World English Bible
1 Kings 2 (WEBP)
 Now the days of David came near that he should die; and he commanded Solomon his son, saying,
 “I am going the way of all the earth. You be strong therefore, and show yourself a man;
 and keep the instruction of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, according to that which is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn yourself.
 Then Yahweh may establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your children are careful of their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you,’ he said, ‘a man on the throne of Israel.’
 “Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, even what 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 killed, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war on his sash that was around his waist and in his sandals that were on his feet.
 Do therefore according to your wisdom, and don’t let his gray head go down to Sheol° in peace.
 But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be among those who eat at your table; for so they came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
 “Behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the Jordan, and I swore to him by Yahweh, saying, ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’
 Now therefore don’t hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man; and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall bring his gray head down to Sheol° with blood.”
 David slept with his fathers, and was buried in David’s city.
 The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem.
 Solomon sat on David his father’s throne; and his kingdom was firmly established.
 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. She said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably.
 He said moreover, I have something to tell you.” She said, “Say on.”
 He said, “You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign. However, the kingdom is turned around, and has become my brother’s; for it was his from Yahweh.
 Now I ask one petition of you. Don’t deny me.” She said to him, “Say on.”
 He said, “Please speak to Solomon the king (for he will not tell you ‘no’), that he give me Abishag the Shunammite as wife.”
 Bathsheba said, “All right. I will speak for you to the king.”
 Bathsheba therefore went to King Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. The king rose up to meet her and bowed himself to her, and sat down on his throne and caused a throne to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.
 Then she said, “I ask one small petition of you; don’t deny me.” The king said to her, “Ask on, my mother, for I will not deny you.”
 She said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as wife.”
 King Solomon answered his mother, “Why do you ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? Ask for him the kingdom also, for he is my elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.”
 Then King Solomon swore by Yahweh, saying, “God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against his own life.
 Now therefore as Yahweh lives, who has established me and set me on my father David’s throne, and who has made me a house as he promised, surely Adonijah shall be put to death today.”
 King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him, so that he died.
 To Abiathar the priest the king said, “Go to Anathoth, to your own fields, for you are worthy of death. But I will not at this time put you to death, because you bore the Lord§ Yahweh’s ark before David my father, and because you were afflicted in all in which my father was afflicted.”
 So Solomon thrust Abiathar out from being priest to Yahweh, that he might fulfill Yahweh’s word which he spoke concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
 This news came to Joab; for Joab had followed Adonijah, although he didn’t follow Absalom. Joab fled to Yahweh’s Tent, and held onto the horns of the altar.
 King Solomon was told, “Joab has fled to Yahweh’s Tent; and behold, he is by the altar.” Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, “Go, fall on him.”
 Benaiah came to Yahweh’s Tent, and said to him, “The king says, ‘Come out!’ ” He said, “No; but I will die here.” Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, “This is what Joab said, and this is how he answered me.”
 The king said to him, “Do as he has said, and fall on him, and bury him, that you may take away the blood, which Joab shed without cause, from me and from my father’s house.
 Yahweh will return his blood on his own head, because he fell on two men more righteous and better than he, and killed them with the sword, and my father David didn’t know it: Abner the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah.
 So their blood will return on the head of Joab and on the head of his offspring§ forever. But for David, for his offspring, for his house, and for his throne, there will be peace forever from Yahweh.”
 Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up and fell on him, and killed him; and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.
 The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army; and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.
 The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and live there, and don’t go anywhere else.
 For on the day you go out and pass over the brook Kidron, know for certain that you will surely die. Your blood will be on your own head.”
 Shimei said to the king, “What you say is good. As my lord the king has said, so will your servant do.” Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days.
 At the end of three years, two of Shimei’s slaves ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath. They told Shimei, saying, “Behold, your slaves are in Gath.”
 Shimei arose, saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his slaves; and Shimei went and brought his slaves from Gath.
 Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had come again.
 The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, “Didn’t I adjure you by Yahweh and warn you, saying, ‘Know for certain that on the day you go out and walk anywhere else, you shall surely die’? You said to me, ‘The saying that I have heard is good.’
 Why then have you not kept the oath of Yahweh and the commandment that I have instructed you with?”
 The king said moreover to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wickedness that you did to David my father. Therefore Yahweh will return your wickedness on your own head.
 But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will be established before Yahweh forever.”
