1 Kings 2 ©
David chargeth Solomon to serve God, and directeth him how to deal with Joab, the sons of Barzillai, and Shimei. David's death; the years of his reign. Solomon succeedeth him. Adonijah, having persuaded Bathsheba to ask for him Abishag to wife, is put to death by Solomon's command. Abiathar hath his life spared, but is removed from the priesthood. Joab, having fled to the horns of the altar, is there slain. Benaiah is put in Joab's place, and Zadok in Abiathar's. Shimei is confined to Jerusalem; but going to Gath in defiance of the king's orders is put to death.
And dkeep 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 1prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
That the LORD may econtinue 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, fthere shall not 2fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
Moreover thou knowest also gwhat Joab the son of Zeruiah hdid to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto iAbner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and 3shed 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.
And, behold, thou hast with thee nShimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a 4grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: obut 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 the sword.
He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.
And he said, Thou knowest wthat 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 xit was his from the LORD.
And now I ask one petition of thee, 5deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.
¶Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king arose 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 bright hand.
Then 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.
And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him dthe kingdom also; efor he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for fAbiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
Now therefore, as hthe LORD liveth, which hath established me, and iset me on the throne of David my father, and who hath jmade me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be kput to death this day.
¶And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get nthee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art 6worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou obarest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and pbecause thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.
And 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.
And the LORD shall xreturn his blood upon his own head, who fell upon ytwo 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.
Their blood zshall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but aupon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the LORD.
And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again.
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did oI 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.