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CHAP. II.

mite of Baburim, which cursed me

with a grievous curse in the day NOW the days of David drew when I went to Mahanaim : but he nigh that he should die ; and he came down to meet me at Jordan, charged Solomon his son, saying, and I sware to him by the LORD,

2 I go the way of all the earth : saying, I will not put thee to death be thou strong therefore, and shew with the sword. thyself a man;

9 Now therefore hold him not 3 And keep the charge of the guiltless : for thou art a wise man, LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and knowest what thou oughtest to to keep his statutes, and his com do unto him ; but his hoar head mandments, and his judgments, and bring thou down to the grave with his testimonies, as it is written in blood. the law of Moses, that thou may 10 So David slept with his faest prosper in all that thou doest, thers, and was buried in the city of and whithersoever thou turnest thy David. self:

11 And the days that David 4 That the Lord may continue reigned over Israel were forty years: his word which he spake concerning seven years reigned he in Hebron, me, saying, If thy children take and thirty and three years reigned heed to their way, to walk before he in Jerusalem. me in truth with all their heart and 12 Then sat Solomon upon the with all their soul, there shall not throne of David his father; and his fail thee (said he) a man on the kingdom was established greatly. throne of Israel.

13 And Adonijah the son of Hag5 Moreover thou knowest also gith came to Bath-sheba the mowhat Joab the son of Zeruiah did ther of Solomon. And she said, to me, and what he did to the two Comest thou peaceably? And he captains of the hosts of Israel, unto said, Peaceably. Abner the son of Ner, and unto 14 He said moreover, I have Amasa the son of Jether, whom he somewhat to say unto thee. And slew, and shed the blood of war in she said, Say on. peace, and put the blood of war up . 15 And he said, Thou knowest on his girdle that was about his loins, that the kingdom was mine, and and in his shoes that were on his that all Israel set their faces on me, feet.

that I should reign : how beit the 6 Do therefore according to thy kingdom is turned about, and is bewisdom, and let not his hoar head come my brother's: for it was his go down to the grave in peace. from the LORD.

7 But shew kindness unto the 16 And now I ask one petition sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and of thee, deny me not. And she let them be of those that eat at thy said unto him, Say on. table: for so they came to me when 17 And he said, Speak, I pray I fled because of Absalom thy bro thee, unto Solomon the king, (for ther.

he will not say thee nay,) that he 8 And, behold, thou hast with thee give me Abishag the Shunammite Shimei the son of Gera, a Benja. I to wife.

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• 18 And Bath-sheba said, Well; | God before David my father, and I will speak for thee unto the king. because thou bast been afflicted in

19 Bath-sheba therefore went un all wherein my father was afflicted. to king Solomon, to speak unto • 27 So Solomon thrust out Abihim for Adonijah. And the king athar from being priest unto the rose up to meet her, and bowed LORD; that he might fulfil the word himself unto her, and sat down on of the Lord, which he spake conhis throne, and caused a seat to be cerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. set for the king's mother; and she 28 Then tidings came to Joab : sat on his right hand.

for Joab had turned after Adonijah, 20 Then she said, I desire one though he turned not after Absalom. small petition of thee; I pray thee, And Joab fed unto the tabernacle say me not nay. And the king said of the LORD, and caught hold on unto her, Ask on, my mother : for I the horns of the altar. will not say thee nay.

29 And it was told king Solomon 21 And she said, Let Abishag the that Joab was fled unto the taberShunammite be given to Adonijah nacle of the Lord; and, behold, thy brother to wife.

he is by the altar. Then Solomon 22 And king Solomon answered sent "Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and said unto his mother, And why saying, Go, fall upon him. dost thou ask Abishag the Shunam 30 And Benaiah came to the mite for Adonijah? ask for him the tabernacle of the Lord, and said kingdom also; for he is mine elder unto him, Thus saith the king, brother; even for him, and for Abi Come forth. And he said, Nay; athar the priest, and for Joab the son but I will die here. And Benaiah of Zeruiah.

