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2 king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, 'Go now

through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, and number ye 3 the people, that I may know the number of the people. And Joab said unto

the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they

be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it : but why 4 doth my lord the king delight in this thing? Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host.

And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the 5 king, to number the people of Israel. And they passed over Jordan, and pitched

in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the 2 river of 6 Gad, and toward Jazer: then they came to Gilead, and to the s land of Tahtim. 7 hodshi; and they came to Dan-jaan, and about to Zidon, and came to the

strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites : 8 and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beer-sheba. So when they

had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine 9 months and twenty days. And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the

people unto the king : and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant

men that drew the sword ; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men. 10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And

David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done : and now,

I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have 11 done very foolishly. For when David was up in the morning, the word of the 12 Lord came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, Go and say unto

David, Tbus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, 13 that I may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and told him, and said

unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land ? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that

there be three days' pestilence in thy land ? now advise, and see what answer I 14 shall return to him that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am in a great

strait : let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are 4 great :

and let me not fall into the hand of man. 15

So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba 16 seventy thousand men. And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Je

rusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel

that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel 17 of the Lord was by the threshingplace of 5 Araunah the Jebusite. And David

spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they

done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house. 18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar 19 unto the Lord in the threshingfloor of 6 Araunah the Jebusite. And David, 20 according to the saying of Gad, went up as the Lord commanded. And

Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and

Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the 21 ground. And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his

servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar 22 unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people. And Araunah

said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good

unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments 23 and other instruments of the oxen for wood.

All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The Lord thy 24 God accept thee. And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely

buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my

God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor 25 and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. And David built there an altar unto

the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. 1 Or, Compass. 3 Or, nether land newly inhabited. 5 i Chron xxi. 15, Ornan : see ver. 18. 2 Or, valley. 4 Or, many.

6 Heb. Araniah. 06






1 NOW king David

was old and stricken in years ; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, 2 Let 2 there be sought for my lord the king S a young virgin: and let her stand before

the king, and let her 4 cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord 3 the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the

coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the 4 king. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him : but the king knew her not.

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and tifty men to run before hiin. 6 And his father had not displeased him 6 at any time in saying, Why hast thou

done so ? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after 7 Absalom. And 7 he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar 8 the priest: and they 8 following Adonijah helped him. But Zadok the priest,

and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and

Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. 9 And A donijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth,

which is by En-rogel, and called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the 10 men of Judah the king's servants : but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and

the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.

Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying,

Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David 12 our lord knoweth it not? Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee

counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. 13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my

lord, o king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son

shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah 14 reign? Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in

after thee, and 10 confirm thy words. 15 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber : and the king was 16 very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. And Bath

sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, " What 17 wouldest thou ? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD

thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign 18 after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold, Adonijah 19 reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not : and he hath slain

oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the

king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host : but Solomon 20 thy servant hath he not called. And thou, my lord, o king, the eyes of all

Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne 21 of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord

the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted 12 offenders.

1 Heb. entered into days.
5 Heb. reign.

9 Or, the well Rogel. 2 Heb. Let them seck. 6 Heb. from his days.

10 Heb.fill up. 3 Heb. a damsel, a virgin. 7 Heb. his words were with Joab. 11 Heb. What to thee? 4 Heb. be a cherisher unto him. 8 Heb. helped after Adonijah. 12 Heb. sinners.

22 Ard, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came 23 in.

And they told the king, saying. Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face 24 to the ground. And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah 25 shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? For he is gone down this

day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest ; and,

behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, 'God save king Adonijah. 26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of 27 Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. Is this thing done by

my lord the king, and thou hast not showed it unto thy servant, who should sit

on the throne of my lord the king after him? e8 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came 29 into the king's presence, and stood before the king. And the king sware, and 30 said, As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, even

as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon

thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; 31 even so will I certainly do this day. Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to

the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live

for ever. 82 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, 33 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. The king

also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause So

lomon my son to ride upon s mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon : 34 and let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over 35 Israel : and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. Then

ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he

shall be king in my stead : and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and 36 over Judah. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, 87 Amen: the Lord God of my lord the king say so too.

