Adonijah’s Bid for Power

Adonijah son of Haggith(A) kept exalting himself, saying, “I will be king!” He prepared chariots, cavalry, and fifty men to run ahead of him.[a](B)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:5 Heralds announcing his procession

51 It was reported to Solomon, “Look, Adonijah fears King Solomon, and he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘Let King Solomon first[a] swear to me that he will not kill his servant with the sword.’”

52 Then Solomon said, “If he is a man of character, not a single hair of his will fall to the ground,(A) but if evil is found in him, he dies.”(B) 53 So King Solomon sent for him, and they took him down from the altar. He came and paid homage to King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, “Go to your home.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1:51 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg read today

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