was told, "Uriah did not go home." So he asked Uriah, "Haven't you just come from a military campaign? Why didn't you go home?"
2 Samuel 11:11
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Uriah said to David, "The ark(o) and Israel and Judah are staying in tents,[a] and my commander Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love(p) to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"
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2 Samuel 11:12
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Then David said to him, "Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
2 Samuel 11:13
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At David's invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master's servants; he did not go home.
2 Samuel 11:14
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In the morning David wrote a letter(q) to Joab and sent it with Uriah.
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2 Samuel 11:15
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In it he wrote, "Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down(r) and die.(s)"
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2 Samuel 11:16
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So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.
2 Samuel 11:17
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When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
2 Samuel 11:18
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Joab sent David a full account of the battle.
2 Samuel 11:19
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He instructed the messenger: "When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,
2 Samuel 11:20
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the king's anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?
2 Samuel 11:21
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Who killed Abimelek(t) son of Jerub-Besheth[b]? Didn't a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall,(u) so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?' If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'"
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2 Samuel 11:22
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The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.
2 Samuel 11:23
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The messenger said to David, "The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate.
2 Samuel 11:24
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Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king's men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead."
2 Samuel 11:25
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David told the messenger, "Say this to Joab: ‘Don't let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.' Say this to encourage Joab."
2 Samuel 11:26
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When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.
2 Samuel 11:27
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After the time of mourning(v) was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased(w) the Lord .
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2 Samuel 12:1
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Nathan Rebukes David(a)

The Lord sent Nathan(b) to David.(c) When he came to him,(d) he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.
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2 Samuel 12:2
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The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle,
2 Samuel 12:3
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but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
2 Samuel 12:4
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"Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."
2 Samuel 12:5
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David(e) burned with anger(f) against the man(g) and said to Nathan, "As surely as the Lord lives,(h) the man who did this must die!
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2 Samuel 12:6
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He must pay for that lamb four times over,(i) because he did such a thing and had no pity."
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2 Samuel 12:7
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Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man!(j) This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed(k) you(l) king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
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2 Samuel 12:8
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I gave your master's house to you,(m) and your master's wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
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2 Samuel 12:9
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Why did you despise(n) the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down(o) Uriah(p) the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed(q) him with the sword of the Ammonites.
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2 Samuel 12:10
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Now, therefore, the sword(r) will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'
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2 Samuel 12:11
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"This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household(s) I am going to bring calamity on you.(t) Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.(u)
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2 Samuel 12:12
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You did it in secret,(v) but I will do this thing in broad daylight(w) before all Israel.'"
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2 Samuel 12:13
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Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned(x) against the Lord ." Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away(y) your sin.(z) You are not going to die.(aa)
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2 Samuel 12:14
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But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord ,(ab) the son born to you will die."
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2 Samuel 12:15
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After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck(ac) the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill.
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2 Samuel 12:16
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David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying(ad) in sackcloth[b] on the ground.
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2 Samuel 12:17
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The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused,(ae) and he would not eat any food with them.(af)
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2 Samuel 12:18
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On the seventh day the child died. David's attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, "While the child was still living, he wouldn't listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate."
2 Samuel 12:19
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David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. "Is the child dead?" he asked. "Yes," they replied, "he is dead."
2 Samuel 12:20
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Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed,(ag) put on lotions and changed his clothes,(ah) he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
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2 Samuel 12:21
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His attendants asked him, "Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept,(ai) but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!"
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2 Samuel 12:22
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He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows?(aj) The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.'(ak)
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2 Samuel 12:23
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But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him,(al) but he will not return to me."(am)
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2 Samuel 12:24
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Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba,(an) and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon.(ao) The Lord loved him;
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2 Samuel 12:25
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and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.[c](ap)
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2 Samuel 12:26
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Meanwhile Joab fought against Rabbah(aq) of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel.
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2 Samuel 12:27
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Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, "I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply.
2 Samuel 12:28
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Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it. Otherwise I will take the city, and it will be named after me."
2 Samuel 12:29
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So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it.