 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he went out, and fell on him, so that he died. The kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
1 Kings 2:6 Sheol is the place of the dead.
1 Kings 2:9 Sheol is the place of the dead.
1 Kings 2:26 The word translated “Lord” is “Adonai.”
1 Kings 2:33 or, seed
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King James w/Strong’s #s
1 Kings 2 (KJVS)
 Now the days H3117 of David H1732 drew nigh H7126 (8799) that he should die H4191 (8800); and he charged H6680 (8762) Solomon H8010 his son H1121, saying H559 (8800),
 I go H1980 (8802) the way H1870 of all the earth H776: be thou strong H2388 (8804) therefore, and shew thyself a man H376;
 And keep H8104 (8804) the charge H4931 of the LORD H3068 thy God H430, to walk H3212 (8800) in his ways H1870, to keep H8104 (8800) his statutes H2708, and his commandments H4687, and his judgments H4941, and his testimonies H5715, as it is written H3789 (8803) in the law H8451 of Moses H4872, that thou mayest prosper H7919 (8686) in all that thou doest H6213 (8799), and whithersoever thou turnest H6437 (8799) thyself:
 That the LORD H3068 may continue H6965 (8686) his word H1697 which he spake H1696 (8765) concerning me, saying H559 (8800), If thy children H1121 take heed H8104 (8799) to their way H1870, to walk H3212 (8800) before H6440 me in truth H571 with all their heart H3824 and with all their soul H5315, there shall not fail H3772 (8735) thee (said H559 (8800) he) a man H376 on the throne H3678 of Israel H3478.
 Moreover thou knowest H3045 (8804) also what Joab H3097 the son H1121 of Zeruiah H6870 did H6213 (8804) to me, [and] what he did H6213 (8804) to the two H8147 captains H8269 of the hosts H6635 of Israel H3478, unto Abner H74 the son H1121 of Ner H5369, and unto Amasa H6021 the son H1121 of Jether H3500, whom he slew H2026 (8799), and shed H7760 (8799) the blood H1818 of war H4421 in peace H7965, and put H5414 (8799) the blood H1818 of war H4421 upon his girdle H2290 that [was] about his loins H4975, and in his shoes H5275 that [were] on his feet H7272.
 Do H6213 (8804) therefore according to thy wisdom H2451, and let not his hoar head H7872 go down H3381 (8686) to the grave H7585 in peace H7965.
 But shew H6213 (8799) kindness H2617 unto the sons H1121 of Barzillai H1271 the Gileadite H1569, and let them be of those that eat H398 (8802) at thy table H7979: for so they came H7126 (8804) to me when I fled H1272 (8800) because H6440 of Absalom H53 thy brother H251.
 And, behold, [thou hast] with thee Shimei H8096 the son H1121 of Gera H1617, a Benjamite H1145 of Bahurim H980, which cursed H7043 (8765) me with a grievous H4834 (8737) curse H7045 in the day H3117 when I went H3212 (8800) to Mahanaim H4266: but he came down H3381 (8804) to meet H7125 (8800) me at Jordan H3383, and I sware H7650 (8735) to him by the LORD H3068, saying H559 (8800), I will not put thee to death H4191 (8686) with the sword H2719.
 Now therefore hold him not guiltless H5352 (8762): for thou [art] a wise H2450 man H376, and knowest H3045 (8804) what thou oughtest to do H6213 (8799) unto him; but his hoar head H7872 bring thou down H3381 (8689) to the grave H7585 with blood H1818.
 So David H1732 slept H7901 (8799) with his fathers H1, and was buried H6912 (8735) in the city H5892 of David H1732.
 And the days H3117 that David H1732 reigned H4427 (8804) over Israel H3478 [were] forty H705 years H8141: seven H7651 years H8141 reigned H4427 (8804) he in Hebron H2275, and thirty H7970 and three H7969 years H8141 reigned H4427 (8804) he in Jerusalem H3389.
 Then sat H3427 (8804) Solomon H8010 upon the throne H3678 of David H1732 his father H1; and his kingdom H4438 was established H3559 (8735) greatly H3966.
 And Adonijah H138 the son H1121 of Haggith H2294 came H935 (8799) to Bathsheba H1339 the mother H517 of Solomon H8010. And she said H559 (8799), Comest H935 (8800) thou peaceably H7965? And he said H559 (8799), Peaceably H7965.
