1 Kings 2

MLV(i) 1 Now the days of David drew near that he should die. And he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2 I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong therefore and show yourself a man, 3 and keep the charge of Jehovah your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments and his ordinances and his testimonies, according to what is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn yourself. 4 That Jehovah may establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there will not fail you a man on the throne of Israel.
5 Moreover you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, even what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed and shed the blood of war in peace and put the blood of war upon his belt that was about his loins and in his shoes that were on his feet. 6 Do therefore according to your wisdom and do not let his hoar head go down to Sheol in peace.
7 But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite and let them be of those who eat at your table, for so they came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
8 And behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite, of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim. But he came down to meet me at the Jordan and I swore to him by Jehovah, saying, I will not put you to death with the sword. 9 Now therefore do not hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man and you will know what you ought to do to him and you will bring his hoar head down to Sheol with blood.
10 And David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. 11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 And Solomon sat upon the throne of David his father and his kingdom was established greatly.
13 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Do you come peaceably? And he said, Peaceably. 14 He said moreover, I have something to say to you. And she said, Say on. 15 And he said, You know that the kingdom was mine and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign. However the kingdom is turned about and has become my brother's, for it was his from Jehovah.
16 And now I ask one petition of you; do not deny me. And she said to him, Say on. 17 And he said, I beseech you, speak to Solomon the king (for he will not say no to you), that he give me Abishag the Shunammite as a wife. 18 And Bathsheba said, Well, I will speak for you to the king.
19 Bathsheba therefore went to king Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her and bowed himself to her and sat down on his throne and caused a throne to be set for the king's mother. And she sat on his right hand. 20 Then she said, I ask one small petition of you; do not deny me. And the king said to her, Ask on, my mother, for I will not deny you. 21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as a wife. 22 And king Solomon answered and said to his mother, And why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also, for he is my elder brother, even for him and for Abiathar the priest and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
23 Then king Solomon swore by Jehovah, saying, God do so to me and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life. 24 Now therefore as Jehovah lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father and who has made me a house as he promised, surely Adonijah will be put to death this day. 25 And king Solomon sent by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and he fell upon him so that he died.
26 And the king said to Abiathar the priest, You get to Anathoth, to your own fields, for you are worthy of death. But I will not at this time put you to death, because you bore the ark of the lord Jehovah before David my father and because you were afflicted in all in which my father was afflicted. 27 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest to Jehovah, that he might fulfill the word of Jehovah, which he spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
28 And the news came to Joab, for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he did not turn after Absalom. And Joab fled to the tent of Jehovah and caught hold on the horns of the altar. 29 And it was told king Solomon, Joab has fled to the tent of Jehovah, and behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. 30 And Benaiah came to the tent of Jehovah and said to him, Thus says the king, Come forth. And he said, No, but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab and thus he answered me.
31 And the king said to him, Do as he has said and fall upon him and bury him, that you may take away the blood, which Joab shed without cause, from me and from my father's house. 32 And Jehovah will return his blood upon his own head, because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he and killed them with the sword and my father David did not know it, namely, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah.
33 So will their blood return upon the head of Joab and upon the head of his seed everlasting. But to David and to his seed and to his house and to his throne, there will be peace everlasting from Jehovah.
34 Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell upon him and killed him. And he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. 35 And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the army. And the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.
36 And the king sent and called for Shimei and said to him, Build a house in Jerusalem for you and dwell there and do not go forth from there anywhere. 37 For on the day you go out and pass over the brook Kidron, know for certain that you will surely die; your blood will be upon your own head. 38 And Shimei said to the king, The saying is good. As my lord the king has said, so will your servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
39 And it happened at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, your servants are in Gath. 40 And Shimei arose and saddled his donkey and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants. And Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath.
41 And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and was come again. 42 And the king sent and called for Shimei and said to him, Did I not make you swear by Jehovah and protest to you, saying, Know for certain, that on the day you go out and walk abroad anywhere, you will surely die? And you said to me, The saying that I have heard is good.
43 Why then have you not kept the oath of Jehovah and the commandment that I have charged you with? 44 The king said moreover to Shimei, You know all the evil which your heart has known, what you did to David my father. Therefore Jehovah will return your evil upon your own head. 45 But king Solomon will be blessed and the throne of David will be established before Jehovah until everlasting.
46 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And he went out and fell upon him so that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.