What the Lord spoke through the prophet began to occur.
The sword would not depart from the house of David.
Amnon was dead by the plan of Absalom.
After the murder, the sons of the king that were with Absalom fled on mules.
2 Sa 13:30-32
Now it was while they were on the way that the report came to David, saying,
“Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons, and not one of them is left.”
Then the king arose, tore his clothes and lay on the ground;
and all his servants were standing by with clothes torn.
Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, responded,
“Do not let my lord suppose they have put to death all the young men, the king’s sons,
for Amnon alone is dead; because by the intent of Absalom this has been determined since the day that he violated his sister Tamar.
David received a report of what had occurred.
The initial report was either mis-reported or mis-interpreted.
David thought all his sons had been killed at the hand of Absalom.
(This mistake becomes even more important later on…in understanding how David handled Absalom.)
David responded to the false report with great grief.
He tore his clothes.
He laid on the ground.
His servants did likewise.
Then, David’s nephew Shimeah brought forth a true report.
But, not only a true report.
He brought an explanation.
Only Amnon was dead.
He was dead due to the intent of Absalom.
It was due to Amnon’s violation of Absalom’s sister Tamar.
Absalom had planned the revenge since the day of the event.
Shimeah then told David to “not take it to heart”.
2 Sa 13:33
“Now therefore, do not let my lord the king take the report to heart, namely,
‘all the king’s sons are dead,’ for only Amnon is dead.”
The situation was bad.
But, not as bad as David had first heard.
Still, the events in David’s family had only begun…