 He said H559 (8799) moreover, I have somewhat to say H1697 unto thee. And she said H559 (8799), Say on H1696 (8761).
 And he said H559 (8799), Thou knowest H3045 (8804) that the kingdom H4410 was mine, and [that] all Israel H3478 set H7760 (8804) their faces H6440 on me, that I should reign H4427 (8800): howbeit the kingdom H4410 is turned about H5437 (8735), and is become my brother’s H251: for it was his from the LORD H3068.
 And now I ask H7592 (8802) one H259 petition H7596 of thee, deny H7725 (8686) me H6440 not. And she said H559 (8799) unto him, Say on H1696 (8761).
 And he said H559 (8799), Speak H559 (8798), I pray thee, unto Solomon H8010 the king H4428, (for he will not say H7725 thee H6440 nay H7725 (8686),) that he give H5414 (8799) me Abishag H49 the Shunammite H7767 to wife H802.
 And Bathsheba H1339 said H559 (8799), Well H2896; I will speak H1696 (8762) for thee unto the king H4428.
 Bathsheba H1339 therefore went H935 (8799) unto king H4428 Solomon H8010, to speak H1696 (8763) unto him for Adonijah H138. And the king H4428 rose up H6965 (8799) to meet H7125 (8800) her, and bowed H7812 (8691) himself unto her, and sat down H3427 (8799) on his throne H3678, and caused a seat H3678 to be set H7760 (8799) for the king’s H4428 mother H517; and she sat H3427 (8799) on his right hand H3225.
 Then she said H559 (8799), I desire H7592 (8802) one H259 small H6996 petition H7596 of thee; [I pray thee], say H7725 me H6440 not nay H7725 (8686). And the king H4428 said H559 (8799) unto her, Ask on H7592 (8798), my mother H517: for I will not say H7725 thee H6440 nay H7725 (8686).
 And she said H559 (8799), Let Abishag H49 the Shunammite H7767 be given H5414 (8714) to Adonijah H138 thy brother H251 to wife H802.
 And king H4428 Solomon H8010 answered H6030 (8799) and said H559 (8799) unto his mother H517, And why dost thou ask H7592 (8802) Abishag H49 the Shunammite H7767 for Adonijah H138? ask H7592 (8798) for him the kingdom H4410 also; for he [is] mine elder H1419 brother H251; even for him, and for Abiathar H54 the priest H3548, and for Joab H3097 the son H1121 of Zeruiah H6870.
 Then king H4428 Solomon H8010 sware H7650 (8735) by the LORD H3068, saying H559 (8800), God H430 do H6213 (8799) so to me, and more also H3254 (8686), if Adonijah H138 have not spoken H1696 (8765) this word H1697 against his own life H5315.
 Now therefore, [as] the LORD H3068 liveth H2416, which hath established H3559 (8689) me, and set H3427 (8686) me on the throne H3678 of David H1732 my father H1, and who hath made H6213 (8804) me an house H1004, as he promised H1696 (8765), Adonijah H138 shall be put to death H4191 (8714) this day H3117.
 And king H4428 Solomon H8010 sent H7971 (8799) by the hand H3027 of Benaiah H1141 the son H1121 of Jehoiada H3077; and he fell H6293 (8799) upon him that he died H4191 (8799).
 And unto Abiathar H54 the priest H3548 said H559 (8804) the king H4428, Get H3212 (8798) thee to Anathoth H6068, unto thine own fields H7704; for thou [art] worthy H376 of death H4194: but I will not at this time H3117 put thee to death H4191 (8686), because thou barest H5375 (8804) the ark H727 of the Lord H136 GOD H3069 before H6440 David H1732 my father H1, and because thou hast been afflicted H6031 (8694) in all wherein my father H1 was afflicted H6031 (8694).
 So Solomon H8010 thrust out H1644 (8762) Abiathar H54 from being priest H3548 unto the LORD H3068; that he might fulfil H4390 (8763) the word H1697 of the LORD H3068, which he spake H1696 (8765) concerning the house H1004 of Eli H5941 in Shiloh H7887.
 Then tidings H8052 came H935 (8804) to Joab H3097: for Joab H3097 had turned H5186 (8804) after H310 Adonijah H138, though he turned H5186 (8804) not after H310 Absalom H53. And Joab H3097 fled H5127 (8799) unto the tabernacle H168 of the LORD H3068, and caught hold H2388 (8686) on the horns H7161 of the altar H4196.
