S E C O N D S A M U E L
The righteous God had lately told David, by Nathan
the prophet, that, to chastise him for his son in the matter of
Uriah, he would "raise up evil against him out of his own house,"
(ch. xii. 11). And
here, in the very next chapter, we find the evil beginning to rise;
henceforward he was followed with one trouble after another, which
made the latter part of his reign less glorious and pleasant than
the former part. Thus God chastened him with the rod of men, yet
assured him that his "loving-kindness he would not utterly take
away." Adultery and murder were David's sins, and those sins among
his children (Amnon defiling his sister Tamar, and Absalom
murdering his brother Amnon) were the beginnings of his punishment,
and the more grievous because he had reason to fear that his bad
example might help to bring them to these wickednesses. In this
chapter we have, I. Amnon ravishing Tamar, assisted in his plot to
do it by Jonadab his kinsman, and villainously executing it,
ver. 1-20. II. Absalom
murdering Amnon for it, ver.
21-39. Both were great griefs to David, and the more
because he was unwittingly made accessory to both, by sending Tamar
to Amnon and Amnon to Absalom.