2 Samuel 13–14: The Sins of David's Children

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 102–13


Sin always affects those around us—especially our families. Often the parents’ example has an impact on the way their children behave. Even more, when parents set a bad example, correcting the same bad behavior in their children is very difficult. As you read 2 Samuel 13–14, think about how the actions of David’s sons are similar to his own. Consider also what you might have done if you were in these situations.

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Samuel 13

Fair (v. 1)Beautiful 
Vexed (v. 2)Frustrated, obsessed 
Subtil (v. 3)Devious 
Lean (v. 4)Tired and upset 
Folly (v. 12)Mistake 
He will not withhold me from thee (v. 13)He would let you marry me 
Divers (vv. 18–19)Many different 
Apparelled (v. 18)Clothed 
Regard not this thing (v. 20)Don’t make a public display 
Desolate (v. 20)Extremely sad 
Chargeable (v. 25)A burden 
Pressed (v. 27)Urged, kept asking 
Longed (v. 39)Wanted 

2 Samuel 14

The king’s heart was toward Absalom (v. 1)David loved and thought about Absalom. 
Feign (v. 2)Pretend 
Aileth (v. 5)Troubles 
Strove (v. 6)Fought 
Slew (vv. 6–7)Killed 
Heir (v. 7)One who lived 
Quench my coal (v. 7)Put out my fire (A phrase that means “leave me without hope”) 
Remainder (v. 7)Children 
Charge (v. 8)An order, a decree 
Faulty (v. 13)Guilty of the same thing 
Fetch (v. 13)Bring 
Devise (v. 14)Think and plan 
Banished (vv. 13–14)Sent away 
Expelled (v. 14)Cast out 
Therefore (v. 15)This is the reason 
Discern (v. 17)See the difference between 
Polled (v. 26)Shaved 

2 Samuel 13—Amnon Hated His Sister Instead of Loving Her

Ezra Taft Benson

President Ezra Taft Benson said:

“There is no lasting happiness in immorality. … Just the opposite is true. There may be momentary pleasure. … But quickly the relationship will sour. Guilt and shame set in. … Love begins to die. Bitterness, jealousy, anger, and even hate begin to grow. All of these are the natural results of sin and transgression.

“On the other hand, when we obey the law of chastity and keep ourselves morally clean, we will experience the blessings of increased love and peace, greater trust and respect for our marital partners, deeper commitment to each other, and, therefore, a deep and significant sense of joy and happiness” (“The Law of Chastity,” in Brigham Young University 1987–88 Devotional and Fireside Speeches [1988], 51).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study 2 Samuel 13–14.

Activity A iconRead and Answer

Read 2 Samuel 14:14 and answer this question: What “means” (plans) has God “devised” (created) to help those who are “banished” (out of his presence) so they are not permanently “expelled” (driven out) from him?