1 Kings 2 (New American Standard)

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David's Charge to Solomon

1 As David's a1time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2 "2I am going the way of all the earth. 3Be strong, therefore, and bshow yourself a man. 3 "Keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, 4according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that 5you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 so that 6the LORD may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, '7If your sons are careful of their way, 8to walk before Me in ctruth with all their heart and with all their soul, d9you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.' 5 "Now you also know what Joab the 10son of Zeruiah did to me, what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to 11Abner the son of Ner, and to 12Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed; he also eshed the blood of war in peace. And he put the blood of war on his belt fabout his waist, and on his sandals gon his feet. 6 "13So act according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray hair go down to hSheol in peace. 7 "But 14show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and 15let them be among those who eat at your table; 16for they iassisted me when I fled from Absalom your brother. 8 "Behold, 17there is with you Shimei the son of Gera the Benjamite, of Bahurim; now it was he who cursed me with a jviolent curse on the day I went to Mahanaim. But when 18he came down to me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD, saying, 'I will not put you to death with the sword.' 9 "Now therefore, do not let him go unpunished, 19for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you will bring his gray hair down to kSheol with blood."

Death of David

10 Then 20David slept with his fathers and was buried in 21the city of David. 11 22The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: 23seven years he reigned in Hebron and thirty-three years he reigned in Jerusalem. 12 And 24Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established. 13 Now Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, "25Do 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 26the kingdom was mine and 27that all Israel lexpected me to be king; 28however, the kingdom has turned about and become my brother's, 29for it was his from the LORD. 16 "Now I am making one request of you; do not mrefuse me." And she said to him, "Speak." 17 Then he said, "Please speak to Solomon the king, for he will not nrefuse you, that he may give me 30Abishag 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 31had a throne set for the king's mother, and 32she sat on his right. 20 Then she said, "I am making one small request of you; 33do not orefuse me." And the king said to her, "Ask, my mother, for I will not prefuse you." 21 So she said, "34Let 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? 35Ask for him also the kingdom -36for he is my older brother -even for him, for 37Abiathar 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 38not spoken this word against his own qlife. 24 "Now therefore, as the LORD lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and 39who has made me a house as He promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to death today." 25 So King Solomon 40sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him so that he died. 26 Then to Abiathar the priest the king said, "41Go to Anathoth to your own field, 42for you rdeserve to die; but I will not put you to death at this time, because 43you carried the ark of the Lord sGOD before my father David, and because 44you 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 45the word of the LORD, which He had spoken concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

Joab Executed

28 Now the news came to Joab, 46for Joab had followed Adonijah, 47although he had not followed Absalom. And Joab fled to the tent of the LORD and 48took 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 49sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, "50Go, 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, "51Do as he has spoken and fall upon him and bury him, 52that you may remove from me and from my father's house the blood which Joab shed without cause. 32 "53The LORD will return his blood on his own head, 54because 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: 55Abner the son of Ner, commander of the army of Israel, and 56Amasa the son of Jether, commander of the army of Judah. 33 "57So shall their blood return on the head of Joab and on the head of his tdescendants forever; but to David and his udescendants and his house and his throne, may there be peace from the LORD forever ." 34 Then 58Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell upon him and put him to death, and he was buried at his own house 59in the wilderness. 35 60The king appointed Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in his place, and the king appointed 61Zadok the priest 62in the place of Abiathar.

Shimei Executed

36 Now the king sent and called for 63Shimei 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 64cross over the vbrook Kidron, you will know for certain that you shall surely die; 65your 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 66to 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 whave laid on you?" 44 The king also said to Shimei, "67You know all the evil which xyou acknowledge in your heart, which you did to my father David; therefore 68the LORD shall return your evil on your own head. 45 "But King Solomon shall be blessed, and 69the throne of David shall be established before the LORD forever ." 46 70So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he went out and fell upon him so that he died. 71Thus the kingdom was established in the hands of Solomon.
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