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1 Kings 2:4-14 (The Message)

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4 Then God will confirm what he promised me when he said, 'If your sons watch their step, staying true to me heart and soul, you'll always have a successor on Israel's throne.' 5 "And don't forget what Joab son of Zeruiah did to the two commanders of Israel's army, to Abner son of Ner and to Amasa son of Jether. He murdered them in cold blood, acting in peacetime as if he were at war, and has been stained with that blood ever since. 6 Do what you think best with him, but by no means let him get off scot-free - make him pay. 7 "But be generous to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite - extend every hospitality to them; that's the way they treated me when I was running for my life from Absalom your brother. 8 "You also will have to deal with Shimei son of Gera the Benjaminite from Bahurim, the one who cursed me so viciously when I was on my way to Mahanaim. Later, when he welcomed me back at the Jordan, I promised him under God, 'I won't put you to death.' 9 But neither should you treat him as if nothing ever happened. You're wise, you know how to handle these things. You'll know what to do to make him pay before he dies." 10 Then David joined his ancestors. He was buried in the City of David. 11 David ruled Israel for forty years - seven years in Hebron and another thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 Solomon took over on the throne of his father David; he had a firm grip on the kingdom. 13 Adonijah son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother. She said, "Do you come in peace?" 14 And then, "May I say something to you?" "Go ahead," she said, "speak."
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