1 Kings 1 ©
Abishag cherisheth David in his extreme old age. Adonijah, having gained over Joab and Abiathar, inviteth his friends to a feast in order to make himself king. Nathan's advice to Bathsheba thereupon; who moveth the king on the behalf of Solomon. She is seconded by Nathan. David sweareth to Bathsheba to make Solomon king that same day; and issueth out orders accordingly. Solomon is anointed and proclaimed king, the people rejoicing. Adonijah and his guests hearing the news betake themselves to flight. Adonijah, laying hold on the horns of the altar, is dismissed by Solomon in peace, on condition of his good behaviour.
Wherefore his bservants said unto him, 2Let there be sought for my lord the king 3a young virgin: and let her cstand before the king, and let her 4cherish him, and dlet her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king emay get heat.
But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and uSolomon his brother, he called not.
Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, yAssuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall zsit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and 10confirm thy words.
¶And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the aking was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.
And now, behold, eAdonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:
And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall gsleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted 12offenders.
¶And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, hNathan the prophet also came in.
And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he ibowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.
And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
For jhe is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, 13God save king Adonijah.
¶Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came 14into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
Even as oI sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my *stead; even so will I certainly do this day.
¶And king David said, Call me rZadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.
And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, j*Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king.
And kthe king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's mule:
And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.