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I and my son Solomon shall be 30 Even as I sware unto thee counted offenders.

by the LORD God of Israel, 22 And, lo, while she yet saying, Assuredly Solomop thy talked with the king, Nathan the son shall reign after me, and he prophet also came in.

shall sit upon my throne in my 23 And they told the king, stead; even so will I certainly do saying, Behold, Nathan the pro- this day. phet. And when he was come 31 Then Bath-sheba bowed in before the king, he bowed with her face to the earth, and himself before the king with his did reverence to the king, and face to the ground.

said, Let my lord king David 24 And Nathan said, My lord | live for ever. O king, hast thou said, Adoni- 32 And king David said, Call jah shall reign after me, and he me Zadok the priest, and Nashall sit upon my throne ? than the prophet, and Benaiah

25 For he is gone down this the son of Jehoiada. And they day, and hath slain oxen, and fat || came before the king. cattle, and sheep in abundance, 33 The king also said unto and hath called all the king's them, Take with you the serysons, and the captains of the ants of your lord, and cause Sohost, and Abiathar the priest ; lomon my son to ride upon mine and, behold, they eat and drink own mule, and bring him down before him, and say, God save to Gihon: king Adonijah.

34 And let Zadok the priest, 26 But me, even me thy ser- and Nathan the prophet, anoint vant, and Zadok the priest, and him there king over Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and blow ye with the trumpet, and thy servant Solomon, hath he say, God save king Solomon. not called.

35 Then ye shall come up after 27 Is this thing done by my him, that he may come and sit lord the king, and thou hast not upon my throne ; for he shall be shewed it unto thy servant, who king in my stead: and I have should sit on the throne of my appointed him to be ruler over lord the king after him?

Israel and over Judah. 28 Then king David answered

36 And Benaiah the son of and said, Call me Bath-sheba. | Jehoiada answered the king, and And she came into the king's pre- said, Amen: the Lord God of sence, and stood before the king. my lord the king say so too.

29 And the king sware, and 37 As the LORD hath becn said, As the LORD liveth, that with my lord the king, even so hath redeemed my soul out of be he with Solomon, and make all distress,

his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David. and they have caused him to

38 So Zadok the priest, and ride upon the king's mule. Nathan the prophet, and Benai- 45 And Zadok the priest, and ah the son of Jehoiada, and the Nathan the prophet have anointCherethites, and the Pelethites, ed him king in Gihon: and they went down, and caused Solo

are come up from thence remon to ride upon king David's joicing, so that the city rang mule, and brought him to Gi- again. This is the noise that ye hon.

have heard. 39 And Zadok the priest took 46 And also Solomon sitteth an oil of

on the throne of the kingdom. nacle, and anointed Solomon. 47 And moreover, the king's And they blew the trumpet; and servants came to bless our lord all the people said, God save king David, saying, God make king Solomon.

the name of Solomon better than 40 And all the people came up thy name, and make his throne after him, and the people piped greater than thy throne. And with pipes, and rejoiced with the king bowed himself upon great joy, so that the earth rent the bed. with the sound of them.

48 And also thus said the king, 41 And Adonijah and all the Blessed be the LORD God of guests that were with him heard Israel, which hath given one to it as they had made an end of sit on my throne this day, mine eating. And when Joab heard eyes even seeing it. the sound of the trumpet, he 49 And all the guests that said, Wherefore is this noise of were with Adonijah were afraid, the city being in an uproar? and rose up, and went every

42 And while he yet spake, be- man his way, hold, Jonathan the son of Abi- 50 And Adonijah feared beathar the priest came; and Ado- cause of Solomon, and arose, nijah said unto him, Come in; and went, and caught hold on for thou art a valiant man, and the horns of the altar. bringest good tidings.

51 And it was told Solomon, 43 And Jonathan answered and Behold, Adonijah feareth king said to Adonijah, Verily our Solomon, for, lo, he hath caught lord king David hath made So- hold on the horns of the altar, lomon king

saying, Let king Solomon swear 44 And the king hath sent with unto me to-day, that he will not him Zadok the priest, and Na- slay his servant with the sword. than the prophet, and Benaiah 52 And Solomon said, If he the son of Jehoiada, and the will shew himself a worthy man, Cherethites, and the Pelethites, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wicked - Israel, unto Abner the son of ness shall be found in him, he Ner, and unto Amasa the son of shall die,

Jether, whom he slew, and shed 53 So king Solomon sent, and the blood of war in peace, and they brought him down from the put the blood of war upon his altar. And he came, and bowed girdle that was about his loins, himself to king Solomon: and and in his shoes that were on his Solomon said unto him, Go to feet. thine house. '

6 Do therefore according to

thy wisdom, and let not his CHAP. II.

hoar head go down to the grave


7 But shew kindness unto the NOW the days of David sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, drew nigh that he should die ; and let them be of those that and he charged Solomon his son, eat at thy table: for so they saying,

came to me when I fled because 2 I go the way of all the earth: of Absalom thy brother. be thou strong therefore, and 8 And, behold, thou hast with shew thyself a man ;

thee Shimei the son of Gera, a 3 And keep the charge of the Benjamite of Bahurim, which LORD thy God, to walk in his cursed me with a grievous curse ways, to keep his statutes, and in the day when I went to Mahis commandments, and his hanaim: but he came down to judgments, and his testimonies, meet me at Jordan, and I sware as it is : written in the law of to him by the LORD, saying, I Moses, that thou mayest prosper will not put thee to death with in all that thou doest, and whi. the sword. thersoever thou turnest thyself: 9 Now therefore hold him not

4 That the Lord may continue guiltless: for thou art a wise his word which he spake con- man, and knowest what thou cerning me, saying, If thy chiloughtest to do unto him: but dren take heed to their way, to his hoar head bring thou down walk before me in truth with all to the grave with blood. their heart and with all their 10 So David slept with his fasoul, there shall not fail thee thers, and was buried in the city (said he) a man on the throne of of David. Israel.

