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1 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 Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, 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 Bathsheba 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 Bathsheba went in unto the king
into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite
ministered unto the king.
16 And Bathsheba 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, Assuredly
Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and
now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:
19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle
and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar
the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he
20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of
all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on
the throne of my lord the king after him.
21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when
my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall
be counted offenders.
22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the
king, Nathan the prophet also came in.
23 And they told the king, saying, Behold
Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself
before the king with his face to the ground.
24 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast
thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
25 For he is gone down this day, and hath
slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s
sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they
eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.
26 But me, even me thy servant, and
Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath
he not called.
27 Is this thing done by my lord the king,
and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the
throne of my lord the king after him?
28 Then king David answered and said, Call
me Bathsheba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the
29 And the king sware, and said, As
the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,
30 Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD
God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he
shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.
31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her
face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king
David live for ever.
32 And king David said, Call
me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.
And they came before the king.
33 The king also said unto them, Take with
you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own
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 ye with the trumpet, and
say, God save king Solomon.
35 Then ye shall come up after him, that
he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have
appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.
36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada
answered the king, and said, 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 caused him to ride upon the king’s
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
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 seeing it.
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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