1 Kings 2

VIN(i) 1 And the days of David drew near for him to die. And he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2 I go the way of all the earth. And you be strong and show yourself a man. 3 You shall keep the charge of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his judgments, and his testimonies, as are written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and everywhere you turn, 4 So that the Lord may give effect to what he said of me, If your children give attention to their ways, living uprightly before me with all their heart and their soul, you will never be without a man to be king in Israel. 5 Now thou thyself knowest what Joab son of Saruia hath done to me; what he did to the two chiefs of the armies of Israel, to Abenner son of Ner, and to Amessai son of Jether. He indeed slew them, and shed the blood of war in peace, and stained, with guiltless blood, the girdle on his loins, and the shoes on his feet. 6 Do therefore according to your wisdom, and let not his gray head go down to the grave in peace. 7 But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for so they came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother. 8 And, behold, you have with you Shimei the son of Gera, a 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 Jordan, and I swore to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put you to death with the sword. 9 And now, do not hold him guiltless. For you are a wise man, and you know what you ought to do to him. But bring his gray head down to the grave with blood. 10 Then David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 11 He was king of Israel for forty years. He ruled seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 And Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his kingdom was firmly established. 13 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. She said, Do you come peaceably? He said, Peaceably. 14 Then he said, I have something to say to you. And she said, Say on. 15 Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel had preferred me to be their king: but the kingdom is transferred, and is become my brother's: for it was appointed him by the Lord. 16 Now I have one request to make to you, and do not say, No, to me. And she said to him, Say on. 17 Then he asked her, "Please talk to king Solomon for me, since he won't refuse you. Ask him to give me Abishag the Shunnamite as a wife." 18 "Okay," Bathsheba replied. "I'll talk to the king for you." 19 And Bathsheba 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 he caused a throne to be set for the king`s mother, and she sat on his right hand. 20 She said, "I have one small request I am asking from you. Do not refuse me." The king said to her, "Ask, my mother, for I will not refuse you." 21 She said, "Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as wife." 22 King Solomon answered his mother, "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 sware by the LORD, saying, "God do so to me and so thereto if Adonijah have not spoken this word against himself. 24 And now [as] the LORD liveth, who has established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who has made me a house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day. 25 So King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah son of Jehoiada,—and he fell upon him, that he died. 26 The king spoke to Abiathar the priest: "Go to your fields at Anathoth. You deserve death. But I will not put you to death now, because you carried the Ark of the LORD God before David my father. You were with him in all his troubles." 27 So Solomon banished Abiathar from being priest to the LORD, thus fulfilling the word which the LORD had spoken concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. 28 When the message came to Joab (now Joab had supported Adonijah but had not supported Absalom), he fled to the tent of the LORD and grasped the horns of the altar. 29 It was told to King Solomon that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar. So Solomon sent word to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, saying, "Go and fall upon him." 30 Benaiah went to the Tent of the LORD and told Joab: Come out. Joab said: "No! Let me die here." So Benaiah returned to the king and gave him the answer Joab gave him. 31 And the king will say to him, Do as he said, and strike upon him, and bury him; and take away the bloods which Joab shed gratuitously, from me and from my father's house. 32 The LORD will repay him for his bloodshed because, without my father David's consent he attacked and murdered two men more righteous and better than he, Ner's son Abner, the commander of Israel's army and Jether's son Amasa, commander of Judah's army. 33 So shall their blood return on the head of Joab, and on the head of his descendants forever. But to David, and to his descendants, and to his house, and to his throne, there shall be peace forever from the LORD." 34 So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and struck him down, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. 35 The king made Benaiah commander of the army in Joab's place and put Zadok the priest in Abiathar's place. 36 The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and live there, and don’t go anywhere else. 37 If you ever leave and cross the Kidron Brook, you can be sure that you'll die. You'll be responsible for your own death." 38 Shimei said to the king, “What you say is good. As my lord the king has said, so will your servant do.” Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days. 39 At the end of three years, two of Shimei's slaves ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath. They told Shimei, saying, “Behold, your slaves are in Gath.” 40 Shimei arose, saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish, to seek his slaves; and Shimei went, and brought his slaves from Gath. 41 When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned, 42 the king sent and summoned Shimei, and he said to him, "Did I not make you swear by the LORD? I warned you, saying, 'On the day you go out and you go anywhere whatsoever, know for certain that you will surely die.' And you said to me, 'The word is good; I accept.' 43 Why then have you not kept the oath of the Lord and the order which I gave you? 44 The king said moreover to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wickedness that you did to David my father. Therefore the LORD will return your wickedness on your own head. 45 But king Solomon will be blessed, and David's throne will be established before the LORD forever.” 46 Then the king commanded Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and fell upon him, and he died. So the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.