IV. THE INCEST OF AMNON
THE SON OF DAVID WITH HIS SISTER TAMAR
Second Samuel 13:1-22 is an account of the incest of Amnon the son of David with his sister Tamar.
A. Through the Craft of Jonadab, Amnon’s Cousin
The incest of Amnon was carried out through the craft of Jonadab, Amnon’s cousin (vv. 3-14).
B. Amnon Turning to Hate Tamar
and Chasing Her Away
After committing incest with Tamar, Amnon turned to hate her and chased her away (vv. 15-19).
C. Tamar’s Brother Absalom Discovering the Incest
Tamar’s brother Absalom discovered the incest, and she remained in his house. When David heard about all these things, he was very angry. Absalom hated Amnon because of what he had done to his sister (vv. 20-22).
V. THE MURDER OF AMNON
BY ABSALOM THE SON OF DAVID
Verses 23 through 39 are an account of the murder of Amnon by Absalom the son of David. This murder had been determined by Absalom since the day Amnon forced his sister (v. 32b).
A. By Conspiracy
Verses 23 through 29 indicate that the murder of Amnon by Absalom was carried out by a conspiracy.
B. Reported to David
According to verses 30 through 33, the murder of Amnon was reported to David.
C. David’s Sons Lifting Up Their Voice and Weeping
David’s sons lifted up their voice and wept, and David with all his servants also wept exceedingly (vv. 34-36).
D. Absalom Fleeing to the King of Geshur
Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur, and was in Geshur three years. David mourned for his son every day. Eventually, the spirit of David the king longed to go out to Absalom, for he was comforted concerning Amnon, since he was dead (vv. 37-39).
(Life-Study of 1 & 2 Samuel, Chapter 35, by Witness Lee)