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  • There Zadok the priest took a flask of olive oil from the sacred tent and poured it on Solomon's head. Then the trumpets were blown, and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon!" - 1 Kings 1:39

  • And all the people returned with Solomon to Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound. - 1 Kings 1:40

  • "Not at all!" Jonathan replied. "Our lord King David has just declared Solomon king! - 1 Kings 1:43

  • Moreover, Solomon is now sitting on the royal throne as king. - 1 Kings 1:46

  • All the royal officials went to King David and congratulated him, saying, `May your God make Solomon's fame even greater than your own, and may Solomon's kingdom be even greater than yours!' Then the king bowed his head in worship as he lay in his bed, - 1 Kings 1:47

  • Adonijah himself was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and caught hold of the horns of the altar. - 1 Kings 1:50

  • Word soon reached Solomon that Adonijah had seized the horns of the altar and that he was pleading, "Let Solomon swear today that he will not kill me!" - 1 Kings 1:51

  • Solomon replied, "If he proves himself to be loyal, he will not be harmed.* But if he does not, he will die."2 - 1 Kings 1:52

  • So King Solomon summoned Adonijah, and they brought him down from the altar. He came and bowed low before the king, and Solomon dismissed him, saying, "Go on home." - 1 Kings 1:53

  • As the time of King David's death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon: - 1 Kings 2:1

  • Solomon succeeded him as king, replacing his father, David, and he was firmly established on the throne. - 1 Kings 2:12

  • One day Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, came to see Bathsheba, Solomon's mother. "Have you come to make trouble?" she asked him. "No," he said, "I come in peace. - 1 Kings 2:13

  • He replied, "Speak to King Solomon on my behalf, for I know he will do anything you request. Ask him to give me Abishag, the girl from Shunem, as my wife." - 1 Kings 2:17

  • So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak on Adonijah's behalf. The king rose from his throne to meet her, and he bowed down before her. When he sat down on his throne again, he ordered that a throne be brought for his mother, and she sat at his right hand. - 1 Kings 2:19

  • "How can you possibly ask me to give Abishag to Adonijah?" Solomon demanded. "You might as well be asking me to give him the kingdom! You know that he is my older brother, and that he has Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah on his side." - 1 Kings 2:22

  • Then King Solomon swore solemnly by the LORD: "May God strike me dead if Adonijah has not sealed his fate with this request. - 1 Kings 2:23

  • So King Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him, and Adonijah was put to death. - 1 Kings 2:25
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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