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1 Kings 2:13-25

Adonijah's Foolish Request

13 Now Adonijah son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother. She asked, "Do you come peacefully?" "Peacefully," he replied,
14 and then asked, "May I talk with you?"a "Go ahead," she answered.
15 "You know the kingship was mine," he said. "All Israel expected me to be king, but then the kingship was turned over to my brother, for the Lord gave it to him.
16 So now I have just one request of you; don't turn me down."b She said to him, "Go on."
17 He replied, "Please speak to King Solomon since he won't turn you down. Let him give me Abishag the Shunammitec as a wife."
18 "Very well," Bathsheba replied. "I will speak to the king for you."
19 So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him about Adonijah. The king stood up to greet her, bowed to her, sat down on his throne, and had a throne placed for the king's mother. So she sat down at his right hand.
20 Then she said, "I have just one small request of you. Don't turn me down." "[Go ahead and] ask, mother," the king replied, "for I won't turn you down."
21 So she said, "Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to your brother Adonijah as a wife."
22 King Solomon answered his mother, "Why are you requesting Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Since he is my elder brother, you might as well ask the kingship for him,d for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab son of Zeruiah."e
23 Then Solomon took an oath by the Lord: "May God punish me and do so severely if Adonijah has not made this request at the cost of his life.
24 And now, as the Lord lives, the One who established me, seated me on the throne of my father David, and made me a dynasty as He promisedf-I swear Adonijah will be put to death today!"
25 Then King Solomon gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who struck down Adonijah, and he died.
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