Amnon

Am'non (Heb., Amnon', אִמנוֹן [2Sa 13:20, אֲמִינוֹן, Aminon'], faithful; Sept. Α᾿μνών), the name of two men.

1. The first named of the four sons of Shimon or Shammai, of the children of Ezra, the descendant of Judah (1Ch 4:20, comp. ver. 17), B.C. prob. post 1612.

2. The eldest son of David by Ahinoam of Jezreel (1Ch 3:1), born at Hebron (2Sa 3:2), B.C. cir. 1052. He is only known for his violation of his half sister Tamar, B.C. cir. 1031, which her full brother Absalom revenged two years after, by causing him to be assassinated while a guest at his table (2 Samuel 13). SEE ABSALOM. The Sept. (in a clause added in 2Sa 13:21, but wanting in the Hebrew) assigns as the reason for David's refraining from executing the penalty due to Amnon, that "he loved him because he was his first-born" — a fact that no doubt formed an additional incentive to the ambitious Absalom for putting him out of the way. SEE DAVID.

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