Then King David said, "Call in Bathsheba." So she came into the king's presence and stood before him.
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The king then took an oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble,1
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I will surely carry out today what I swore2 to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place."
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Then Bathsheba bowed low with her face to the ground and, kneeling before the king, said, "May my lord King David live forever!"
King David said, "Call in Zadok3 the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada." When they came before the king,
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he said to them: "Take your lord's servants with you and set Solomon my son on my own mule4 and take him down to Gihon.5
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There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint6 him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet7 and shout, 'Long live King Solomon!'
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Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah."
Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, "Amen! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so declare it.
As the LORD was with my lord the king, so may he be with8 Solomon to make his throne even greater9 than the throne of my lord King David!"
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So Zadok10 the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites11 and the Pelethites went down and put Solomon on King David's mule and escorted him to Gihon.12
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Zadok the priest took the horn of oil13 from the sacred tent14 and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet15 and all the people shouted,16 "Long live King Solomon!"
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And all the people went up after him, playing flutes17 and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
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Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, "What's the meaning of all the noise in the city?"18
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Even as he was speaking, Jonathan19 son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, "Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news."20
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"Not at all!" Jonathan answered. "Our lord King David has made Solomon king.
The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king's mule,
and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds21 with it. That's the noise you hear.
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Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat22 on the royal throne.
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Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, 'May your God make Solomon's name more famous than yours and his throne greater23 than yours!' And the king bowed in worship on his bed
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and said, 'Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor24 on my throne today.' "
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At this, all Adonijah's guests rose in alarm and dispersed.
But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns25 of the altar.
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Then Solomon was told, "Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, 'Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.' "
Solomon replied, "If he shows himself to be a worthy man, not a hair26 of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die."
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Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, "Go to your home."