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jonadab in Easton's Bible Dictionary

=Jehon'adab. (1.) The son of Rechab, and founder of the Rechabites (q.v.), 2 Kings 10:15; Jer. 35:6, 10. (2.) The son of Shimeah, David's brother (2 Sam. 13:3). He was "a very subtil man."

jonadab in Smith's Bible Dictionary

(whom Jehovah impels). 1. Son of Shimeah and nephew of David. (B.C. 1033.) He is described as "very subtle." #2Sa 13:3| His age naturally made him the friend of his cousin Amnon, heir to the throne. #2Sa 13:3| He gave him the fatal advice for ensnaring his sister Tamar. ch #2Sa 13:5,6| Again, when, in a later stage of the same tragedy, Amnon was murdered by Absalom, and the exaggerated report reached David that all the princes were slaughtered, Jonadab was already aware of the real state of the case. #2Sa 13:32,33| 2. #Jer 35:6,8,10,14,16,18,19| [JEHONADAB]

jonadab in Schaff's Bible Dictionary

JON'ADAB (whom Jehovah impels). 1. The son of Shimeah, and nephew of David. "He seems to have been one of those characters who, in the midst of great or royal families, pride themselves and are renowned for being acquainted with the secrets of the whole circle in which they move." -- Stanley. He advised the rape of Tamar. 2 Sam 13:3-5. 2. The form, oft repeated, in Jer 35 for Jehonadab, which see.

jonadab in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

1. Shimeah's son, David's nephew; "very subtle," worming out the secrets of the heir apparent, Amnon his cousin, to gain favor. Pretending "friendship," he insinuated that a "king's son"ought to gratify his passions without scruple, and not make himself lean by restraining them; and gave the hellish advice whereby that wicked prince incestuously forced his half sister Tamar. Then, when Absalom had in revenge killed Amnon, and the king was heartbroken at the exaggerated story that all the king's sons were slain, Jonadab practiced the same sycophancy to David; not a word does he breathe of his own abominable share in the matter; no sorrow has he for Amnon whose professed "friend" he was, but whose ruin he hurried; "by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar"; "Amnon only is dead, Amnon only is dead"; "let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart" (2 Samuel 13). Evil communication is fatal; thefriendship of the wicked is hollow, for it is based on selfishness (Psalm 12:2; 141:4,5), and when regard for self comes in collision with regard for a friend, the latter will be set aside for the former; see 1 Kings 22:30,32. 2. (See JEHONADAB ).