Chapter 2

And the days of David drew near that he should die: and he 1 addressed his son Solomon, saying, I go the way of all the earth : 2 but be thou strong and show thyself a man; and keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways to keep the commandments and the ordinances and the judgments which are written in the law of Moses; that thou mayest.understand what thou shalt do in all things that I command thee: 4 that the Lord may confirm his word which he spoke, saying, If thy children shall take heed to their way to walk before me in truth with all their heart, I promise thee saying, there shall not:2 fail thee a man, on the throne of Israel. 5 Moreover thou knowest all that Joab the son of Saruia did to me, what he did to the two captains of the forces of Israel, to Abenner the son of Ner and to Amessai the son of Jether, that he slew them and 3 shed the blood of war in peace, and put innocent blood on his girdle that was about his loins, and on his sandal that was on his foot. 6 Therefore thou shalt deal with him according to thy wisdom, and thou shalt not bring down his grey hairs in peace to 4 the grave. 7 But thou shalt dear kindly with the sons of Berzelli the Galaadite, and they shall be among those that eat at thy table; for thus they drew nigh to me when I fled from the face of thy brother Abessalom. 8 And behold, there is with thee Semei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Baurim : and he cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went into the 5 camp; and he came down to Jordan to meet me, and I swore to hirn by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. 9 But thou shalt by no means hold him guiltless, for thou art a wise man, and wilt know what thou shalt do to him, and shalt bring down his grey hairs with blood to the grave.

10 And David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. 11 And the days which David reigned.over Israel were . forty years he reigned seven years in Chebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

12And Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his kingdom was 6 established greatly. 13 And Adonias the son of Aggith came in to Bersabee the mother of Solomon, and did obeisance to her: and she said, 7Dost thou enter peaceably? and he said, Peaceably: 14 I have business with thee. And she said to him, Say on. 15 And he said to her, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel turned their face toward me for a king but the kingdom was turned from me and became my brother's : for it was appointed to him from the Lord. 16And now I make one request of thee, do not turn away thy face. And Ber-

β Gr. answered. γ Gr. be destroyed to thee. δ Gr. ordered. ζ Gr. Hades. θ Gr. camps. λ Gr. prepared μ Gr. Is thine entrance Peace ?


III. KINGS II. 17-31.

sabee said to him, Speak on. 17 And he said to her, Speak, I pray thee to king Solomon, for he will not turn away his face from thee, and let him give me Abisag the Somanite for a wife. 18 And Bersabee said, Well; I will speak for thee to the king.

19 And Bersabee went in to king Solomon to ask to him concerning Adonias; and the king rose up to meet her, and kissed her, and sat on the throne, and a throne was set for the mother of the king, and she sat on his right hand. 20 And she said to him, I ask of thee one little request; turn not away my face from thee. And the king said to her, Ask, my mother, and I will not reject thee. 21And she said, Let, I pray thee, Abisag the Somanite be given to Adonias thy brother to wife. 22 And king Solomon answered and said to his mother, And why hast thou asked Abisag for Adonias? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is my elder brother, and he has for his companion Abiathar the priest, and Joab the son of Saruia the commander-in-chief. 23 And king Solomon swore by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and 8more also, if it be not that Adonias has spoken this word against his own life. 24 And now as the. Lord lives who has established me, and set me on the throne of my father David, and he has made me a house, as the Lord spoke, this day shall Adonias be put to death. 25 So king Solomon sent by the hand of Banæas the son of Jodae, and he slew him, and Adonias died in that day.

26 And the king said to Abiathar the priest, Depart thou quickly to Anathoth to thy farm, for thou art γ worthy of death this day; but I will not slay thee, because thou has borne the ark of the covenant of the Lord before my father and because thou wast afflicted in all things wherein my father was afflicted. 27Solomon removed Abiathar from being a priest of the Lord, that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled which he spoke δ concerning the house ot Heli in Selom.

23 And the report came to Joab son of Saruia ; for Joab had turned after Adonias, and he went not after Solomon: and Joab fled to the tabernacle of the Lord, and caught hold of the horns of the altar. 29 And it was told Solomon, saying, Joab has fled to the tabernacle of the Lord and lo! he has hold of the horns of the altar. And king Solomon sent to Joab, saying, ζ What ails thee, that thou hast fled to the altar ? and Joab said, Because I was afraid of thee, and fled for refuge to the Lord. And Solomon sent Banæas son of Jodae; saying, Go and slay him, and bury him.

30 And Banæas son of Jodae came to Joab to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said to him, Thus says the king, Come forth. And Joab said, I θ will not come forth, for I will die here. And Banæas son of Jodae returned and spoke to the king, saying, Thus has Joab spoken, and thus has he answered me. 31 And the king said to him, Go, and

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