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1 Kings 2

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 1 Now when the time drew near for David to die, he charged Solomon his son, saying,

 2 "I go the way of all the earth. Be strong therefore, and show yourself a man;

 3 Keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commands, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn,

 4 That the LORD may fulfill his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, 'If your descendants take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'

 5 Now you know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, to avenge the blood of war in time of peace, and with that blood stained his girdle that was around his waist and his sandals that were on his feet.

 6 Do with him therefore according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray hair go down to the grave in peace.

 7 But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite and let them be among those who eat at your table; for they came to me when I fled because of Absalom your brother.

 8 And remember, you have with you Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse on the day when I went to Mahanaim. But when he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD, saying, 'I will not put you to death with the sword.'

 9 But now do not hold him guiltless; for you are a wise man and know what you should do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave with blood."

 10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

 11 The period that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty three years in Jerusalem.

 12 Then Solomon sat upon the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

 13 Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. And she said, "Do you come peaceably?" And he said, "Peaceably."

 14  Moreover he said, "I have something to say to you." And she said, "Say on."

 15 And he said, "You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel expected me to reign. However, the kingdom has been turned over and has become my brother's; for it was his from the LORD.

 16 Now I ask one request of you, do not deny me." And she said to him, "Say on."

 17 And he said, "Speak, I pray you, to Solomon the king, (for he will not say no to you), that he give me Abishag the Shunammite as wife."

 18 And Bathsheba said, "Very well; I will speak for you to the king."

 19 Bathsheba therefore went to king Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, bowed himself to her, sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother on his right hand.

 20 Then she said, "I have one small request of you; I pray you, do not refuse me." And the king said to her, "Ask on, my mother, for I will not refuse you."

 21 And she said, "Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as wife."

 22 And king Solomon answered his mother, "And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also — for he is my elder brother — even for him and for Abiathar the priest and for Joab the son of Zeruiah."

 23 Then king Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, "God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life.

 24 Now therefore, as the LORD lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and who has made me a house as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day."

 25 So king Solomon gave orders to Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he struck Adonijah down so that he died.

 26 And to Abiathar the priest the king said, "Go back to your own fields in Anathoth; for you are worthy of death, but I will not put you to death at this time, because you bore the ark of the LORD God before David my father and because you were afflicted in all that my father was afflicted."

 27 So Solomon removed Abiathar from being priest to the LORD, that he might fulfill the word of the LORD, which he spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

 28 When news came to Joab, for Joab had followed Adonijah, though he not followed Absalom, Joab fled to the tabernacle of the LORD and caught hold of the horns of the altar.

 29 Then King Solomon was told, "Joab has fled to the tabernacle of the LORD; he is there by the altar." And Solomon sent Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, saying, "Go, strike him down."

 30 So Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said to him, "Thus says the king, 'Come forth.'" And he said, "No, I will die here." So Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, "Thus Joab answered me."

 31 And the king said to him, "Do as he has said, and strike him down and bury him, that you may take away from me and from the house of my father the innocent blood, which Joab shed.

 32 The LORD will return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and slew them with the sword, without my father David knowing of it — Abner the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah.

 33 Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab and upon the head of his descendants forever. But upon David, upon his descendants, his house, and throne, there shall be peace from the LORD forever."

 34 So Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went up and struck and killed him, and he was buried at his own house in the wilderness.

 35 And the king put Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, in his place over the army and put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.

 36 Then the king sent for Shimei and said to him, "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and dwell there, and do not go out from there to any place.

 37 For it shall be, that on the day you go out and cross over the brook Kidron, know for certain that you shall surely die; your blood shall be upon your own head."

 38 And Shimei said to the king, "The saying is good. As my lord the king has said, so will your servant do." And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem for many days.

 39 But it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away to Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And Shimei was told, "Behold, your servants are in Gath."

 40 So Shimei arose, saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants, and he brought his servants back from Gath.

 41 Then Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had come back again.

 42 And the king sent for Shimei and said to him, "Did I not make you swear by the LORD and warn you, saying, 'Know for certain, on the day you go out and travel anywhere, that you shall surely die?' And you said to me, 'The word that I have heard is good.'

 43 Why then have you not kept the oath of the LORD and the command with which I have charged you?"

 44 Moreover the king said to Shimei, "You know in your heart all the wickedness that you did to David my father; therefore the LORD will return your wickedness upon your own head.

 45 But King Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD forever."

 46 So the king commanded Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who went out and struck Shimei down, and he died. Thus the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.


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