Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Chapter 1

1. Now, King David was old and advanced in years, and they covered him with garments, but he could not keep warm.

2. Therefore, his servants said to him, “Let them seek a young virgin for my lord, the King, and let her stand before the King, and let her be of service to him, even lying in your bosom so that my lord the King may keep warm.”

3. So they began seeking a fair young virgin throughout all the territory of Israel, and they found Abishag the Shunammite, and they brought her to the King.

4. And the young woman was exceedingly fair, and she became a servant to the king, even ministering to him, but the King knew her not.

5. Then Adonijah, son of Haggith, exalted himself saying, “I will be king!”, and he prepared for himself chariotry and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him,

6.and his father had not grieved him at any time by saying, “Why have you done this?” He also was very comely, and he was born after Absalom.

7. Moreover, he took counsel with Joab, son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed Adonijah and helped him.

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

9. And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen, and cattle close to the stone of Zoheleth which is beside Enrogel, and he called all his brothers, sons of the king, and all men of Judah, servants of the King.

10.However, he did not call Nathan the prophet, or Benaiah, or the mighty men, or Solomon his brother.

11. Then Nathan said to Bathsheba, mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah, son of Haggith has begun to reign, and David, our lord does not know it?

12.And now, please come and let me advise you, that your life and the life of your son Solomon may escape.

13.Go, and enter unto David the King, and say to him, ‘O King, my lord, did you not swear to your maid-servant saying, Solomon your son will certainly become king after me, and he will sit on my throne! So why has Adonijah become king?’

14.Behold, while you are still speaking there with the King, then I will come in after you and confirm your words.”

15. Then Bathsheba went in to the king to his chamber, and the King was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the King.

16. And Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself before the King, and the King said, “What can I do for you?”

17. Then she said to him, “My lord, you swore to your hand-maid by Jehovah, your God, saying, ‘Solomon, your son will certainly become king after me, and will sit on my throne,’

18.but now, behold, Adonijah is reigning. And now lord, O king, you are not aware of it.

19.Also, he has slaughtered a multitude of oxen, and cattle, and sheep, and he has called all the kings’ sons, and Abiathar the priest, and even Joab the captain of the army, but he did not call for Solomon your servant.

20.And you, my lord, O King, eyes of all Israel are upon you to make known to them who will sit upon the throne of my lord the king after him.

21.Otherwise, it will come to pass that when my lord the King sleeps with his fathers, I and my son Solomon will be considered sinners.”

22. And behold, while she was still speaking with the King, Nathan the prophet came in.

23. And they announced to the King saying, “Behold, Nathan the prophet!” And he entered in before the king, and bowed himself before the king on his face to the ground.

24. And Nathan said, “My lord, O King, did you say, ‘that Adonijah will reign after me, and that he would sit on my throne?’

25.Because he has gone down today and he is slaughtering a multitude of oxen, and cattle, and sheep, and he has called to all the king’s sons, also captains of the host, and to Abiathar the priest. And behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and they are saying, ‘Let Adonijah the king live forever!’

26.But to me, your servant, and to Zadok the priest, and to Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, and to Solomon your servant he did not call.

27.If my lord the King has made this decision, then you have not made it known to your servant as to who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.”

28. Then David the King answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me!” And she entered into the King’s presence, and stood before the King.

29. And the king swore and said, “As Jehovah lives, who redeemed my soul from all distress,

30.certainly, as I swore to you by the Lord my God of Israel saying, ‘Surely, Solomon your son will become king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my stead’, so I will certainly do this day!”

31. Then Bathsheba bowed her face to the earth, and prostrated herself before the king, and said, “Let my lord, David the King live forever!”

32. And David the King said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, and to Nathan the prophet, and to Benaiah son of Jehoiada”, and they entered in before the King.

33. Then the King said to them, “Take the servants of your lord with you, and have my son Solomon to ride on my mule, and bring him down to Gihon,

34.and let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there, king over Israel, and blow a shofar and declare, ‘May Solomon the king live forever’.

