1 Kings 2

David’s Instructions to Solomon

1 aWhen David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2 b“I am about to go the way of all the earth. cBe strong, and show yourself a man, 3and keep the charge of the  Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, dthat you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4that the  Lord may eestablish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, fIf your sons pay close attention to their way, gto walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, hyou shall not lack
Hebrew there shall not be cut off for you
a man on the throne of Israel.’

5“Moreover, you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah jdid to me, how he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel kAbner the son of Ner land Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed, avenging
Septuagint; Hebrew placing
in time of peace for blood that had been shed in war, and putting the blood of war
Septuagint innocent blood
on the belt around his
Septuagint my; twice in this verse
waist and on the sandals on his feet.
6Act therefore paccording to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. 7But deal loyally with the sons of qBarzillai the Gileadite, and let them be ramong those who eat at your table, sfor with such loyalty
Or steadfast love
they met me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
8And there is also with you uShimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse on the day vwhen I went to Mahanaim. wBut 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.’ 9Now therefore do not hold him guiltless xfor you are a wise man. You will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall ybring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.”

The Death of David

10 zThen David slept with his fathers and was buried in aathe city of David. 11And the time that David reigned over Israel was abforty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 acSo Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.

Solomon’s Reign Established

13Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, ad“Do you come peacefully?” He said, “Peacefully.” 14Then he said, “I have something to say to you.” She said, “Speak.” 15He said, “You know that aethe kingdom was mine, and that all Israel fully expected me to reign. However, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother’s, affor it was his from the  Lord. 16And now I have one request to make of you; do not refuse me.” She said to him, “Speak.” 17And he said, “Please ask King Solomonhe will not refuse you—to give me agAbishag the Shunammite as my wife.” 18Bathsheba said, “Very well; I will speak for you to the king.”

19So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her and bowed down to her. Then he sat on his throne and had a seat brought for the king’s mother, ahand she sat on his right. 20Then she said, “I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her, “Make your request, my mother, for I will not refuse you.” 21She said, “Let aiAbishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as his wife.” 22King Solomon answered his mother, “And why do you ask ajAbishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also, akfor he is my older brother, and on his side alare Abiathar
Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Hebrew  and for him and for Abiathar
the priest and Joab the son of Zeruiah.”
23Then King Solomon swore by the  Lord, saying, anGod do so to me and more also if this word does not cost Adonijah his life! 24Now therefore aoas the  Lord lives, who has established me and placed me on the throne of David my father, and who has made me a house apas he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death today.” 25So King Solomon sent aqBenaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him down, and he died.

26And to Abiathar the priest the king said, “Go to arAnathoth, to your estate, for you deserve death. But I will not at this time put you to death, asbecause you carried the ark of the Lord  God before David my father, atand because you shared in all my father’s affliction.” 27 auSo Solomon expelled Abiathar from being priest to the  Lord, thus fulfilling avthe word of the  Lord that he had spoken concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

28When the news came to Joabfor Joab awhad supported Adonijah although axhe had not supported AbsalomJoab fled to the tent of the  Lord and caught hold of the ayhorns of the altar. 29And when it was told King Solomon, “Joab has fled to the tent of the  Lord, and behold, he is beside the altar,” Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, “Go, strike him down.” 30So Benaiah came to the tent of the  Lord and said to him, “The king commands, ‘Come out.’” But he said, “No, I will die here.” Then Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, “Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.” 31The king replied to him, azDo as he has said, strike him down and bury him, baand thus take away from me and from my father’s house the guilt for the blood that Joab shed without cause. 32The  Lord will bbbring back his bloody deeds on his own head, because, without the knowledge of my father David, he attacked and killed with the sword two men bcmore righteous and better than himself, bdAbner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and beAmasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah. 33 bfSo shall their blood come back on the head of Joab and on the head of his descendants forever. But for David and for his descendants and for his house and for his throne there shall be peace from the  Lord forevermore.” 34Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and struck him down and put him to death. And he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. 35 bgThe king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in place of Joab, and the king put bhZadok the priest biin the place of Abiathar.

36Then the king sent and summoned bjShimei and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and dwell there, and do not go out from there to any place whatever. 37For on the day you go out and cross bkthe brook Kidron, know for certain that you shall die. blYour blood shall be on your own head.” 38And Shimei said to the king, “What you say is good; as my lord the king has said, so will your servant do.” So Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days.

39But it happened at the end of three years that two of Shimei’s servants ran away to bmAchish, son of Maacah, king of Gath. And when it was told Shimei, “Behold, your servants are in Gath,” 40Shimei arose and saddled a donkey and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants. Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath. 41And when Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and returned, 42the king sent and summoned Shimei and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by the  Lord and solemnly warn you, saying, ‘Know for certain that on the day you go out and go to any place whatever, you shall die’? And you said to me, ‘What you say is good; I will obey.’ 43Why then have you not kept your oath to the  Lord and the commandment with which I commanded you?” 44The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your own heart bnall the harm that you did to David my father. So the  Lord will bobring back your harm on your own head. 45But King Solomon shall be blessed, bpand the throne of David shall be established before the  Lord forever.” 46Then the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck him down, and he died.

bqSo the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.

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