Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Character Studies in 2 Samuel: Jonadab


Jonadab is the son of David’s brother Shimeah. He is also a friend to the king’s son, Amnon. Jonadab advises his friend and cousin on how to entrap Tamar. He is described in 2 Samuel 13:3: “Now Jonadab was a very crafty man.” His foolish counsel sets in motion a civil war. He was also apparently privy to Absalom’s plan to murder his brother Amnon in retaliation for assaulting Tamar, but he did not nothing to stop this foolish course (cf. vv. 32-33). He represents all those whose crafty counsel leads to pain and suffering.

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