So she said, "Let Abishag1 the Shunammite be given in marriage to your brother Adonijah."
King Solomon answered his mother, "Why do you request Abishag2 the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him--after all, he is my older brother3--yes, for him and for Abiathar4 the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!"
Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,5 if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request!
And now, as surely as the LORD lives--he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised6--Adonijah shall be put to death today!"
So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah7 son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.826
To Abiathar9 the priest the king said, "Go back to your fields in Anathoth.10 You deserve to die, but I will not put you to death now, because you carried the ark11 of the Sovereign LORD before my father David and shared all my father's hardships."1227
So Solomon removed Abiathar from the priesthood of the LORD, fulfilling13 the word the LORD had spoken at Shiloh about the house of Eli.
When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns14 of the altar.
King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar.15 Then Solomon ordered Benaiah16 son of Jehoiada, "Go, strike him down!"
So Benaiah entered the tent17 of the LORD and said to Joab, "The king says, 'Come out!18' " But he answered, "No, I will die here." Benaiah reported to the king, "This is how Joab answered me."
Then the king commanded Benaiah, "Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my father's house of the guilt of the innocent blood19 that Joab shed.