Bible Society of South Africa

Healing the hurt of rape and abuse – Day 3

Tamar’s life torn to shreds

Bible text(s)

19She sprinkled ashes on her head, tore her robe, and with her face buried in her hands went away crying.

2 Samuel 13:19GNBOpen in Bible reader

As a young virgin, being forcibly raped, Tamar must have experienced severe physical pain. However, her shame was far greater than the pain of the rape.

Tamar tore the robe she was wearing and put ashes on her head. Then she covered her face with her hands and cried loudly as she walked away.

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