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THE FIRST BOOK OF THE KINGS,

COMMONLY CALLED,

THE THIRD BOOK OF THE KINGS.

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Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin : and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.

3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him : but the king knew her not.

5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.

6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so ? and he also was a very goodly man ; and his mother bare him after Absalom.

7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.

8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zobeleth, which is by En-rogel, and called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants :

10 But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.

11 Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?

12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou

mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.

13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne ? why then doth Adonijah reign? 14 Behold, while thou

yet

talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.

15 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber : and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.

16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?

17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy

God unto thine handmaid, saying, the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Assuredly Solomon thy son shall Solomon, bath he not called. reign after me, and he shall sit 27 Is this thing done by my lord upon my throne.

the king, and thou hast not shewed 18 And now, behold, Adonijah it unto thy servant, who should sit reigneth ; and now, my lord the on the throne of my lord the king king, thou knowest it not:

after him? 19 And he hath slain oxen and 28 Then king David answered fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And and hath called all the sons of the she came into the king's presence, king, and Abiathar the priest, and and stood before the king. Joab the captain of the host: but 29 And the king sware, and said, Solomon thy servant hath he not As the LORD liveth, that hath recalled.

deemed my soul out of all distress, 20 And thou, my lord, O king, 30 Even as I sware unto thee by the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, the Lord God of Israel, saying, that thou shouldest tell them who Assuredly Solomon thy son shall shall sit on the throne of my lord reign after me, and he shall sit upon the king after him.

my throne in my stead; even so 21 Otherwise it shall come to will I certainly do this day. pass, when my lord the king shall 31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with sleep with his fathers, that I and her face to the earth, and did revemy son Solomon shall be counted rence to the king, and said, Let my offenders.

lord king David live for ever. 22 And, lo, while she yet talked 32 And king David said, Call me with the king, Nathan the prophet Zadok the priest, and Nathan the also came in.

prophet, and Benaiah the son of 23 And they told the king, say Jehoiada. And they came before ing, Behold Nathan the prophet. the king. And when he was come in before 33 The king also said unto them, the king, he bowed himself before Take with you the servants of your the king with his face to the lord, and cause Solomon my son to ground.

ride upon mine own mule, and bring 24 And Nathan said, My lord, O him down to Gihon : king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall 34 And let Zadok the priest and reign after me, and he shall sit upon Nathan the prophet anoint him my throne?

there king over Israel : and blow ye 25 For he is gone down this day, with the trumpet, and say, God and hath slain oxen and fat cattle save king Solomon. and sheep in abundance, and hath 35 Then ye shall come up after called all the king's sons, and the him, that he may come and sit upcaptains of the host, and Abiathar on my throne; for he shall be king the priest; and, behold, they eat in my stead : and I have appointed and drink before him, and say, God him to be ruler over Israel and over save king Adonijah.

Judah. 26 But me, even me thy servant, 36 And Benaiah the son of Jeand Zadok the priest, and Benaiah hoiada answered the king, and said,

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caused him to ride upon the king's mule :

45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon : and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard. .

46 And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.

47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne.

And the king bowed himself upon the bed.

48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even see

ing it.

Amen : the LORD God of

my

lord the king say so too.

37 As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of

my lord king David.

38 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon.

39 And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon.

40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.

41 And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar :

42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in ; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.

43 And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king.

44 And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have

49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.

50 And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.

51 And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon : for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword.

52 And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth : but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.

53 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon : and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.

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