2 Samuel 12:30
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David took the crown(ar) from their king's[d] head, and it was placed on his own head. It weighed a talent[e] of gold, and it was set with precious stones. David took a great quantity of plunder from the city
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2 Samuel 12:31
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and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brickmaking.[f] David did this to all the Ammonite(as) towns. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.
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2 Samuel 13:1
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Amnon and Tamar

In the course of time, Amnon(a) son of David fell in love with Tamar,(b) the beautiful sister of Absalom(c) son of David.
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2 Samuel 13:2
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Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.
2 Samuel 13:3
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Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah,(d) David's brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man.
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2 Samuel 13:4
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He asked Amnon, "Why do you, the king's son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won't you tell me?" Amnon said to him, "I'm in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."
2 Samuel 13:5
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"Go to bed and pretend to be ill," Jonadab said. "When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.'"
2 Samuel 13:6
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So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, "I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand."
2 Samuel 13:7
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David sent word to Tamar at the palace: "Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him."
2 Samuel 13:8
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So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it.
2 Samuel 13:9
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Then she took the pan and served him the bread, but he refused to eat. "Send everyone out of here,"(e) Amnon said. So everyone left him.
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2 Samuel 13:10
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Then Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand." And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom.
2 Samuel 13:11
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But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed(f) her and said, "Come to bed with me, my sister."(g)
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2 Samuel 13:12
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"No, my brother!" she said to him. "Don't force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel!(h) Don't do this wicked thing.(i)
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2 Samuel 13:13
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What about me?(j) Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you."
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2 Samuel 13:14
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But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.(k)
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2 Samuel 13:15
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Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, "Get up and get out!"
2 Samuel 13:16
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"No!" she said to him. "Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me." But he refused to listen to her.
2 Samuel 13:17
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He called his personal servant and said, "Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door after her."
2 Samuel 13:18
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So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate[a] robe,(l) for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.
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2 Samuel 13:19
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Tamar put ashes(m) on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.
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2 Samuel 13:20
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Her brother Absalom said to her, "Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don't take this thing to heart." And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom's house, a desolate woman.
2 Samuel 13:21
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When King David heard all this, he was furious.(n)
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2 Samuel 13:22
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And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad;(o) he hated(p) Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar.
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2 Samuel 13:23
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Two years later, when Absalom's sheepshearers(q) were at Baal Hazor near the border of Ephraim, he invited all the king's sons to come there.
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2 Samuel 13:24
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Absalom went to the king and said, "Your servant has had shearers come. Will the king and his attendants please join me?"
2 Samuel 13:25
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"No, my son," the king replied. "All of us should not go; we would only be a burden to you." Although Absalom urged him, he still refused to go but gave him his blessing.
2 Samuel 13:26
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Then Absalom said, "If not, please let my brother Amnon come with us." The king asked him, "Why should he go with you?"
2 Samuel 13:27
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But Absalom urged him, so he sent with him Amnon and the rest of the king's sons.
2 Samuel 13:28
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Absalom(r) ordered his men, "Listen! When Amnon is in high(s) spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,' then kill him. Don't be afraid. Haven't I given you this order? Be strong and brave.(t)"
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2 Samuel 13:29
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So Absalom's men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king's sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.
2 Samuel 13:30
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While they were on their way, the report came to David: "Absalom has struck down all the king's sons; not one of them is left."
2 Samuel 13:31
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The king stood up, tore(u) his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn.
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2 Samuel 13:32
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But Jonadab son of Shimeah, David's brother, said, "My lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom's express intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar.
2 Samuel 13:33
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My lord the king should not be concerned about the report that all the king's sons are dead. Only Amnon is dead."
2 Samuel 13:34
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Meanwhile, Absalom had fled. Now the man standing watch looked up and saw many people on the road west of him, coming down the side of the hill. The watchman went and told the king, "I see men in the direction of Horonaim, on the side of the hill."[b]
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2 Samuel 13:35
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Jonadab said to the king, "See, the king's sons have come; it has happened just as your servant said."
2 Samuel 13:36
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As he finished speaking, the king's sons came in, wailing loudly. The king, too, and all his attendants wept very bitterly.
2 Samuel 13:37
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Absalom fled and went to Talmai(v) son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. But King David mourned many days for his son.
