1 Kings 2


David Gives Charge to Solomon

1And there approached the days for David himself to die; and he gave charge to his son to Solomon, saying, 2I am going in the way of all the earth, and you shall be strong, and you shall be a man. 3And you shall guard the watch of the  lord your God, to go in his ways, to guard his commandments, and the ordinances, and the judgments, and his testimonies, as written in the law of Moses; that you should perceive all what you shall do, and everywhere of which ever you should have paid attention there. 4So that the  lord should establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, If [2should guard 1your sons] their way, to go before me in truth, with [2whole 3heart 1their], and with [2whole 3soul 1their], saying, There shall not be lifted away to you a man from the throne of Israel. 5And now you know what [4did 5to me 1Joab 2son 3of Zeruiah], and what he did to the two rulers of the forces of Israel -- Abner son of Ner, and Amasa son of Jether; and he killed them, and ordered up the blood of war for peace, and put [2blood 1innocent] on his belt, the one on his loin, and on his sandal, the one on his foot. 6And you shall do according to your wisdom, and you shall not lead down his gray hair in peace into Hades. 7And to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite you shall have mercy, and they shall be at the eating of your table, for so they drew near to me in my fleeing from the face of your brother of Absalom. 8And behold, there is with you Shimei son of Gera, son of the Benjamite from Bahurim. And he cursed me [2curse 1a grievous] in the day in which I went into Camps. And he went down for meeting me at the Jordan, and I swore by an oath to him by the  lord, saying, I shall not put [2to death 1you] by the broadsword. 9And you shall in no way acquit him, for [3man 2a wise 1you are], and you shall know what to do with him, and you shall lead down his gray hair with blood into Hades.

The Death of David

10And David slept with his fathers, and he was entombed in the city of David. 11And the days which David reigned over Israel were forty years. In Hebron he reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years. 12And Solomon sat upon the throne of David his father. And [3was prepared 2kingdom 1his] exceedingly. 13And [4entered 1Adonijah 2son 3of Haggith] to Bath-sheba, the mother of Solomon, and did obeisance to her. And she said, [3in peace 2entering 1Are you]? And he said, Peace. 14And he said, My word to you. And she said to him, Speak! 15And he said to her, You know that to me was the kingdom, and upon me [3set 1all 2Israel] their face for king. And [3was turned 1the 2kingdom], and came to my brother; for by the  lord it was to him. 16And now [4request 3one 1I 2ask] from you, you should not turn away your face. And [2said 3to him 1Bath-sheba], Speak! 17And he said to her, Speak indeed to Solomon the king! for he will not turn away your face, so that he shall give to me Abishag the Shunammite for wife. 18And Bath-sheba said, Well, I will speak for you to the king. 19And Bath-sheba entered to king Solomon to speak to him concerning Adonijah. And [3rose up 1the 2king] to meet her, and he did obeisance to her, and he sat upon his throne. And [2was set 1a throne] for the mother of the king; and she sat on his right. 20And she said to him, [5request 3one 4small 1I 2ask] from you, you should not turn away my face. And [3said 4to her 1the 2king], Ask [2mother 1my], for I will not turn from you. 21And she said, Let there be given indeed Abishag the Shunammite to Adonijah your brother for wife! 22And [3answered 1king 2Solomon] and said to his mother, And why are you asking Abishag for Adonijah? Then ask for him the kingdom, for this one [3brother 1is my 2older] over me, and with him are Abiathar the priest, and with him Joab son of Zeruiah commander-in-chief -- his companion. 23And [3swore by an oath 1king 2Solomon] according to the  lord, saying, Thus may [2do 3to me 1God], and thus may he add to it for [3against 4his own life 1Adonijah spoke 2this word].

Solomon Puts Adonijah to Death

24And now as the  lord lives, who prepared me, and put me upon the throne of David my father, and he made to me a house as the  lord said, that today Adonijah shall be put to death. 25And [3sent out 1king 2Solomon] by the hand of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; and he did away with him, and he died. 26And to Abiathar the priest [3said 1the 2king], Run unto Anathoth, to your field! for [2a man 3marked for death 1your are], and from this day I will not put [2to death 1you], for you lifted the ark of the covenant of the  lord before David my father, and because you were mistreated in all ways which [2was mistreated 1my father]. 27And Solomon cast out Abiathar so that he would not be for priest to the  lord; to fulfill the saying of the  lord, which he said concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. 28And the report came unto Joab son of Zeruiah; for Joab was leaning after Adonijah, but [3after 4Solomon 1he did not 2turn aside]. And Joab fled to the tent of the  lord, and held the horns of the altar.

Solomon Puts Joab to Death

29And it was reported to Solomon, saying that, Joab has fled into the tent of the  lord, and behold, he holds the horns of the altar. And Solomon sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, and do away with him! 30And Benaiah came to Joab in the tent of the  lord, and he said to him, Thus says the king, Come forth! And Joab said, I do not go forth, for here I shall die. And Benaiah returned and said to the king, saying, Thus Joab has spoken, and thus he answered me. 31And [3said 4to him 1the 2king], Go, and do to him as he has said, and do away with him! And you shall bury him, and lift away today the blood which Joab poured out freely from me, and from the house of my father. 32And the  lord returned the blood of his iniquity onto his head, inasmuch as he met the two [4men 1just 2and 3good] above him, and killed them by the broadsword. And my father David did not know about Abner son of Ner, commander-in-chief of Israel, and Amasa son of Jether, commander-in-chief of Judah. 33And let [3return 2blood 1their] upon his head, and upon the head of his seed unto the eon! And to David, and to his seed, and to his house, and to his throne, may there be peace by the  lord into the eon. 34And [4ascended 1Benaiah 2son 3of Jehoiada], and met him, and killed him. And they entombed him in his house in the wilderness. 35And [3appointed 1the 2king] Benaiah son of Jehoiada instead of him over the military. And [4Zadok 5the 6priest 3appointed 1the 2king], as [2priest 1foremost] instead of Abiathar.

Solomon Puts Shimei to Death

36And sending, [3called 1the 2king] Shimei, and said to him, Build for yourself a house in Jerusalem, and settle there, and do not go forth from there -- not at all! 37And it will be in the day that you exit, and pass over the rushing stream Kidron, in knowing, know that to death you shall die, your blood will be upon your head. 38And Shimei said to the king, [3is good 1The 2thing] which you have spoken, O my master, O king, thus shall [2do 1your servant]. And Shimei settled in Jerusalem three years. 39And it came to pass after three years, that [4ran away 1two 2servants 3of Shimei] to Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they reported to Shimei, saying, Behold, your servants are in Gath. 40And Shimei rose up, and saddled his donkey, and went unto Gath to Achish to seek after his servants. And Shimei went and led his servants from Gath. 41And it was reported to Solomon, saying that, Shimei went from out of Jerusalem unto Gath, and he returned. 42And [3sent 1the 2king] and called Shimei, and he said to him, Have I not bound you by an oath according to the  lord, and I attested to you, saying, In which ever day you should go forth from out of Jerusalem, and you should go to the right or left, in knowing, know that to death you shall die? And you said to me, [5was good 1The 2word 3which 4you heard]. 43And why have you not guarded the oath of the  lord, and the commandment which I gave charge to you? 44And [3said 1the 2king] to Shimei, You know all your evil which [2knows 1your heart], which you did to David my father, and the  lord recompensed your evil on your head. 45And king Solomon is being blessed, and the throne of David will be prepared before the  lord into the eon. 46And [3gave charge 1king 2Solomon] to Benaiah son of Jehoiada. And he came forth, and did away with him, and he died.
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