1 Kings 2:1-18 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die ; and he charged Solomon his son, saying , 1 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; 2 "I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man,
3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest , and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go,
4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying , If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. 4 and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: 'If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'
5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew , and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. 5 "Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me--what he did to the two commanders of Israel's armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet.
6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace. 6 Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.
7 But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother. 7 "But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table. They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.
8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying , I will not put thee to death with the sword. 8 "And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD: 'I will not put you to death by the sword.'
9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless : for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood. 9 But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood."
10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 10 Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David.
11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel--seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.
12 Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.
13 And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said , Comest thou peaceably? And he said , Peaceably. 13 Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother. Bathsheba asked him, "Do you come peacefully?" He answered, "Yes, peacefully."
14 He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said , Say on . 14 Then he added, "I have something to say to you." "You may say it," she replied.
15 And he said , Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign : howbeit the kingdom is turned about , and is become my brother's: for it was his from the LORD. 15 "As you know," he said, "the kingdom was mine. All Israel looked to me as their king. But things changed, and the kingdom has gone to my brother; for it has come to him from the LORD.
16 And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on . 16 Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me." "You may make it," she said.
17 And he said , Speak , I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay ,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife. 17 So he continued, "Please ask King Solomon--he will not refuse you--to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife."
18 And Bathsheba said , Well; I will speak for thee unto the king. 18 "Very well," Bathsheba replied, "I will speak to the king for you."