 And it was told H5046 (8714) king H4428 Solomon H8010 that Joab H3097 was fled H5127 (8804) unto the tabernacle H168 of the LORD H3068; and, behold, [he is] by H681 the altar H4196. Then Solomon H8010 sent H7971 (8799) Benaiah H1141 the son H1121 of Jehoiada H3077, saying H559 (8800), Go H3212 (8798), fall H6293 (8798) upon him.
 And Benaiah H1141 came H935 (8799) to the tabernacle H168 of the LORD H3068, and said H559 (8799) unto him, Thus saith H559 (8804) the king H4428, Come forth H3318 (8798). And he said H559 (8799), Nay; but I will die H4191 (8799) here. And Benaiah H1141 brought H7725 the king H4428 word H1697 again H7725 (8686), saying H559 (8800), Thus said H1696 (8765) Joab H3097, and thus he answered H6030 (8804) me.
 And the king H4428 said H559 (8799) unto him, Do H6213 (8798) as he hath said H1696 (8765), and fall H6293 (8798) upon him, and bury H6912 (8804) him; that thou mayest take away H5493 (8689) the innocent H2600 blood H1818, which Joab H3097 shed H8210 (8804), from me, and from the house H1004 of my father H1.
 And the LORD H3068 shall return H7725 (8689) his blood H1818 upon his own head H7218, who fell H6293 (8804) upon two H8147 men H582 more righteous H6662 and better H2896 than he, and slew H2026 (8799) them with the sword H2719, my father H1 David H1732 not knowing H3045 (8804) [thereof, to wit], Abner H74 the son H1121 of Ner H5369, captain H8269 of the host H6635 of Israel H3478, and Amasa H6021 the son H1121 of Jether H3500, captain H8269 of the host H6635 of Judah H3063.
 Their blood H1818 shall therefore return H7725 (8804) upon the head H7218 of Joab H3097, and upon the head H7218 of his seed H2233 for ever H5769: but upon David H1732, and upon his seed H2233, and upon his house H1004, and upon his throne H3678, shall there be peace H7965 for H5704 ever H5769 from the LORD H3068.
 So Benaiah H1141 the son H1121 of Jehoiada H3077 went up H5927 (8799), and fell H6293 (8799) upon him, and slew H4191 (8686) him: and he was buried H6912 (8735) in his own house H1004 in the wilderness H4057.
 And the king H4428 put H5414 (8799) Benaiah H1141 the son H1121 of Jehoiada H3077 in his room over the host H6635: and Zadok H6659 the priest H3548 did the king H4428 put H5414 (8804) in the room of Abiathar H54.
 And the king H4428 sent H7971 (8799) and called H7121 (8799) for Shimei H8096, and said H559 (8799) unto him, Build H1129 (8798) thee an house H1004 in Jerusalem H3389, and dwell H3427 (8804) there, and go not forth H3318 (8799) thence any whither H575.
 For it shall be, [that] on the day H3117 thou goest out H3318 (8800), and passest over H5674 (8804) the brook H5158 Kidron H6939, thou shalt know H3045 (8799) for certain H3045 (8800) that thou shalt surely H4191 (8800) die H4191 (8799): thy blood H1818 shall be upon thine own head H7218.
 And Shimei H8096 said H559 (8799) unto the king H4428, The saying H1697 [is] good H2896: as my lord H113 the king H4428 hath said H1696 (8765), so will thy servant H5650 do H6213 (8799). And Shimei H8096 dwelt H3427 (8799) in Jerusalem H3389 many H7227 days H3117.
 And it came to pass at the end H7093 of three H7969 years H8141, that two H8147 of the servants H5650 of Shimei H8096 ran away H1272 (8799) unto Achish H397 son H1121 of Maachah H4601 king H4428 of Gath H1661. And they told H5046 (8686) Shimei H8096, saying H559 (8800), Behold, thy servants H5650 [be] in Gath H1661.
 And Shimei H8096 arose H6965 (8799), and saddled H2280 (8799) his ass H2543, and went H3212 (8799) to Gath H1661 to Achish H397 to seek H1245 (8763) his servants H5650: and Shimei H8096 went H3212 (8799), and brought H935 (8686) his servants H5650 from Gath H1661.
 And it was told H5046 (8714) Solomon H8010 that Shimei H8096 had gone H1980 (8804) from Jerusalem H3389 to Gath H1661, and was come again H7725 (8799).
