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Absalom steals the hearts of the people

Posted in Bible, Religion on Tuesday, 7 June 2011

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Absalom was the third son of King David, and brought his father great sorrow in a life which was at once charmed and doomed.

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Absalom winning hearts, by William Hole

He resented all manner of thing despite his privileged position, and yet he could also take the high moral position on questions of honour, as in the rape of his sister Tamar by their half-brother, Amnon, whose murder he arranged out of sheer thirst for vegeance and retribution. After this he fled the kingdom and lived far away with his grandfather, until David relented and forgave him after three years had passed. When Absalom returned he went among the people and cleverly promised them justice for everyone should he become the chief judge in the country; this was a wily and subtle way of ingratiating himself with his inferiors, whom he now allowed to embrace him rather than bow in supplication. He was said to be the handsomest man in the kingdom, and he was certainly the most devious.

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