King Solomon answered his mother, "Why do you request Abishag1 the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him--after all, he is my older brother2--yes, for him and for Abiathar3 the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!"
Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,4 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 promised5--Adonijah shall be put to death today!"
So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah6 son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.726
To Abiathar8 the priest the king said, "Go back to your fields in Anathoth.9 You deserve to die, but I will not put you to death now, because you carried the ark10 of the Sovereign LORD before my father David and shared all my father's hardships."1127
So Solomon removed Abiathar from the priesthood of the LORD, fulfilling12 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 horns13 of the altar.
King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar.14 Then Solomon ordered Benaiah15 son of Jehoiada, "Go, strike him down!"
So Benaiah entered the tent16 of the LORD and said to Joab, "The king says, 'Come out!17' " 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 blood18 that Joab shed.
The LORD will repay19 him for the blood he shed,20 because without the knowledge of my father David he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them--Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa21 son of Jether, commander of Judah's army--were better22 men and more upright than he.