35.Then you will go up after him, and he will come in and sit upon my throne, and he will reign in my stead, and I have appointed him to be ruler over all Israel and over Judah.”

36. And Benaiah, son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen, so says Jehovah, the God of my lord the King,

37.as Jehovah has been with my lord the King, so let He be with Solomon, even making his throne greater than the throne of David, my lord, the King.”

38. Then Zadok the priest went down, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they mounted Solomon on King David’s mule and brought him to Gihon.

39. So, Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent, and he anointed Solomon and they blew with a shofar, and the people said, “May king Solomon live forever!”

40. And all the people came up after him, and the people were piping with pipes, and rejoicing with great joy such that the earth burst open with the sound of them.

41. Then Adonijah and all who were called by him heard it when they had finished eating. And Joab heard the sound of the shofar and said, “For what reason is there a sound of an uproar in the city?”

42. And behold, while he was yet speaking, Jonathan, the son of Abiathar the priest came in. Then Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant man and you bring good tidings.”

43. Then Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, “Truly, our lord David the king has made Solomon to reign,

44.and the king sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, son of Jehoida, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they mounted him upon the king’s mule,

45.and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed him king in Gihon, and they have gone up from there rejoicing, and the city is in an uproar. This is the sound that you heard,

46.and moreover, Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom.

47.And also the king’s servants have come to salute our lord, David the King and to say, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name, and his throne greater than your throne!’ Then the King bowed himself upon the bed.

48.And thus, the King also said, ‘Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who, on this day has given someone to sit on my throne, and also my eyes seeing it.’”

49. And all who were called and who were for Adonijah were terrified, and stood up and departed, each one to his own way.

50. And Adonijah feared the presence of Solomon, so he arose and departed and took hold of the horns of the altar.

51. The it was reported to Solomon saying, “Behold, Adonijah fears Solomon the king, and lo, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar saying, ‘Let king Solomon swear to me this day he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’”

52. Then Solomon said, “If he becomes a worthy man, not a single hair of his head will fall to the ground, but if he is found doing evil then he will die!”

53. And Solomon the King sent, and they brought him down from the altar, and he came in and bowed himself to Solomon the King. Then Solomon said to him, “Go to your house!”

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1. When the time drew near for David to die, he commanded Solomon, his son saying,

2.“I am going in the way of all the earth, therefore, be strong and become a man,

3.and keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, His commandments, and His Judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may succeed in all that you do, and wherever you turn,

4.so that the Lord may carry out His word that He spoke to me saying, ‘If your sons keep their ways, to walk before me in truth with all their hearts, and with all their souls, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel, says He.’

5.Moreover, you also know what Joab, son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel, to Abner, son of Ner, and to Amasa, son of Jether, even slaying them, and caused the blood of war during the time of peace. And he put the blood of war on his belt that was around his loins and on his sandals that were on his feet.

6.Therefore, do according to your wisdom and do not let his grey hair go down to Sheol in peace,

7.but, deal kindly with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them eat among those at your table, thus, because they came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother.

8.Behold, also with you is Shimei, son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim who cursed me with a grievous curse on the day I departed to Mahanaim, and he came down to encounter me at the Jordan. But I swore to him by Jehovah saying, ‘I will not put you to death by the sword’.

9.And now, do not hold him innocent for you are a wise man, and you will know what you should do to him, but bring down his grey head with blood to Sheol!”

10. Then David slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David.

11. Now 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 his father David, and his kingdom was greatly established.

13. And Adonijah, son of Haggith went in to Bashsheba, mother of Solomon and she said, “Do you come peacefully?” Then he said, “Peacefully.”

14. Then he said, “I have something to say to you,” and she said, “Speak.”

15. Then he said, “You know that the kingdom should have been mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me to become king. But, the kingdom has become turned about, and has become my brother’s, for it came to him from the Lord,

16.and now, I am asking one request from you. Do not refuse me.” The she said to him, “Speak.”

17. Then he said, “If you will, speak to Solomon the King, for he will not refuse you, that he give to me Abishag the Shunammite for a wife.”