brought the king word again, say23 Then king Solomon sware by ing, Thus said Joab, and thus he the LORD, saying, God do so to answered me. me, and more also, if Adonijah 31 And the king said unto him, have not spoken this word against Do as he hath said, and fall upon his own life.

him, and bury him ; that thou may24 Now therefore, as the LORD est take away the innocent blood, liveth, which hath established me, which Joab shed, from me, and from and set me on the throne of David the house of my father. my father, and who hath made me 32 And the LORD shall return his an house, as he promised, Adonijah blood upon his own head, who fell shall be put to death this day. upon two men more righteous and

25 And king Solomon sent by better than he, and slew them with the hand of Benaiah the son of the sword, my father David not Jehoiada; and he fell upon him knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the that he died.

son of Ner, captain of the host of 26 And unto Abiathar the priest Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, captain of the host of Judah. unto thine own fields; for thou art 33 Their blood shall therefore worthy of death : but I will not at return upon the head of Joab, and this time put thee to death, because upon the head of his seed for ever : thou barest the ark of the Lord but upon David, and upon his seed,

and upon his house, and upon his saying, Know for a certain, on the throne, shall there be peace for ever day thou goest out, and walkest from the LORD.

abroad any whither, that thou shalt 34 So Benaiah the son of Je surely die? and thou saidst unto hoiada went up, and fell upon him, me, The word that I have heard is and slew him : and he was buried good. in his own house in the wilderness. 43 Why then hast thou not kept

35 And the king put Benaiah the the oath of the LORD, and the comson of Jehoiada in his room over mandment that I have charged thee the host : and Zadok the priest did with? the king put in the room of Abi 44 The king said moreover to athar.

Shimei, Thou knowest all the wick36 And the king sent and called edness which thine heart is privy to, for Shimei, and said unto him, Build that thou didst to David my father: thee an house in Jerusalem, and therefore the LORD shall return thy dwell there, and go not forth thence wickedness upon thine own head; any whither.

45 And king Solomon shall be 37 For it shall be, that on the day blessed, and the throne of David thou goest out, and passest over the shall be established before the LORD brook Kidron, thou shalt know for for ever. certain that thou shalt surely die : 46 So the king commanded Bethy blood shall be upon thine own naiah the son of Jehoiada ; which head.

went out, and fell upon him, that 38 And Shimei said unto the king, he died. And the kingdom was The saying is good : as my lord the established in the hand of Solomon. king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem

CHAP. III. many days.

39 And it came to pass at the I AND Solomon made affinity with end of three years, that two of the Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took servants of Shimei ran away unto Pharaoh's daughter, and brought Achish son of Maachah king of her into the city of David, until he Gath. And they told Shimei, say had made an end of building his ing, Behold, thy servants be in own house, and the house of the Gath.

Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem 40 And Shimei arose, and saddled round about. his ass, and went to Gath to Achish 2 Only the people sacrificed in to seek his servants : and Shimei high places, because there was no went, and brought his servants from house built unto the name of the Gath.

Lord, until those days. 41 And it was told Solomon that 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, Shimei had gone from Jerusalemn to walking in the statutes of David his Gath, and was come again. .

father : only he sacrificed and burnt 42 And the king sent and called incense in high places. for Shimei, and said unto him, Did 4 And the king went to Gibeon I not make thee to swear by the to sacrifice there ; for that was the LORD, and protested unto thee, ll great high place; a thousand burnt

offerings did Solomon offer upon 13 And I have also given thee that altar.

that which thou hast not asked, 5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared both riches, and honour: so that to Solomon in a dream by night : there shall not be any among the and God said, Ask what I shall give kings like unto thee all thy days. thee.

14 And if thou wilt walk in my 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast ways, to keep my statutes and my shewed unto thy servant David my commandments, as thy father Dafather great mercy, according as he vid did walk, then I will lengthen walked before thee in truth, and in thy days. righteousness, and in uprightness of 15 And Solomon awoke ; and, heart with thee; and thou hast kept behold, it was a dream. And he for him this great kindness, that came to Jerusalem, and stood bethou hast given him a son to sit on fore the ark of the covenant of the his throne, as it is this day.

