Absalom was the third and favorite son of King David. He was handsome and charismatic, and his father loved him dearly. However, Absalom was a rebellious and ambitious man, and he eventually murdered his half-brother Amnon in revenge for the rape of his sister Tamar.
This led to Absalom’s exile from Jerusalem, and he eventually raised an army to overthrow his father. He led a revolt against David, but it failed, and he died in battle against David’s forces.
David mourned Absalom’s death deeply for many years after it occurred. He even wrote a song about how much he missed his son: “How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle! O Absalom, my son! My son! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son!”
The story of Absalom’s rebellion and death is a cautionary tale about the dangers of pride and ambition. It also highlights the importance of familial love and forgiveness, even in the face of great betrayal.
In fact, the story of Absalom is one of the most tragic in the Bible, and his death is still mourned by many today. The Bible says that after Absalom died, all Israel wept throughout the provinces (2 Samuel 18:33).
Absalom’s death was a turning point in the history of Israel, and it had far-reaching consequences for both the kingdom and the royal family. King David mourned over this loss for three years (2 Samuel 19:1).