1 Kings 2:1-7 (English Standard Version)

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David's Instructions to Solomon

1 1When David's time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, 2 2"I am about to go the way of all the earth. 3Be strong, and show yourself a man, 3 and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, 4that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 that the LORD may 5establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, 6'If your sons pay close attention to their way, 7to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, 8you shall not lacka a man on the throne of Israel.' 5 "Moreover, you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah 9did to me, how he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel, 10Abner the son of Ner, 11and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed, avengingb in time of peace for blood that had been shed in war, and putting the blood of warc on the belt around hisd waist and on the sandals on his feet. 6 Act therefore 12according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. 7 But deal loyally with the sons of 13Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be 14among those who eat at your table, 15for with such loyaltye they met me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
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