LORD, and offered up burnt offer7 And now, O LORD my God, ings, and offered peace offerings, thou hast made thy servant king and made a feast to all his servants. instead of David my father : and I 16 Then came there two women, am but a little child: I know not that were harlots, unto the king, and how to go out or come in.

stood before him. 8 And thy servant is in the 17 And the one woman said, O midst of thy people which thou my lord, I and this woman dwell in hast chosen, a great people, that one house; and I was delivered of cannot be numbered nor counted a child with her in the house. for multitude.

18 And it came to pass the third 9 Give therefore thy servant an day after that I was delivered, that understanding heart to judge thy this woman was delivered also : and people, that I may discern between we were together, there was no good and bad : for who is able to stranger with us in the house, save - judge this thy so great a people ? we two in the house.

10 And the speech pleased the 19 And this woman's child died LORD, that Solomon had asked this in the night; because she overlaid thing.

it. 11 And God said unto him, Be 20 And she arose at midnight, cause thou hast asked this thing, and took my son from beside me, and hast not asked for thyself long while thine handmaid slept, and laid life; neither hast asked riches for it in her bosom, and laid her dead thyself, nor hast asked the life of child in my bosom. thine enemies; but hast asked for 21 And when I rose in the mornthyself understanding to discern ing to give my child suck, behold, judgment;

it was dead : but when I had con12 Behold, I have done accord sidered it in the morning, behold, ing to thy words : lo, I have given it was not my son, which I did thee a wise and an understanding bear. heart; so that there was none like 22 And the other woman said, thee before thee, neither after thee Nay; but the living is my son, and shall any arise like unto thee. W the dead is thy son. And this said,

No; but the dead is thy son, and l bud the son of Nathan was princithe living is my son. Thus they pal officer, and the king's friend : spake before the king.

6 And Ahishar was over the 23 Then said the king, The one houshold : and Adoniram the son saith, This is my son that liveth, of Abda was over the tribute. and thy son is the dead : and the 7 And Solomon had twelve ofother saith, Nay; but thy son is the ficers over all Israel, which prodead, and my son is the living. vided victuals for the king and his · 24 And the king said, Bring me houshold : each man his month in a sword. And they brought a sword a year made provision. before the king.

8 And these are their names : The 25 And the king said, Divide the son of Hur, in mount Ephraim : living child in two, and give half to 9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, the one, and half to the other. and in Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, • 26 Then spake the woman whose and Elonbeth-hanan : the living child was unto the king, 10 The son of Hesed, in Arufor her bowels yerned upon her both ; to him pertained Sochoh, and son, and she said, O my lord, give all the land of Hepher: her the living child, and in no wise 11 The son of Abinadab, in all the slay it. But the other said, Let it region of Dor; which had Taphath be neither mine nor thine, but di the daughter of Solomon to wife: vide it.

12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him 27 Then the king answered and pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and said, Give her the living child, and all Beth-shean, which is by Zartanah in no wise slay it: she is the mother beneath Jezreel, from Beth-shean to thereof.

Abel-meholah, even unto the place 28 And all Israel heard of the that is beyond Jokneam : judgment which the king had judg 13 The son of Geber, in Ramothed ; and they feared the king : for gilead ; to him pertained the towns they saw that the wisdom of God of Jair the son of Manasseh, which was in him, to do judgment.

are in Gilead; to him also pertained

the region of Argob, which is in CHAP. IV.

Bashan, threescore great cities with

walls and brasen bars : So king Solomon was king over 14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had all Israel.

Mahanaim : 2 And these were the princes 15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali ; he which he had ; Azariah the son of also took Basmath the daughter of Zadok the priest,

Solomon to wife: 3 Elihoreph and Abiah, the sons 16 Baanah the son of Hushai was of Shisha, scribes ; Jehoshaphat the in Asher and in Aloth: son of Ahilud, the recorder.

17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paru4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoi ah, in Issachar: ada was over the host: and Zadok 18 Shimei the son of Elah, in and Abiathar were the priests : Benjamin:

5 And Azariah the son of Na 19 Geber the son of Uri was in than was over the officers : and Za- ll the country of Gilead, in the coun

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