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 horns1 of the altar.
King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar.2 Then Solomon ordered Benaiah3 son of Jehoiada, "Go, strike him down!"
So Benaiah entered the tent4 of the LORD and said to Joab, "The king says, 'Come out!5' " 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 blood6 that Joab shed.
The LORD will repay7 him for the blood he shed,8 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 Amasa9 son of Jether, commander of Judah's army--were better10 men and more upright than he.
May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the LORD's peace forever."
So Benaiah11 son of Jehoiada went up and struck down Joab12 and killed him, and he was buried on his own landa in the desert.
The king put Benaiah13 son of Jehoiada over the army in Joab's position and replaced Abiathar with Zadok14 the priest.