Absalom assassinates Amnon (2 Sam 13:23-13:29)

“After two full years, Absalom had sheepshearers at Baal-hazor, which is near Ephraim. Absalom invited all the king’s sons. Absalom came to the king, and said. ‘Your servant has sheepshearers. Will the king and his servants please go with your servant?’ But the king said to Absalom. ‘No, my son, let us not all go, or else we will be burdensome to you.’ He pressed him, but he would not go but gave him his blessing. Then Absalom said. ‘If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.’ The king said to him. ‘Why should he go with you?’ But Absalom pressed him until he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him. Absalom made a feast like a king’s feast. Then Absalom commanded his servants. ‘Watch when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you. Strike Amnon! Then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I myself commanded you? Be courageous and be valiant.’ So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons rose. Each mounted his mule and fled.”

Absalom invited the king and all his sons to come to the sheep shearing at Baal-hazor. All the wool is taken off the sheep and it was like a mini-festival. King David said that he would not go. Then Absalom insisted that Amnon and all his brothers come to the feast of drinking. Finally, King David said that they could all go, but he would not go. Meanwhile Absalom had told his servants to kill Amnon when he gave the command to strike him. The servants followed through and killed Amnon. Brothers killing brothers is a common biblical theme. Sure enough street revenge triumphed. The other brothers fled on their donkeys.

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