|1st Kings 1|
King James Bible
And keep1 the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk2 in his ways, to keep2 his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written7 in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper55 in all that thou doest,4 and whithersoever thou turnest4 thyself:
That the LORD may continue55 his word which he spake14 concerning me, saying,2 If thy children take heed4 to their way, to walk2 before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail11 thee (said2 he) a man on the throne of Israel.
Moreover thou knowest1 also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did1 to me, [and] what he did1 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,4 and shed4 the blood of war in peace, and put4 the blood of war upon his girdle that [was] about his loins, and in his shoes that [were] on his feet.
And, behold, [thou hast] with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed14 me with a grievous12 curse in the day when I went2 to Mahanaim: but he came down1 to meet2 me at Jordan, and I sware11 to him by the LORD, saying,2 I will not put thee to death55 with the sword.
And he said,4 Thou knowest1 that the kingdom was mine, and [that] all Israel set1 their faces on me, that I should reign:2 howbeit the kingdom is turned about,11 and is become my brother's: for it was his from the LORD.
Bathsheba therefore went4 unto king Solomon, to speak15 unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up4 to meet2 her, and bowed101 himself unto her, and sat down4 on his throne, and caused a seat to be set4 for the king's mother; and she sat4 on his right hand.
And king Solomon answered4 and said4 unto his mother, And why dost thou ask6 Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask3 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.
Now therefore, [as] the LORD liveth, which hath established52 me, and set55 me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made1 me an house, as he promised,14 Adonijah shall be put to death93 this day.
And unto Abiathar the priest said1 the king, Get3 thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou [art] worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death,55 because thou barest1 the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted98 in all wherein my father was afflicted.98
And Benaiah came4 to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said4 unto him, Thus saith1 the king, Come forth.3 And he said,4 Nay; but I will die4 here. And Benaiah brought the king word again,55 saying,2 Thus said14 Joab, and thus he answered1 me.
And the LORD shall return52 his blood upon his own head, who fell upon1 two men more righteous and better than he, and slew4 them with the sword, my father David not knowing1 [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 Judah.
Their blood shall therefore return1 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.
And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away4 unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told55 Shimei, saying,2 Behold, thy servants [be] in Gath.
And the king sent4 and called4 for Shimei, and said4 unto him, Did I not make thee to swear52 by the LORD, and protested55 unto thee, saying,2 Know4 for a certain,2 on the day thou goest out,2 and walkest1 abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely2 die?4 and thou saidst4 unto me, The word [that] I have heard1 [is] good.
The king said4 moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest1 all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to,1 that thou didst1 to David my father: therefore the LORD shall return52 thy wickedness upon thine own head;