18. And Bathsheba said, “It is good. I will speak to the King for you.”

19. Then Bathsheba went in to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the King stood up to greet her, and bowed to her, then he sat down upon his throne, and a seat was placed for the King’s mother, and she sat at his right hand.

20. And she said, “I am asking one small request from you. Do not refuse me.” Then he said to her, “Ask me, my mother, for I will not refuse you.”

21. Then she said, “Give Abishag the Shunammite to your brother Adonijah for a wife.”

22. And King Solomon said to his mother, “For what reason are you asking for Abishag the Shunammite for Adinijah? Ask for him the kingdom also, for he is my elder brother, even for him, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab son of Zeruiah!”

23. Then King Solomon swore by Jehovah saying, “Thus God do so to me, thus even adding to it, for Adonijah has spoken this word against his own soul.

24.Now then, as Jehovah lives, who established me and set me on the throne of my father David, and who made for me a house, just as he spoke, surely Adonijah will be put to death this day!”

25. And King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he fell upon him and he died.

26. Then the King said to Abiathar the priest, “Go to your fields at Anathoth, for you are a man worthy of death, but I will not put you to death on this day because you carried the ark of the Lord Jehovah before David , my father, and because you were afflicted in all that my father was afflicted.”

27. So Solomon drove out Abiathar from being priest to the Lord, to fulfill the word that He spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

28. And the report came to Joab, for he had turned after Adonijah, although he had not turned after Absolom. Then Joab fled to the tent of the Lord and held firm to the horns of the altar.

29. And it was reported to King Solomon that Joab had fled to the tent of the Lord, and, “Behold, he is beside the altar.” Then Solomon sent Benaiah, son of Jehoiada saying, “Go fall on him!”

30. So Benaiah went in to the tent of the Lord and said to him, “Thus says the King, ‘Come out!’ and he said, “No, for I will die here.” There fore, Benaiah brought the king word saying, “Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me.”

31. Then the King said to him, “Do as he has said and fall on him, then bury him, that you may remove the blood from me, and the house of my father which Joab shed without cause.

32. And the Lord will return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more just and better than him: Abner, son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel, and Amasa, son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah, and slew them with the sword. And my father David knew nothing about it.

33.so, their blood will return on the head of Joab and upon his seed forever. But for David and for his seed, and for his house, and for his throne, there will be peace forever with the Lord.”

34. Then Benaiah, son of Jehoiada went up and fell on him, and he died, and he was buried in his house in the wilderness.

35. And the King put Benaiah, son of Jehoiada in his place over the army, and Zadok the priest, the King put in the place of Abiathar.

36. And the King sent and called for Shimei, and he said to him, “Buid a house for yourself in Jerusalem and remain there, and do not go out from there or anywhere!

37.For on the day that you go out and cross over the brook Kidron, know for sure that you will certainly die. Your blood will be on your own head!”

38. Then Shimei said to the king, “The saying is agreeable. Thus, your servant will do as my lord the King has spoken,” And Shimei dwelled in Jerusalem many days.

39. But, it came to pass, at the end of three years, two servants of Shimei fled to Achish, son of Maachah, king of Gath, and they told Shimei saying, “Behold, your servants are in Gath.”

40. Then Shimei rose up and bound his donkey and departed for Gath, to Achish in order to seek his servants. Then Shimei went and brought his servants from Gath.

41. And it was reported to Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, but he has returned.

42. And the King sent and called for Shimei. Then he said to him, “Did I not cause you to swear by Jehovah, and I bore witness against you saying, ‘On the day you go out, or go anywhere abroad, know for certain that you will certainly die!’ And you said, ‘The saying I have heard is agreeable.’

43.Therefore, for what reason have you not kept the oath of Jehovah, and the commandment that I commanded you?”

44. The King also said, “You are aware of all the evil that your heart has known which you have done to my father David, therefore, Jehovah will return your evil upon your own head!”

45. (But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will be established before Jehovah forever.)

46. Then the King gave charge to Benaiah, son of Jehioada, and he went forth and fell upon him and he died. And the kingdom was established by the hand of Solomon.

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