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  • 35 The king put Benaiah son of Jehoiada over the army in Joab’s position and replaced Abiathar with Zadok the priest.

  • 36 Then the king sent for Shimei and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, but do not go anywhere else.

  • 37 The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley, you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head.”

  • 38 Shimei answered the king, “What you say is good. Your servant will do as my lord the king has said.” And Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.

  • 39 But three years later, two of Shimei’s slaves ran off to Achish son of Maakah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, “Your slaves are in Gath.”

  • 40 At this, he saddled his donkey and went to Achish at Gath in search of his slaves. So Shimei went away and brought the slaves back from Gath.

  • 41 When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned,

  • 42 the king summoned Shimei and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by the LORD and warn you, ‘On the day you leave to go anywhere else, you can be sure you will die’? At that time you said to me, ‘What you say is good. I will obey.’

  • 43 Why then did you not keep your oath to the LORD and obey the command I gave you?”

  • 44 The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.

  • 45 But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the LORD forever.”

  • 46 Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and he died. The kingdom was now established in Solomon’s hands.

  • 2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.

  • 2 And these were his chief officials: Azariah son of Zadok—the priest;

  • 2 Solomon sent back this message to Hiram:

  • 2 The temple that King Solomon built for the LORD was sixty cubits long, twenty wide and thirty high.

  • 2 He built the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon a hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high, with four rows of cedar columns supporting trimmed cedar beams.

  • 2 All the Israelites came together to King Solomon at the time of the festival in the month of Ethanim, the seventh month.

  • 2 the LORD appeared to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.

  • 2 Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind.