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Amnon's request seems creepy to me.

2 Samuel 13: 1 After some time, David’s son Amnon fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of David’s son Absalom. 2 Amnon was sick with frustration over his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed implausible for him to do anything to her.

3 Now Amnon had a friend named Jonadab, the son of David’s brother Shimeah. Jonadab was a very shrewd man, 4so he asked Amnon, “Why are you, the son of the king, so depressed morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?”

Amnon replied, “I am in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”

5 Jonadab told him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend you are ill. When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare it in my sight so I may watch her and eat it from her hand.’ ”

6 So Amnon lay down and feigned illness. When the king came to see him, Amnon said, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make a couple of cakes in my sight, so that I may eat from her hand.”

Does this request not sound weird? Why doesn't David clue in or at least ask Amnon to explain his request in more detail?

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    There are many strange and "creepy" things in the Bible. What is it about this incident that you want to understand? – Dottard Apr 6 at 22:19
  • Why doesn’t David suspect that Amnon is crazy about Tamar sexually? – Mary Magdalene Apr 7 at 17:07
  • Who are we to decide what is creepy? (E.g. I find it slightly creepy that this question is being asked by "Mary Magdalene". But that's only me; I suspect you wouldn't see it that way.) See Eggs for dinner isn’t weird. - YouTube – Ray Butterworth Apr 8 at 3:04
  • (1). Does this request not sound weird ? - No. Why would it ? (2). Why doesn't David clue in or at least ask Amnon to explain his request in more detail ? - Because sick people need food, and women, usually family members, prepare it for them. – Lucian Apr 30 at 4:19
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Amnon's request seems creepy to us living in modern Western cultures. Let's read it according to its own culture.

Jonadab was a very shrewd man (verse 3b). He knew that Amnon was in love with his half-sister (4c). David was a smart man also, not easy to fool. Yet, Jonadab dared to suggest this scheme to his friend Amnon to fool David. David did not suspect any wrongdoing. So he let Amnon carry out his sick plan.

6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, “I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.”

7David sent word to Tamar at the palace: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him.”

David was fooled.

8 So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it.

Tamar didn't suspect a thing. No one suspected a thing. Jonadab's evil plan worked as he predicted.

Is Amnon's request not creepy?

Yes, to some of us people today who can order take-out food to be delivered to our doorsteps, but not to them at that time living in that culture.

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