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Book 11 1 Kings 001:001 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he got no heat. 001:002 Therefore his servants said to him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and cherish him; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may keep warm. 001:003 So they sought for a beautiful young lady throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 001:004 The young lady was very beautiful; and she cherished the king, and ministered to him; but the king didn't know her intimately. 001:005 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 001:006 His father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why have you done so? and he was also a very goodly man; and he was born after Absalom. 001:007 He conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him. 001:008 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. 001:009 Adonijah killed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En Rogel; and he called all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah, the king's servants: 001:010 but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he didn't call. 001:011 Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Haven't you heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith reigns, and David our lord doesn't know it? 001:012 Now therefore come, please let me give you counsel, that you may save your own life, and the life of your son Solomon. 001:013 Go and get you in to king David, and tell him, Didn't you, my lord, king, swear to your handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne? why then does Adonijah reign? 001:014 Behold, while you yet talk there with the king, I also will come in after you, and confirm your words. 001:015 Bathsheba went in to the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king. 001:016 Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance to the king. The king said, What would you? 001:017 She said to him, My lord, you swore by Yahweh your God to your handmaid, [saying], Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne. 001:018 Now, behold, Adonijah reigns; and you, my lord the king, don't know it: 001:019 and he has slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the army; but he hasn't called Solomon your servant. 001:020 You, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, that you should tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 001:021 Otherwise it will happen, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders. 001:022 Behold, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet came in. 001:023 They told the king, saying, Behold, Nathan the prophet. When he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. 001:024 Nathan said, My lord, king, have you said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne? 001:025 For he is gone down this day, and has slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has called all the king's sons, and the captains of the army, and Abiathar the priest; and behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and say, [Long] live king Adonijah... Continue reading book >>


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