 And the king H4428 sent H7971 (8799) and called H7121 (8799) for Shimei H8096, and said H559 (8799) unto him, Did I not make thee to swear H7650 (8689) by the LORD H3068, and protested H5749 (8686) unto thee, saying H559 (8800), Know H3045 (8799) for a certain H3045 (8800), on the day H3117 thou goest out H3318 (8800), and walkest H1980 (8804) abroad any whither H575, that thou shalt surely H4191 (8800) die H4191 (8799)? and thou saidst H559 (8799) unto me, The word H1697 [that] I have heard H8085 (8804) [is] good H2896.
 Why then hast thou not kept H8104 (8804) the oath H7621 of the LORD H3068, and the commandment H4687 that I have charged H6680 (8765) thee with?
 The king H4428 said H559 (8799) moreover to Shimei H8096, Thou knowest H3045 (8804) all the wickedness H7451 which thine heart H3824 is privy to H3045 (8804), that thou didst H6213 (8804) to David H1732 my father H1: therefore the LORD H3068 shall return H7725 (8689) thy wickedness H7451 upon thine own head H7218;
 And king H4428 Solomon H8010 [shall be] blessed H1288 (8803), and the throne H3678 of David H1732 shall be established H3559 (8737) before H6440 the LORD H3068 for H5704 ever H5769.
 So the king H4428 commanded H6680 (8762) Benaiah H1141 the son H1121 of Jehoiada H3077; which went out H3318 (8799), and fell H6293 (8799) upon him, that he died H4191 (8799). And the kingdom H4467 was established H3559 (8738) in the hand H3027 of Solomon H8010.
Young’s Literal Translation
1 Kings 2 (YLT)
 And draw near do the days of David to die, and he chargeth Solomon his son, saying,
 ‘I am going in the way of all the earth, and thou hast been strong, and become a man,
 and kept the charge of Jehovah thy God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commands, and His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that thou dost wisely all that thou dost, and whithersoever thou turnest,
 so that Jehovah doth establish His word which He spake unto me, saying, If thy sons observe their way to walk before Me in truth, with all their heart, and with all their soul; saying, There is not cut off a man of thine from the throne of Israel.
 ‘And also, thou hast known that which he did to me-Joab son of Zeruiah-that which he did to two heads of the hosts of Israel, to Abner son of Ner, and to Amasa son of Jether-that he slayeth them, and maketh the blood of war in peace, and putteth the blood of war in his girdle, that is on his loins, and in his sandals that are on his feet;
 and thou hast done according to thy wisdom, and dost not let his old age go down in peace to Sheol.
 ‘And to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite thou dost do kindness, and they have been among those eating at thy table, for so they drew near unto me in my fleeing from the face of Absalom thy brother.
 ‘And lo, with thee is Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite of Bahurim, and he reviled me-a grievous reviling-in the day of my going to Mahanaim; and he hath come down to meet me at the Jordan, and I swear to him by Jehovah, saying, I do not put thee to death by the sword;
 and now, acquit him not, for a wise man thou art, and thou hast known that which thou dost to him, and hast brought down his old age with blood to Sheol.’
 And David lieth down with his fathers, and is buried in the city of David,
 and the days that David hath reigned over Israel are forty years, in Hebron he hath reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he hath reigned thirty and three years.
 And Solomon hath sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom is established greatly,
 and Adonijah son of Haggith cometh in unto Bath-Sheba, mother of Solomon, and she saith, ‘Is thy coming peace?’ and he saith, ‘Peace.’
 And he saith, ‘I have a word unto thee,’ and she saith, ‘Speak.’
 And he saith, ‘Thou hast known that the kingdom was mine, and towards me set their faces had all Israel for reigning, and the kingdom is turned round about, and is my brother’s, for from Jehovah it was his;
 and now, one petition I am asking of thee-turn not back my face;’ and she saith unto him, ‘Speak.’
 And he saith, ‘Speak, I pray thee, to Solomon the king, for he doth not turn back thy face, and he doth give to me Abishag the Shunammite for a wife.’
 And Bath-Sheba saith, ‘Good; I do speak for thee unto the king.’
 And Bath-Sheba cometh in unto king Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king riseth to meet her, and boweth himself to her, and sitteth on his throne, and placeth a throne for the mother of the king, and she sitteth at his right hand.
