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

 
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1 When David's time to die approached, he charged his son Solomon, saying, 1 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
2 "I'm about to go the way of all the earth, but you - be strong; show what you're made of! 2 "I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man,
3 Do what God tells you. Walk in the paths he shows you: Follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts, his course for life set out in the revelation to Moses; then you'll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go. 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 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.' 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 "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. 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 what you think best with him, but by no means let him get off scot-free - make him pay. 6 Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.
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. 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 "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.' 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 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." 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 Then David joined his ancestors. He was buried in the City of David. 10 Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David.
11 David ruled Israel for forty years - seven years in Hebron and another thirty-three in Jerusalem. 11 He had reigned forty years over Israel--seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.
12 Solomon took over on the throne of his father David; he had a firm grip on the kingdom. 12 So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.
13 Adonijah son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother. She said, "Do you come in peace?" 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 And then, "May I say something to you?" "Go ahead," she said, "speak." 14 Then he added, "I have something to say to you." "You may say it," she replied.
15 "You know that I had the kingdom right in my hands and everyone expected me to be king, and then the whole thing backfired and the kingdom landed in my brother's lap - God's doing. 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 So now I have one request to ask of you; please don't refuse me." "Go ahead, ask," she said. 16 Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me." "You may make it," she said.
17 "Ask King Solomon - he won't turn you down - to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife." 17 So he continued, "Please ask King Solomon--he will not refuse you--to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife."
18 "Certainly," said Bathsheba. "I'll speak to the king for you." 18 "Very well," Bathsheba replied, "I will speak to the king for you."