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1Kings 1:1-4 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, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin and let her stand before the king and let her cherish him and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel and found Abishag a Shunammite.(from the city of Shunem in the area of Issachar {map}).and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair and cherished the king and ministered to him, but the king knew her not.(didn't have sex with her).

1Kings 1:5 Then Adonijah.(4th son of David by one of his wives named Haggith; Solomon's brother; Solomon being king at this time).the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king.('please mommy, let me be king; I want to be king of the castle'). And he prepared him chariots and horsemen and fifty men to run before him..(living on his vanity)

1Kings 1:6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? And he also was a very goodly man.(handsome, good looking).and his mother bare him after Absalom.

1Kings 1:7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest. And they following Adonijah helped him.

1Kings 1:8,9 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.

1Kings 1:9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel and called all his brethren the king's sons and all the men of Judah the king's servants.(a typical political rally; a party to secure support for his underhanded plan).

1Kings 1:10-12 But Nathan the prophet and Benaiah and the mighty men and Solomon his brother, he called not. Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign and David our lord knoweth it not? Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that you may save thine own life and the life of thy son Solomon.

1Kings 1:13 Go and get yourself in unto king David and say unto him, Did not you, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon you son shall reign after me and he shall sit upon my throne? Why then does Adonijah reign?

1Kings 1:14-40 Behold, while thou yet talked there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm thy words. And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber. And the king was very old and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.(perhaps helped him walk to the throne). And Bathsheba.(a wife of king David; the David and Bathsheba story).bowed and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest you.(what do you want)? And she said unto him, My lord, you sware by the LORD your God unto your handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold, Adonijah reigns and now, my lord the king, you know it not.

1Kings 1:19 And he has slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance.(verse 9 above).and has called all the sons of the king and Abiathar the priest and Joab the captain of the host. But Solomon thy servant hath he not called.

1Kings 1:20-23 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 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 offenders. And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came 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 to the ground.

1Kings 1:24-28 And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me.(this question is addressed to David, the present king regarding who will replace him as king).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.(Adonijah put on a political party to gain support for himself, see verse 9 above). But me, even me thy servant and Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. Is this thing done by my lord the king and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him? Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she came into the king's presence and stood before the king. 

1Kings 1:29,30 And the king sware and 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; even so will I certainly do this day.

1Kings 1:31-40 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth and did reverence to the king and said, Let my lord king David live for ever. And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet 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 Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule and bring him down to Gihon.

1Kings 1:34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel. And blow ye with the trumpet and say, God save king Solomon.

1Kings 1:35-40 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 over Judah. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, 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 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 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.

1Kings 2:1-3 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 and shew thyself a man.(what did David mean by saying that?.Ecclesiastes 12:13); 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 in all that thou doest and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.

1Kings 2:4 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 fail thee, said he, a man on the throne of Israel.

1Kings 2:5 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 shed the blood of war in peace and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins and in his shoes that were on his feet. Do therefore according to thy wisdom and let not his hoar.(gray).head go down to the grave in peace.

1Kings 2:6-9 But shew 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. And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim which cursed me with a 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 the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. Now therefore hold him not guiltless. For you art a wise man and know what you ought to do unto him but his hoar head bring you down to the grave with blood.

1Kings 2:10 So David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.

1Kings 2:11,12 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. Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father and his kingdom was established greatly.

1Kings 2:28-34 Then tidings came to Joab, for Joab had turned after Adonijah.(supported Adonijah being king), though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD and caught hold on the horns of the altar. And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD and behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. 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 answered me. And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said and fall upon him and bury him, that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab 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 he 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 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 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 wilderness.
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