 And she saith, ‘One small petition I ask of thee, turn not back my face;’ and the king saith to her, ‘Ask, my mother, for I do not turn back thy face.’
 And she saith, ‘Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother for a wife.’
 And king Solomon answereth and saith to his mother, ‘And why art thou asking Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? also ask for him the kingdom-for he is mine elder brother-even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab son of Zeruiah.’
 And king Solomon sweareth by Jehovah, saying, ‘Thus doth God to me, and thus He doth add-surely against his soul hath Adonijah spoken this word;
 and now, Jehovah liveth, who hath established me, and causeth me to sit on the throne of David my father, and who hath made for me an house as He spake-surely to-day is Adonijah put to death.’
 And king Solomon sendeth by the hand of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he falleth upon him, and he dieth.
 And to Abiathar the priest said the king, ‘To Anathoth go, unto thy fields; for a man of death thou art, but in this day I do not put thee to death, because thou hast borne the ark of the Lord Jehovah before David my father, and because thou wast afflicted in all that my father was afflicted in.’
 And Solomon casteth out Abiathar from being priest to Jehovah, to fulfil the word of Jehovah which He spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
 And the report hath come unto Joab-for Joab hath turned aside after Adonijah, though after Absalom he did not turn aside-and Joab fleeth unto the tent of Jehovah, and layeth hold on the horns of the altar.
 And it is declared to king Solomon that Joab hath fled unto the tent of Jehovah, and lo, near the altar; and Solomon sendeth Benaiah son of Jehoiada, saying, ‘Go, fall upon him.’
 And Benaiah cometh in unto the tent of Jehovah, and saith unto him, ‘Thus said the king, Come out;’ and he saith, ‘Nay, but here I die.’ And Benaiah bringeth back the king word, saying, ‘Thus spake Joab, yea, thus he answered me.’
 And the king saith to him, ‘Do as he hath spoken, and fall upon him, and thou hast buried him, and turned aside the causeless blood which Joab shed, from off me, and from off the house of my father;
 and Jehovah hath turned back his blood on his own head, who hath fallen on two men more righteous and better than he, and slayeth them with the sword,-and my father David knew not-Abner son of Ner, head of the host of Israel, and Amasa son of Jether, head of the host of Judah;
 yea, turned back hath their blood on the head of Joab, and on the head of his seed to the age; and for David, and for his seed, and for his house, and for his throne, there is peace unto the age, from Jehovah.’
 And Benaiah son of Jehoiada goeth up and falleth upon him, and putteth him to death, and he is buried in his own house in the wilderness,
 and the king putteth Benaiah son of Jehoiada in his stead over the host, and Zadok the priest hath the king put in the stead of Abiathar.
 And the king sendeth and calleth for Shimei, and saith to him, ‘Build for thee a house in Jerusalem, and thou hast dwelt there, and dost not go out thence any where;
 and it hath been, in the day of thy going out, and thou hast passed over the brook Kidron, thou dost certainly know that thou dost surely die-thy blood is on thy head.’
 And Shimei saith to the king, ‘The word is good; as my lord the king hath spoken so doth thy servant do;’ and Shimei dwelleth in Jerusalem many days.
 And it cometh to pass, at the end of three years, that flee do two of the servants of Shimei unto Achish son of Maachah, king of Gath, and they declare to Shimei, saying, ‘Lo, thy servants are in Gath;’
 and Shimei riseth, and saddleth his ass, and goeth to Gath, unto Achish, to seek his servants, and Shimei goeth and bringeth his servants from Gath.
 And it is declared to Solomon that Shimei hath gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and doth return,
 and the king sendeth and calleth for Shimei, and saith unto him, ‘Have I not caused thee to swear by Jehovah-and I testify against thee, saying, In the day of thy going out, and thou hast gone anywhere, thou dost certainly know that thou dost surely die; and thou sayest unto me, The word I have heard is good?
 and wherefore hast thou not kept the oath of Jehovah, and the charge that I charged upon thee?’
 And the king saith unto Shimei, ‘Thou hast known all the evil that thy heart hath known, which thou didst to David my father, and Jehovah hath turned back thine evil on thy head,
 and king Solomon is blessed, and the throne of David is established before Jehovah unto the age.’
 And the king chargeth Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he goeth out and falleth on him, and he dieth, and the kingdom is established in the hand of Solomon.