David knew that something was up

2 Samuel Bible Background

Old Testament: 2Sa 13.23–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 13–14 on April 25, In the year of our Lord 2020

By Don Ruhl

Two years passed after Amnon had raped his half-sister Tamar, the full-blood sister of Absalom. Then Absalom invited his father to join him and his brother Amnon for sheep-shearing,

And it came to pass, after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is near Ephraim; so Absalom invited all the king’s sons. Then Absalom came to the king and said, “Kindly note, your servant has sheepshearers; please, let the king and his servants go with your servant.” But the king said to Absalom, “No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we be a burden to you.” Then he urged him, but he would not go; and he blessed him. Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.” And the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?” But Absalom urged him; so he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.

– 2 Samuel 13.23–27

Naturally David questioned Absalom on why he wanted to invite Amnon. However, enough time had transpired since that rape that David allowed Amnon to go. David would regret it greatly.


  • Do you ever question people’s motives?
  • Has someone questioned your motives?

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