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2 Samuel 13:38
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After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.
2 Samuel 13:39
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And King David longed to go to Absalom,(w) for he was consoled(x) concerning Amnon's death.
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2 Samuel 14:1
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Absalom Returns to Jerusalem

Joab(a) son of Zeruiah knew that the king's heart longed for Absalom.
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2 Samuel 14:2
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So Joab sent someone to Tekoa(b) and had a wise woman(c) brought from there. He said to her, "Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don't use any cosmetic lotions.(d) Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead.
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2 Samuel 14:3
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Then go to the king and speak these words to him." And Joab(e) put the words in her mouth.
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2 Samuel 14:4
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When the woman from Tekoa went[a] to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, "Help me, Your Majesty!"
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2 Samuel 14:5
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The king asked her, "What is troubling you?" She said, "I am a widow; my husband is dead.
2 Samuel 14:6
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I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him.
2 Samuel 14:7
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Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death(f) for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir(g) as well.' They would put out the only burning coal I have left,(h) leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth."
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2 Samuel 14:8
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The king said to the woman, "Go home,(i) and I will issue an order in your behalf."
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2 Samuel 14:9
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But the woman from Tekoa said to him, "Let my lord the king pardon(j) me and my family,(k) and let the king and his throne be without guilt.(l)"
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2 Samuel 14:10
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The king replied, "If anyone says anything to you, bring them to me, and they will not bother you again."
2 Samuel 14:11
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She said, "Then let the king invoke the Lord his God to prevent the avenger(m) of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed." "As surely as the Lord lives," he said, "not one hair(n) of your son's head will fall to the ground.(o)"
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2 Samuel 14:12
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Then the woman said, "Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king." "Speak," he replied.
2 Samuel 14:13
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The woman said, "Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself,(p) for the king has not brought back his banished son?(q)
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2 Samuel 14:14
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Like water(r) spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die.(s) But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person(t) does not remain banished from him.
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2 Samuel 14:15
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"And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; perhaps he will grant his servant's request.
2 Samuel 14:16
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Perhaps the king will agree to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who is trying to cut off both me and my son from God's inheritance.'(u)
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2 Samuel 14:17
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"And now your servant says, ‘May the word of my lord the king secure my inheritance, for my lord the king is like an angel(v) of God in discerning(w) good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you.'"
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2 Samuel 14:18
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Then the king said to the woman, "Don't keep from me the answer to what I am going to ask you." "Let my lord the king speak," the woman said.
2 Samuel 14:19
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The king asked, "Isn't the hand of Joab(x) with you in all this?" The woman answered, "As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything my lord the king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who instructed me to do this and who put all these words into the mouth of your servant.
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2 Samuel 14:20
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Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom(y) like that of an angel of God—he knows everything that happens in the land.(z)"
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2 Samuel 14:21
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The king said to Joab, "Very well, I will do it. Go, bring back the young man Absalom."
2 Samuel 14:22
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Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honor, and he blessed the king.(aa) Joab said, "Today your servant knows that he has found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, because the king has granted his servant's request."
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2 Samuel 14:23
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Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 14:24
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But the king said, "He must go to his own house; he must not see my face." So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king.
2 Samuel 14:25
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In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him.
2 Samuel 14:26
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Whenever he cut the hair of his head(ab)—he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him—he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels[b] by the royal standard.
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2 Samuel 14:27
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Three sons(ac) and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter's name was Tamar,(ad) and she became a beautiful woman.
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2 Samuel 14:28
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Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king's face.
2 Samuel 14:29
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Then Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the king, but Joab refused to come to him. So he sent a second time, but he refused to come.
2 Samuel 14:30
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Then he said to his servants, "Look, Joab's field is next to mine, and he has barley(ae) there. Go and set it on fire." So Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
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2 Samuel 14:31
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Then Joab did go to Absalom's house, and he said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?(af)"
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2 Samuel 14:32
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Absalom said to Joab, "Look, I sent word to you and said, ‘Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, "Why have I come from Geshur?(ag) It would be better for me if I were still there!"' Now then, I want to see the king's face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death."(ah)
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2 Samuel 14:33
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So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed(ai) Absalom.
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