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.
Then the king sent for Shimei15 and said to him, "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, but do not go anywhere else.
The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley,16 you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head."1738
Shimei answered the king, "What you say is good. Your servant will do as my lord the king has said." And Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.
But three years later, two of Shimei's slaves ran off to Achish18 son of Maacah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, "Your slaves are in Gath."
At this, he saddled his donkey and went to Achish at Gath in search of his slaves. So Shimei went away and brought the slaves back from Gath.
When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned,
the king summoned Shimei and said to him, "Did I not make you swear by the LORD and warn19 you, 'On the day you leave to go anywhere else, you can be sure you will die'? At that time you said to me, 'What you say is good. I will obey.'
Why then did you not keep your oath to the LORD and obey the command I gave you?"
The king also said to Shimei, "You know in your heart all the wrong20 you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.
But King Solomon will be blessed, and David's throne will remain secure21 before the LORD forever."