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  • 1 Kings 1 5-1 Kings 1 18
    Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying,“ I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.( And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying,“ Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.)Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed and helped 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.And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also 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 Solomon his brother.So 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?Come, please, let me now give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon.Go immediately to King David and say to him,‘ Did you not, my Lord, O king, swear to your maidservant, saying,“ Assuredly your son Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’Then, while you are still talking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.”So Bathsheba went into the chamber to the king.( Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.)And Bathsheba bowed and did homage to the king. Then the king said,“ What is your wish?”Then she said to him,“ My Lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying,‘ Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’So now, look! Adonijah has become king; and now, my Lord the king, you do not know about 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 peaceably?” And he said,“ Peaceably.”Moreover he said,“ I have something to say to you.” And she said,“ Say it.”Then he said,“ You know that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel had set their expectations on me, that I should reign. However, the kingdom has been turned over, and has become my brother’s; for it was his from the Lord.Now I ask one petition of you; do not deny me.” And she said to him,“ Say it.”Then he said,“ Please speak to King Solomon, for he will not refuse you, that he may give me Abishag the Shunammite as wife.”So Bathsheba said,“ Very well, I will speak for you to the king.”Bathsheba therefore went to King Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her and bowed down to her, and sat down on his throne and had a throne set for the king’s mother; so she sat at his right hand.Then she said,“ I desire one small petition of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her,“ Ask it, my mother, for I will not refuse you.”So she said,“ Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as wife.”And King Solomon answered and said to his mother,“ Now why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also— for he is my older brother— for him, and 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 also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life!Now therefore, as the Lord lives, who has confirmed me and set me on the throne of David my father, and who has established a house for me, as He promised, Adonijah shall be put to death today!”So King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he struck him down, and he died.