1 Kings 2

David’s Charge to Solomon

As David’s
Lit days
b time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,
c I am going the way of all the earth. d Be strong, therefore, and
Lit become a man
show yourself a man.
Keep the charge of the  Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, f according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that g you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, so that h the  Lord may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘ i If your sons are careful of their way j to walk before Me in
Or faithfulness
truth with all their heart and with all their soul
Lit there shall not be cast off to you a man from before Me
m you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Now you also know what Joab the n son of Zeruiah did to me, what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to o Abner the son of Ner, and to p Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed; he also
Lit made
shed the blood of war in peace. And he put the blood of war on his belt
Lit that was about
about his waist, and on his sandals
Lit that were on
on his feet.
t So act according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to
I.e. the nether world
Sheol in peace.
“But v show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and w let them be among those who eat at your table; x for they
Lit came near to
assisted me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
Behold, z there is with you Shimei the son of Gera the Benjamite, of Bahurim; now it was he who cursed me with a
Or grievous
violent curse on the day I went to Mahanaim. But when ab he came down to me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the  Lord, saying, ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’
Now therefore, do not let him go unpunished, ac for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you will bring his gray hair down to
I.e. the nether world
Sheol with blood.”

Death of David

10 Then ae David slept with his fathers and was buried in af the city of David. 11  ag The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: ah seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem. 12 And ai Solomon sat on 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 aj Do you come peacefully?” And he said, “Peacefully.” 14 Then he said, “I have something to say to you.” And she said, “Speak.” 15 So he said, “You know that ak the kingdom was mine and al that all Israel
Lit set their faces on me
expected me to be king; an however, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother’s ao for it was his from the  Lord.
16 Now I am making one request of you; do not
Lit turn away my face
refuse me.” And she said to him, “Speak.”
17 Then he said, “Please speak to Solomon the king, for he will not
Lit turn away your face
refuse you, that he may give me ar Abishag the Shunammite as a wife.”
18 Bathsheba said, “Very well; I will speak to the king for you.”

Adonijah Executed

19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king arose to meet her, bowed before her, and sat on his throne; then he as had a throne set for the king’s mother, and at she sat on his right. 20 Then she said, “I am making one small request of you; au do not
Lit turn away my face
refuse me.” And the king said to her, “Ask, my mother, for I will not
Lit turn away your face
refuse you.”
21 So she said ax Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as a wife.” 22 King Solomon answered and said to his mother, “And why are you asking Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ay Ask for him also the kingdomaz for he is my older brother— even for him, for ba Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah!” 23 Then King Solomon swore by the  Lord, saying, “May God do so to me and more also, if Adonijah has bb not spoken this word against his own
Lit soul
24 Now therefore, as the  Lord lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and bd who has made me a house as He promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to death today.” 25 So King Solomon be sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him so that he died.

26 Then to Abiathar the priest the king said bf Go to Anathoth to your own field bg for you
Lit are a man of death
deserve to die; but I will not put you to death at this time, because bi you carried the ark of the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God before my father David, and because bk you were afflicted in everything with which my father was afflicted.”
27 So Solomon dismissed Abiathar from being priest to the  Lord, in order to fulfill bl the word of the  Lord, which He had spoken concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

Joab Executed

28 Now the news came to Joab bm for Joab had followed Adonijah bn although he had not followed Absalom. And Joab fled to the tent of the  Lord and bo took hold of the horns of the altar. 29 It was told King Solomon that Joab had fled to the tent of the  Lord, and behold, he is beside the altar. Then Solomon bp sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying bq Go, fall upon him.” 30 So Benaiah came to the tent of the  Lord and said to him, “Thus the king has said, ‘Come out.’” But he said, “No, for I will die here.” And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, “Thus spoke Joab, and thus he answered me.” 31 The king said to him, br Do as he has spoken and fall upon him and bury him, bs that you may remove from me and from my father’s house the blood which Joab shed without cause. 32  bt “The  Lord will return his blood on his own head bu because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and killed them with the sword, while my father David did not know it: bv Abner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and bw Amasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah. 33  bx So shall their blood return on the head of Joab and on the head of his
Lit seed
descendants forever; but to David and his
Lit seed
descendants and his house and his throne, may there be peace from the  Lord forever.”
34 Then ca Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell upon him and put him to death, and he was buried at his own house cb in the wilderness. 35  cc The king appointed Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in his place, and the king appointed cd Zadok the priest ce in the place of Abiathar.

Shimei Executed

36 Now the king sent and called for cf Shimei and said to him, “Build for yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, and do not go out from there to any place. 37 For on the day you go out and cg cross over the
Or wadi
brook Kidron, you will know for certain that you shall surely die; ci your blood shall be on your own head.”
38 Shimei then said to the king, “The word is good. As my lord the king has said, so your servant will do.” So Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days.

39 But it came about at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away cj to Achish son of Maacah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, “Behold, your servants are in Gath.” 40 Then Shimei arose and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish to look for his servants. And Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath. 41 It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had returned. 42 So the king sent and called for Shimei and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by the  Lord and solemnly warn you, saying, ‘You will know for certain that on the day you depart and go anywhere, you shall surely die’? And you said to me, ‘The word which I have heard is good.’ 43 Why then have you not kept the oath of the  Lord, and the command which I
Lit commanded
have laid on you?”
44 The king also said to Shimei cl You know all the evil which
Lit your heart acknowledges
you acknowledge in your heart, which you did to my father David; therefore cn the  Lord shall return your evil on your own head.
45 But King Solomon shall be blessed, and co the throne of David shall be established before the  Lord forever.” 46  cp So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he went out and fell upon him so that he died.

cq Thus the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.
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