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  • 1 Kings 1 5-1 Kings 1 18
    Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying,“ I will be king.” So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, with fifty men to run before him.And his father had never rebuked him at any time by asking,“ Why have you done so?” And he was also a very handsome man, and he was born after Absalom.Now he had conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest; and they allied themselves with Adonijah.But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fattened steers by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or his brother Solomon.Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying,“ Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it?So now come, please let me give you advice, and save your life and the life of your son Solomon.Go at once to King David and say to him,‘ Have you not, my lord the king, sworn to your servant, saying,“ Solomon your son certainly shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’Behold, while you are still there speaking with the king, I will come in after you and confirm your words.”So Bathsheba entered to the king in the bedroom. Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.Then Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself before the king. And the king said,“ What is on your mind?”So she said to him,“ My lord, you yourself swore to your servant by the Lord your God, saying,‘ Your son Solomon certainly shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’But now, behold, Adonijah is king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know it.
  • 1 Kings 2 13-1 Kings 2 25
    Now Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. So she said,“ Do you come peacefully?” And he said,“ Peacefully.”Then he said,“ I have something to say to you.” And she said,“ Speak.”So he said,“ You yourself know that the kingdom was mine and that all Israel intended for me to be king; however, the kingdom has turned around and become my brother’s, for it was his from the Lord.So now I am making one request of you; do not refuse me.” And she said to him,“ Speak.”Then he said,“ Please speak to Solomon the king— for he will not refuse you— that he may give me Abishag the Shunammite as a wife.”And Bathsheba said,“ Very well; I will speak to the king for you.”So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king stood to meet her, bowed to her, and sat on his throne; then he had a throne set up for the king’s mother, and she sat on his right.Then she said,“ I am making one small request of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her,“ Ask, my mother, for I will not refuse you.”So she said,“ Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as a wife.”But King Solomon answered and said to his mother,“ And why are you requesting Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Request for him the kingdom as well— since he is my older brother— for him, for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah!”Then King Solomon swore by the Lord, saying,“ May God do so to me and more so, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life!Now then, as the Lord lives, who has established me and set me on the throne of David my father, and has made me a house just as He promised, Adonijah certainly shall be put to death today!”Then King Solomon sent the order by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he struck him so that he died.