As the Lord hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David.

So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused 30 Solomon to ride upon king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon. And

Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed

Solomon. And they blew the trumpet ; and all the people said, God save 40 king Solomon. And all the people came up after him, and the people piped

with + pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.

And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, 42 Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar? And while he yet spake,

behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto 43 him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings. And

Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath 44 made Solomon king. And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and

Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites,

and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's mule : 45 and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in

Gihon : and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. 46 This is the noise that ye have heard. And also Solomon sitteth on the throne 47 of the kingdom. And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king

David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and

make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon 48 the bed. And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel,

which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it. 49 And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and 50 went every man his way. And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, 51 and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. And it was told Solomon,

saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon : for, lo, he hath caught hold 1 Heb. Let king Adonijah live.

3 Heb. the mule which belongeth to me. 2 Heb. before the king.

4 Or, fiulcs.

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on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to-day that 52 he will not slay his servant with the sword. And Solomon said, If he will show

himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if 53 wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die. So king Solomon sent, and

they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to

king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house. 2

NOW the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, 3 and show thyself a man; and keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in

his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and

his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest ! prosper 4 in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: that the LORD

may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with

all their soul, there shall not 2 fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. 5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what

he did 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, and.3 shed the blood of war

in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and 6 in his shoes that were on his feet. Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and 7 let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace. But show kindness unto

the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy

table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother. 8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Ba

hurim, which cursed me with a 4 grievous curse in the day when I went to

Mahanaim : but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and 'I sware to him by 9 the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. Now therefore

hold him not guiltless : for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest

to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood. 10, 11

So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned

he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 12 THEN SAT SOLOMON upon the throne of David his father; and his 13 kingdom was established greatly.' And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to

Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? 14 And he said, Peaceably. He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. 15 And she said, Say on. And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine,

and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign : howbeit the

kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's : for it was his from the 16 LORD.

And now I ask one petition of thee, 5 deny me not. And she said 17 unto him, Say on. And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king,

(for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to 18 wife. And Bath-sheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king: 19 Bath-sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Ado

nijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat

down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she 20 sat on his right hand. Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I

pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother : 21 for I will not say thee nay. And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be 22 given to Adonijah thy brother to wife. And king Solomon answered and said

unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Ado

nijah ? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for 23 him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. Then king

Solomon sware by the Lord, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Ado24 nijah have not spoken this word against his own life. Now therefore, as the

Lord liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my

father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put 25 to death this day. And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada ; and he fell upon him that he died.

And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine


i Or, do riscly.
2 Heb. be cut off from thee from the


3 Heb. put.
4 Heb. strong.
5 Heb. turn not away my face.


own fields; for thou art I worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee

to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord God before David my father, 27 and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. Só

Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the Lord, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.

Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the Lord, and 29 caught hold on the horns of the altar. And it was told king Solomon that

Joab was filed unto the tabernacle of the Lord; and, behold, he is hy the altar.

Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. 90 And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him, Thus

saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And

Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he 91 answered me. And the king said unto him, Bo as he hath said, and fall upon

him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab 92 shed, from me, and from the house of my father. And the LORD shall return

his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than be, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to

wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of 33 Jether, captain of the host of Judah. Their blood shall therefore return 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 34 peace for ever from the LORD. So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and

fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wil. 35 derness. And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the

host : and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar. 36 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an

house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither. 37 For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook

Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die : thy blood shall 38 be upon thine own head. And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good:

as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.

And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told 40 Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath. And Shimei arose, and

saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants : and Shimei 41 went, and brought his servants from Gath. And it was told Solomon that 42 Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. And the king

sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou

goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou 43 saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good. Why then hast thou not

kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I have charged thee 44 with? The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness

which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father : therefore the 45 LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head; and king Solomon

shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD 46 for ever. So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went

out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the

hand of Solomon. 3 AND Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's

daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of

building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem 2 round about. Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no 3 house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days. And Solomon loved

the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father : only he sacrificed and

burnt incense in high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high 5 place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. In

i Heb. a man of death.


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