2:2 I go the a way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
(a) I am ready to die as all men must.
2:3 And keep the b
charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his
commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the
law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever
thou turnest thyself:
(b) He shows how hard it is to govern and that no
one can do it well except he obey God.
2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he
spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk
before me in c truth with all their
heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the
throne of Israel.
(c) Without hypocrisy.
2:5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son
of Zeruiah did to me, [and] what he did to the two captains of the hosts of
Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he
slew, and d shed the blood of war in
peace, and e put the blood of war upon
his girdle that [was] about his loins, and in his shoes that [were] on his feet.
(d) He shed his blood in time of peace, as if
there had been war.
(e) He put the bloody sword into his sheath.
2:7 But shew kindness
unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at
thy table: f for so they came to me when
I fled because of Absalom thy brother.
(f) That is, they dealt mercifully with me.
2:9 Now therefore hold
him not guiltless: for thou [art] a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to
do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with g
(g) Let him be punished with death, see (1 Kings
And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she
said, h Comest thou peaceably? And he
(h) For she was afraid lest he would work treason
against the king.
2:15 And he said,
Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and [that] all Israel i
set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about,
and is become my brother's: for it was his from the LORD.
(i) In sign of their favour and consent.
Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And
the king rose up to meet her, and k
bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set
for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.
(k) In token of reverence, and that others by his
example might have her in greater honour.
And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask
Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the l
kingdom also; for he [is] mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the
priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
(l) Meaning, that if he would have granted
Abishag, who was so dear to his father, he would later have aspired for the
And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own
fields; for thou [art] worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to
death, because thou m barest the ark of
the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all
wherein my father was afflicted.
(m) When he fled before Absalom, (2 Samuel
2:28 Then tidings came to
Joab: for Joab had n turned after
Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle
of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
(n) He took Adonijah's part when he would have
usurped the kingdom (1 Kings
2:29 And it was told king Solomon that Joab was
fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, [he is] by the o
altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him.
(o) Thinking to be saved by the holiness of the
2:31 And the king
said unto him, Do as he hath said, and p
fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood,
which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father.
(p) For it was lawful to take the wilful murderer
from the altar, (Exodus
2:33 Their blood shall
therefore return upon the q head of Joab,
and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and
upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the
(q) Joab will be justly punished for the blood
that he has cruelly shed.
2:35 And the king put
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the r
priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
(r) And so took the office of high priest from
the house of Eli, and restored it to the house of Phinehas.
And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the s
servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they
told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants [be] in Gath.
(s) Thus God appoints the ways and means to bring
his just judgments on the wicked.
2:40 And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and
went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and t
Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath.
(t) His covetous mind moved him to risk his life,
rather than to lose the worldly profit he had by his servants.
The king said moreover to Shimei, u Thou
knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to
David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own
(u) For though you would deny it, your own
conscience accuses you for reviling and doing wrong to my father, (2 Samuel
2:46 So the king
commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that
he died. And the kingdom was x
established in the hand of Solomon.
(x) Because all his enemies were destroyed.