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  • 1 Kings 1 5-1 Kings 1 18
    Adonijah was the son of David and his wife Haggith. He came forward and announced,“ I’m going to be the next king.” So he got chariots and horses ready. He also got 50 men to run in front of him.His father had never tried to stop him from doing what he wanted to. His father had never asked him,“ Why are you acting the way you do?” Adonijah was also very handsome. Now that Absalom was dead, Adonijah was David’s oldest son.Adonijah talked things over with Joab, the son of Zeruiah. He also talked with Abiathar the priest. They agreed to help him.But Zadok the priest and Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, didn’t join Adonijah. Nathan the prophet didn’t join him. Shimei and Rei didn’t join him. And neither did David’s special guard.Adonijah sacrificed sheep, cattle and fat calves. He sacrificed them at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the royal officials of Judah.But he didn’t invite Benaiah or Nathan the prophet. He didn’t invite the special guard or his brother Solomon either.Nathan asked Solomon’s mother Bathsheba,“ Haven’t you heard? Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has made himself king. And King David doesn’t know anything about it.So let me tell you what to do to save your life. It will also save the life of your son Solomon.Go in and see King David. Say to him,‘ You are my king and master. You promised me,“ You can be sure that your son Solomon will be king after me. He will sit on my throne.” If that’s really true, why has Adonijah become king?’While you are still talking to the king, I’ll come in and support what you have said.”So Bathsheba went to see the old king in his room. Abishag, the Shunammite, was taking care of him there.Bathsheba bowed low in front of the king.“ What do you want?” the king asked.She said to him,“ My master, you made a promise in the name of the Lord your God. You promised me,‘ Your son Solomon will be king after me. He will sit on my throne.’But now Adonijah has made himself king. And you don’t even know about it.
  • 1 Kings 2 13-1 Kings 2 25
    Adonijah was the son of David’s wife Haggith. He went to Bathsheba. She was Solomon’s mother. She asked Adonijah,“ Have you come in peace?” He answered,“ Yes. I’ve come in peace.”He continued,“ I want to ask you something.”“ Go ahead,” she replied.He said,“ As you know, the kingdom belonged to me. The whole nation of Israel thought of me as their king. But now things have changed. The kingdom belongs to my brother. The Lord has given it to him.But I have a favor to ask of you. Don’t say no to me.”“ Go ahead,” she said.So he continued,“ Please ask King Solomon for a favor. He won’t say no to you. Ask him to give me Abishag from Shunem to be my wife.”“ All right,” Bathsheba replied.“ I’ll speak to the king for you.”So Bathsheba went to King Solomon. She went to him to speak for Adonijah. The king stood up to greet her. He bowed down to her. Then he sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for his mother. She sat down at his right side.“ I have one small favor to ask of you,” she said.“ Don’t say no to me.” The king replied,“ Mother, go ahead and ask. I won’t say no to you.”She said,“ Let your brother Adonijah marry Abishag, the Shunammite.”King Solomon answered his mother,“ Why are you asking me to give Abishag, the Shunammite, to Adonijah? You might as well ask me to give him the whole kingdom! After all, he’s my older brother. And he doesn’t want the kingdom only for himself. He also wants it for Abiathar the priest and for Joab, the son of Zeruiah.”Then King Solomon made a promise in the name of the Lord. He said,“ Adonijah will pay with his life because of what he has asked for. If he doesn’t, may God punish me greatly.The Lord has made my position as king secure. I’m sitting on the throne of my father David. The Lord has built a royal house for me, just as he promised. You can be sure that the Lord lives. And you can be just as sure that Adonijah will be put to death today.”So King Solomon gave the order to Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah struck down Adonijah, and he died.