1 Kings 2:13-46 (New American Standard)

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13 Now Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, "1Do you come peacefully?" And he said, "Peacefully." 14 Then he said, "I have something to say to you." And she said, "Speak." 15 So he said, "You know that 2the kingdom was mine and 3that all Israel aexpected me to be king; 4however, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother's, 5for it was his from the LORD. 16 "Now I am making one request of you; do not brefuse me." And she said to him, "Speak." 17 Then he said, "Please speak to Solomon the king, for he will not crefuse you, that he may give me 6Abishag the Shunammite as a wife." 18 Bathsheba said, "Very well; I will speak to the king for you."

Adonijah Executed

19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king arose to meet her, bowed before her, and sat on his throne; then he 7had a throne set for the king's mother, and 8she sat on his right. 20 Then she said, "I am making one small request of you; 9do not drefuse me." And the king said to her, "Ask, my mother, for I will not erefuse you." 21 So she said, "10Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as a wife." 22 King Solomon answered and said to his mother, "And why are you asking Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? 11Ask for him also the kingdom -12for he is my older brother -even for him, for 13Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah!" 23 Then King Solomon swore by the LORD, saying, "May God do so to me and more also, if Adonijah has 14not spoken this word against his own flife. 24 "Now therefore, as the LORD lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and 15who has made me a house as He promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to death today." 25 So King Solomon 16sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him so that he died. 26 Then to Abiathar the priest the king said, "17Go to Anathoth to your own field, 18for you gdeserve to die; but I will not put you to death at this time, because 19you carried the ark of the Lord hGOD before my father David, and because 20you were afflicted in everything with which my father was afflicted." 27 So Solomon dismissed Abiathar from being priest to the LORD, in order to fulfill 21the word of the LORD, which He had spoken concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

Joab Executed

28 Now the news came to Joab, 22for Joab had followed Adonijah, 23although he had not followed Absalom. And Joab fled to the tent of the LORD and 24took hold of the horns of the altar. 29 It was told King Solomon that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD, and behold, he is beside the altar. Then Solomon 25sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, "26Go, fall upon him." 30 So Benaiah came to the tent of the LORD and said to him, "Thus the king has said, 'Come out.' " But he said, "No, for I will die here." And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, "Thus spoke Joab, and thus he answered me." 31 The king said to him, "27Do as he has spoken and fall upon him and bury him, 28that you may remove from me and from my father's house the blood which Joab shed without cause. 32 "29The LORD will return his blood on his own head, 30because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and killed them with the sword, while my father David did not know it: 31Abner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and 32Amasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah. 33 "33So shall their blood return on the head of Joab and on the head of his idescendants forever; but to David and his jdescendants and his house and his throne, may there be peace from the LORD forever ." 34 Then 34Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell upon him and put him to death, and he was buried at his own house 35in the wilderness. 35 36The king appointed Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in his place, and the king appointed 37Zadok the priest 38in the place of Abiathar.

Shimei Executed

36 Now the king sent and called for 39Shimei and said to him, "Build for yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, and do not go out from there to any place. 37 "For on the day you go out and 40cross over the kbrook Kidron, you will know for certain that you shall surely die; 41your blood shall be on your own head." 38 Shimei then said to the king, "The word is good. As my lord the king has said, so your servant will do." So Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days. 39 But it came about at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away 42to Achish son of Maacah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, "Behold, your servants are in Gath." 40 Then Shimei arose and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish to look for his servants. And Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath. 41 It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had returned. 42 So the king sent and called for Shimei and said to him, "Did I not make you swear by the LORD and solemnly warn you, saying, 'You will know for certain that on the day you depart and go anywhere, you shall surely die '? And you said to me, 'The word which I have heard is good.' 43 "Why then have you not kept the oath of the LORD, and the command which I lhave laid on you?" 44 The king also said to Shimei, "43You know all the evil which myou acknowledge in your heart, which you did to my father David; therefore 44the LORD shall return your evil on your own head. 45 "But King Solomon shall be blessed, and 45the throne of David shall be established before the LORD forever ." 46 46So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he went out and fell upon him so that he died. 47Thus the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.
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