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1 Kings 1:1-11 (New International Version)

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Adonijah Sets Himself Up as King

1 When King David was old and well advanced in years, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. 2 So his servants said to him, "Let us look for a young virgin to attend the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm." 3 Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful girl and found Abishag,1 a Shunammite,2 and brought her to the king. 4 The girl was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no intimate relations with her. 5 Now Adonijah,3 whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, "I will be king." So he got chariots4 and horsesa ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. 6 (His father had never interfered5 with him by asking, "Why do you behave as you do?" He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.) 7 Adonijah conferred with Joab6 son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar7 the priest, and they gave him their support. 8 But Zadok8 the priest, Benaiah9 son of Jehoiada, Nathan10 the prophet, Shimei11 and Reib and David's special guard12 did not join Adonijah. 9 Adonijah then sacrificed sheep, cattle and fattened calves at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel.13 He invited all his brothers, the king's sons,14 and all the men of Judah who were royal officials, 10 but he did not invite15 Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the special guard or his brother Solomon.16 11 Then Nathan asked Bathsheba,17 Solomon's mother, "Have you not heard that Adonijah,18 the son of Haggith, has become king without our lord David's knowing it?
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