1 Kings 2
the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
2I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
3And keep the charge of the LORD thy God,
to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written
in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
4That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy
children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not
fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto
Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood
of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.
6Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the
grave in peace.
7But shew kindness unto the
sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because
of Absalom thy brother.
8And, behold, thou
hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went
to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with
9Now therefore hold him not guiltless:
for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with
10So David slept with his fathers,
and was buried in the city of David.
the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned
he in Jerusalem.
12Then sat Solomon upon the
throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly.
13And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou
peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.
moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.
15And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that
I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's: for it was his from the LORD.
16And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.
17And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon
the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife.
18And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.
19Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And
the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the
king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.
she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother:
for I will not say thee nay.
21And she said,
Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.
22And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite
for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for
Joab the son of Zeruiah.
23Then king Solomon
sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.
24Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the
throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.
25And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell
upon him that he died.
26And unto Abiathar
the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this
time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the LORD God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted
in all wherein my father was afflicted.
Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning
the house of Eli in Shiloh.
came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of
the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon
sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will
die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.
31And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him;
that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
32And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men
more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son
of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
33Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of
his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever
from the LORD.
34So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada
went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
35And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok
the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth
thence any whither.
37For it shall be, that
on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy
blood shall be upon thine own head.
Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in
Jerusalem many days.
39And it came to pass
at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told
Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants
41And it was told Solomon that
Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee,
saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou
saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?
44The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine
heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;
45And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the
throne of David shall be established before the LORD for ever.
the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established
in the hand of Solomon.