Then Absalom happened to come across David’s men. Now as Absalom was riding on his 1 mule, it 2 went under the branches of a large oak tree. His head got caught in the oak and he was suspended in midair, 3 while the mule he had been riding kept going.
Let me 1 return so that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. But look, here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do for him whatever seems appropriate to you.”
Now a wicked man 1 named Sheba son of Bicri, a Benjaminite, 2 happened to be there. He blew the trumpet 3 and said, “We have no share in David; we have no inheritance in this son of Jesse! Every man go home, 4 O Israel!”
When they were near the big rock that is in Gibeon, Amasa came to them. Now Joab was dressed in military attire and had a dagger in its sheath belted to his waist. When he advanced, it fell out. 1
Visit 1 King David and say to him, ‘My master, O king, did you not solemnly promise 2 your servant, “Surely your son Solomon will be king after me; he will sit on my throne”? So why has Adonijah become king?’
For today he has gone down and sacrificed many cattle, steers, and sheep and has invited all the king’s sons, the army commanders, and Abiathar the priest. At this moment 1 they are having a feast 2 in his presence, and they have declared, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 3
So Bathsheba visited King Solomon to speak to him on Adonijah’s behalf. The king got up to greet 1 her, bowed to her, and then sat on his throne. He ordered a throne to be brought for the king’s mother, 2 and she sat at his right hand.
Then listen from your heavenly dwelling place and answer all the prayers of the foreigners. 1 Then all the nations of the earth will acknowledge your reputation, 2 obey 3 you like your people Israel do, and recognize that this temple I built belongs to you. 4
At that time Solomon and all Israel with him celebrated a festival before the Lord our God for two entire weeks. This great assembly included people from all over the land, from Lebo Hamath in the north to the Brook of Egypt 1 in the south. 2
The Lord said to him, “I have answered 1 your prayer and your request for help that you made to me. I have consecrated this temple you built by making it my permanent home; 2 I will be constantly present there. 3
‘The Lord says this: “Do not attack and make war with your brothers, the Israelites. Each of you go home, for I have caused this to happen.”’” 1 They obeyed the Lord and went home as the Lord had ordered them to do. 2
When the old prophet who had invited him to his house heard the news, 1 he said, “It is the prophet 2 who rebelled against the Lord. 3 The Lord delivered him over to the lion and it ripped him up 4 and killed him, just as the Lord warned him.” 5
The Lord will attack Israel, making it like a reed that sways in the water. 1 He will remove Israel from this good land he gave to their ancestors 2 and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, 3 because they angered the Lord by making Asherah poles. 4
King Asa ordered all the men of Judah (no exemptions were granted) to carry away the stones and wood that Baasha had used to build Ramah. 1 King Asa used the materials to build up 2 Geba (in Benjamin) and Mizpah.
When the men with a skin disease reached the edge of the camp, they entered a tent and had a meal. 1 They also took some silver, gold, and clothes and went and hid it all. 2 Then they went back and entered another tent. They looted it 3 and went and hid what they had taken.
One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 1 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 2
While Gehazi 1 was telling the king how Elisha 2 had brought the dead back to life, the woman whose son he had brought back to life came to ask the king for her house and field. 3 Gehazi said, “My master, O king, this is the very woman and this is her son whom Elisha brought back to life!”
The Lord solemnly warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and all the seers, “Turn back from your evil ways; obey my commandments and rules that are recorded in the law. I ordered your ancestors to keep this law and sent my servants the prophets to remind you of its demands.” 1
But the chief adviser said to them, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you.” 2