11 And the days that David 5 Moreover, thou knowest also reigned over Israel were forty what Joab the son of Zeruiah years: seven years reigned he did to me, and what he did to in Hebron, and thirty and three the two captains of the hosts of years reigned he in Jerusalem. 12 Then sat Solomon upon the || thee, say me not nay. And the throne of David his father; and king said unto her, Ask on, my his kingdom was established mother, for I will not say thee nay. greatly.

21 And she said, Let Abishag 13 And Adonijah the son of the Shunammite be given to Haggith came to Bath-sheba Adonijah thy brother, to wife. the mother of Solomon. And 22 And king Solomon answershe said, Comest thou peacea- ed and said unto his mother, bly? And he said, Peaceably. And why dost thou ask Abishag

14 He said moreover, I have the Shunammite for Adonijah? somewhat to say unto thee. And | Ask for him the kingdom also; she said, Say on.

for he is mine elder brother; 15 And he said, Thou know even for him, and for Abiathar est that the kingdom was mine, the priest, and for Joab the son and that all Israel set their faces of Zeruiah, on me, that I should reign; 23 Then king Solomon sware howbeit the kingdom is turned by the Lord, saying, God do so about, and is become my bro- to me, and more also, if Adonither's: for it was his from the jah have not spoken this word LORD.

against his own life. 16 And now I ask one peti. 24 Now therefore, as the LORD tion of thee, deny me not. And liveth, which hath established she said, unto him, Say on. me, and set me on the throne of

17 And he said, Speak, I pray David my father, and who hath thee, unto Solomon the king, made me an house, as he pro(for he will not say thee nay) mised, Adonijah shall be put to that he give me Abishag the death this day, Shunammite to wife,

25 And king Solomon sent by 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; the hand of Benaiah the son of I will speak for thee unto the Jehoiada; and he fell upon him, king.

that he died. 19 Bath-sheba therefore went 26 And unto Abiathar the unto king Solomon, to speak priest said the king, Get thee to unto him for Adonijah. And the Anathoth, unto thine own fields; king 'rose up to meet her, and for thou art worthy of death: bowed himself unto her, and but I will not at this time put sat down on his throne, and thee to death, because thou caused a seat to be set for the barest the ark of the LORD God king's mother; and she sat on before David my father, and behis right hand.

cause thou hast been afflicted in 20 Then she said, I desire one all wherein my father was afflictsmall petition of thee; I pray || ed.

27 So Solomon thrust out Abi- Ner, captain of the host of Isathar from being priest/unto the rael, and Amasa the son of JeLORD; that he might fulfil the ther, captain of the host of word of the LORD, which he Judah. spake concerning the house of 33 Their blood shall therefore Eli in Shiloh.

return upon the head of Joab, 28 Then tidings came to Joab: and upon the head of his seed for Joab had turned after Ado-for ever: but upon David, and nijah, though he turned not upon his seed, and upon his after Absalom. And Joab fled house, and upon his throne, shall unto the tabernacle of the LORD, there be peace for ever from the and caught hold on the horns of LORD. the altar.

34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoi. 29 And it was told king Solo ada went up, and fell upon him, mon that Joab was fled unto the and slew him: and he was butabernacle of the LORD;- and, ried in his own house in the wil. behold, be is by the altar. Then

derness. Solomon sent Benaiah the son 35 And the king put Benaiah of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall the son of Jehoiada in his room upon him.

over the host: and Zadok the 30 And Benaiah came to the priest did the king put in the tabernacle of the LORD, and room of Abiathar. said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, ed for Shimei, and said unto Nay; but I will die here. And him, Build thee an house in JeBenaiah brought the king word rusalem, and dwell there, and again, saying, Thus said Joab, go not forth thence any whither. and thus he answered me.

37 For it shall be, that on the 31 And the king said unto him, day thou goest out, and passest Do as he hath said, and fall upon over the brook Kidron, thou him, and bury him; that thou shalt know for certain that thou mayest /take away the innocent shalt surely die: thy blood shall blood, which Joab shed, from be upon thine own head, me, and from the house of my 38 And Shimei said unto the father.

king, The saying is good: as 32 And the LORD shall return my lord the king hath said, so his blood upon his own head, will thy servant do. And Shimei who fell upon two men more dwelt in Jerusalem many days. righteous and better than he, 39 And it came to pass at the and slew them with the sword, end of three years, that two of my father David not knowing the servants of Shimei ran away thereof, to wit, Abner the son of unto Achish son of Maachah


36 And the king sent and call.


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