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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Samuel 13:1-20

We have here a particular account of the abominable wickedness of Amnon in ravishing his sister, a subject not fit to be enlarged upon nor indeed to be mentioned without blushing, that ever any man should be so vile, especially that a son of David should be so. Amnon's character, we have reason to think, was bad in other things; if he had not forsaken God, he would never have been given up to these vile affections. Godly parents have often been afflicted with wicked children; grace does not... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 13:17

Then he called his servants that ministered unto him ,.... His domestic servants that waited on him: and said, put now this woman out from me ; she not willing to depart at once, he ordered her to be put out immediately by force; using her and speaking of her in a very rude and scandalous manner, calling her this, leaving it to be supplied, as they would understand it, this base woman, this strumpet, &c.; and bolt the door after her ; that she might not return; this was more... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 13:1-22

The firstfruits of iniquity. The facts are: 1 . Amnon entertains an improper affection for his half-sister Tamar, and meditates evil. 2 . Making known his secret passion to Jonadab, he is prompted to a device for securing a personal interview with her. 3 . The king, visiting Amnon in his pretended sickness, kindly arranges that Tamar should wait upon him with special focal in his chamber. 4 . Seizing an opportunity in the absence of attendants, he accomplishes his purpose... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Samuel 13:1-33

( JERUSALEM .) The crime of Amnon. The chastisements which David experienced came upon him chiefly through his family. The misconduct of his sons was largely due to his own "in the matter of Uriah," and his defective discipline (lSa 2 Samuel 3:13 ; 1 Kings 1:6 ) in connection with polygamy ( 2 Samuel 3:1-5 ). "This institution is the absolutely irrepressible source of numberless evils of this description. It ever furnishes a ready stimulus to unbounded sensual desire in the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Samuel 13:15-17

2 Samuel 13:15-17. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly His mind, which at first had been impelled by lust, was now agitated by remorse, which drove it to a different extreme, like the vibration of a pendulum. The horror of his guilt struck him with a sudden detestation of her whom he deemed the cause of it, and he hated his sister when he should have hated himself. Thus, through God’s abandoning him, in just judgment, to the tumult of his own intemperate mind, this other punishment of David’s... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Samuel 13:1-39

David’s family troubles begin (13:1-14:33)The first of the foretold disgraces that fell on David’s family followed the same pattern as David’s own sin: sexual immorality followed by murder, with the murderer carefully plotting how to get rid of his victim.Amnon, David’s eldest son, tried to seduce his half-sister Tamar, but when Tamar resisted him he raped her (13:1-14). Cruelly, Amnon then drove Tamar away, and the young princess cried bitterly at the loss of her virginity in such... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 2 Samuel 13:15-17

2 Samuel 13:15-17. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly— The flux and reflux of passion in a brutal breast are here finely painted. Commentators are at a loss to account for this sudden and excessive hatred; and, indeed, there seems to be something extraordinary in it. Tamar's rape had an effect upon her ravisher directly contrary to that of Dinah upon her's. But their circumstances were different. Hope seconded and supported Shechem's passion, but despair drove Amnon's into its opposite extreme.... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 2 Samuel 13:17

17. bolt the door after her—The street door of houses in the East is always kept barred—the bolts being of wood. In the great mansions, where a porter stands at the outside, this precaution is dispensed with; and the circumstance, therefore, of a prince giving an order so unusual shows the vehement perturbation of Ammon's mind. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Samuel 13:1-22

Amnon’s rape of Tamar 13:1-22Maacah bore Absalom ("father is peace") while David was reigning in Hebron (2 Samuel 3:3). He was David’s third-born. Amnon, his first-born, was also born in Hebron but by Ahinoam ("my brother is delight"; 2 Samuel 3:2). Both sons may have been in their late teens or early twenties at this time. Tamar ("palm tree," cf. Song of Solomon 7:7-8) was evidently born in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 3:4-9), so she would have been younger than both of these brothers. The event... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Samuel 13:1-39

The Crime of Amnon, and Absalom’s VengeanceThis narrative and the history of Absalom’s rebellion is omitted in Chronicles.2. Tamar was in the women’s apartments, and, therefore, safe. She was his half-sister and Absalom’s sister: see 2 Samuel 3:2, 2 Samuel 3:3.4. Lean from day to day] i.e. getting thinner and paler every morning. 5. Make thyself sick] RV ’feign thyself sick.’13. He will not withhold me] Tamar said this as a last, desperate expedient, for such marriages were unlawful (Leviticus... read more

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