The fourth son of David ( 2 Samuel 3:4 ). After the death of his elder brothers, Amnon and Absalom, he became heir-apparent to the throne. But Solomon, a younger brother, was preferred to him. Adonijah, however, when his father was dying, caused himself to be proclaimed king. But Nathan and Bathsheba induced David to give orders that Solomon should at once be proclaimed and admitted to the throne. Adonijah fled and took refuge at the altar, and received pardon for his conduct from Solomon on the condition that he showed himself "a worthy man" ( 1 Kings 1:5-53 ). He afterwards made a second attempt to gain the throne, but was seized and put to death ( 1 Kings 2:13-25 ).
A Levite sent with the princes to teach the book of the law to the inhabitants of Judah ( 2 Chronicles 17:8 ).
One of the "chiefs of the people" after the Captivity ( Nehemiah 10:16 ).
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible [H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Adonijah". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .