1 Kings 2
David's last words: Murder Joab and Shimei
2:1 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon
his son, saying,
I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself
And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his
statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as
it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou
doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying,
If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all
their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a
man on the throne of Israel.
As David prepared to die, he charged Solomon, saying:
Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and
what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son
of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood
of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his
loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.
You know what Joab did to me. How he put the blood of war on his girdle and in his shoes.
Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the
grave in peace.
But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them
be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled
because of Absalom thy brother.
Do to him according to your wisdom. (Kill him.)
And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of
Bahurim, which 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 sware to him by the
LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
And Shimei, who cursed me when I ran away from Jerusalem.
I swore to God that I wouldn't kill him. 
Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest
what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with
You are a wise man. You know what you should do to him. (Kill him.)
Solomon kills his brother, Adonijah
So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
And with that, David died.
And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years
reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.
Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was
After David died, Solomon sat on his father's throne.
And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon.
And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said,
He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on.
One day, Adonijah came to visit Solomon's mother, Bathsheba.
And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel
set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned
about, and is become my brother's: for it was his from the LORD.
And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him,
And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not
say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife.
Adonijah said to her,
As you know, the kingdom was mine, and all of Israel wanted me to be king.
But God has given it to my brother, Solomon.
Now I have only one thing to ask of you.
Ask Solomon to give me Abishag for my wife.
And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king.
Bathsheba said she would ask Solomon for him.
Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for
Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and
sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother;
and she sat on his right hand.
So she went to talk to her son about Adonijah's request.
She said to him, "I have one small request. Please, don't say no."
Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me
not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say
Solomon replied, "Go ahead and ask. I won't say no."
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother
She said, "Give Abishag to Adonijah for a wife."
And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask
Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is
mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab
the son of Zeruiah.
Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more
also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life.
Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me
on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he
promised, Adonijah shall
be put to death this day.
You might as well ask me to give him my kingdom. After all, he is my older brother.
I swear to God, I will kill Adonijah today, and if I don't, let God kill me.
And king Solomon sent
by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he
So Solomon sent Benaiah to kill his half-brother, Adonijah.
Solomon kills Joab and Shimei
And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto
thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time
put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the LORD God before David
my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was
So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he
might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of
Eli in Shiloh.
Solomon went a little easier on Adonijah's co-conspirator, Abiathar the priest.
He just revoked his priesthood and told him to get the heck out of Jerusalem.
Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he
turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and
caught hold on the horns of the altar.
When Joab heard that Solomon had Adonijah killed, he fled to the tabernacle and held on to the horns of the altar.
And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the
LORD; and, behold, he
is by the altar. Then Solomon
sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
Solomon sent Benaiah to kill him.
And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus
saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And
Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he
Benaiah went to the tabernacle and said to Joab, "Come out."
Joab said, "No thanks. I'll die here."
So Benaiah went back to Solomon and said, "He won't come out."
And the king said unto
him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest
take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house
of my father.
Okay then, he wants to die on the altar. Kill him there.
And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two
men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my
father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of
the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of
God will return his blood on his own head, and on the head of his descendants forever.
Their blood shall
therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David,
and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for
ever from the LORD.
But on David and his descendants will have peace forever from the Lord.
So Benaiah the son
of Jehoiada went up, and fell
upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
So Benaiah went back to the tabernacle and killed Joab as he clung to the horns of the altar. [2
And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host:
and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
After Benaiah murdered Joab, Solomon made him his captain, and Zadok replaced Abiathar as priest.
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an
house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.
Then Solomon sent for Shimei, and said to him,
Build a house in Jerusalem and never leave it.
For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the
brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy
blood shall be upon thine own head.
Because the day you come out of your house and pass over the brook Kidron, you will be killed. Your blood will
be upon your own head.
And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king
hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
Shimei said, "Okay. Sounds good to me."
And he dwelt in Jerusalem for many days.
And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of
Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told
Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
But after three years, two of Shimei's servants ran away to Gath.
And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek
his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath.
So Shimei got on his donkey and went to Gath to retrieve them.
And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and
was come again.
And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make
thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a
certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that
thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard
Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the commandment that
I have charged thee with?
When Solomon heard that Shimei went to Gath, he sent for him.
He said to him,
Didn't I tell you to stay in your house or die?
The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which
thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the LORD
shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head;
Now God is going to kill you.
And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be
established before the LORD for ever.
And I will be blessed forever.
So the king commanded
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he
died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
And Solomon commanded Benaiah to kill Shimei. [3