1 KINGS 2:1-20
2:1 When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying,
2:2 I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong therefore and be a man;
2:3 And keep the commandment of Jehovah your God by walking in His ways, by keeping His statutes, His commandments, and His ordinances and His testimonies as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn;
2:4 That Jehovah may establish His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, If your children take heed to their way by walking before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail — He said — to be a man upon the throne of Israel for you.
2:5 Furthermore you know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, by that which he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew; and he shed the blood of war in peace and put the blood of war upon his girdle around his loins and upon his sandals that are on his feet.
2:6 Do therefore according to your wisdom, and do not let his gray-haired head go down into Sheol in peace.
2:7 And show mercy to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for so they drew near to me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
2:8 And now there is with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite of Bahurim, who cursed me with a terrible curse on the day I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the Jordan, and I swore to him by Jehovah, saying, I shall not kill you with the sword.
2:9 Now therefore do not hold him guiltless; for you are a wise man, and you will know what to do to him. And you shall bring his gray-haired head down into Sheol with blood.
2:10 And David slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David.
2:11 And the time that David reigned over Israel was forty years: in Hebron he reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years.
2:12 And Solomon sat upon the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.
2:13 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Do you come peaceably? And he said, Peaceably.
2:14 Then he said, I have something to say to you. And she said, Speak.
2:15 And he said, You know that the kingdom was mine and that all Israel looked to me to reign; but the kingdom has turned and has become my brother’s, for it was of Jehovah to be his.
2:16 Now therefore I ask one thing of you; do not refuse me. And she said to him, Speak.
2:17 And he said, Please tell Solomon the king — for he will not refuse you — to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife.
2:18 And Bath-sheba said, Fine; I will speak to the king for you.
2:19 So Bath-sheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her and bowed himself before her; and he sat on his throne and had a throne set for the king’s mother, and she sat at his right hand.
2:20 And she said, Let me ask one small thing of you; do not refuse me. And the king said to her, Ask, my mother, for I will not refuse you.