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1 Kings 1:50-51

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1:50 Adonijah feared Solomon, so he got up and went and grabbed hold of the horns of the altar. 1  1:51 Solomon was told, “Look, Adonijah fears you; 2  see, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘May King Solomon solemnly promise 3  me today that he will not kill his servant with the sword.’”

1 sn Grabbed hold of the horns of the altar. The “horns” of the altar were the horn-shaped projections on the four corners of the altar (see Exod 27:2). By going to the holy place and grabbing hold of the horns of the altar, Adonijah was seeking asylum from Solomon.

2 tn Heb “King Solomon.” The name and title have been replaced by the pronoun (“you”) in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Or “swear an oath to.”



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