Solomon on This Father's Throne
Death of David
I Kings i: 1 to 53
the later years of David's reign he laid up great
treasure of gold, and silver, and brass, and iron,
for the building of a house to the Lord on Mount
Moriah. This house was to be called "The Temple,"
and it was to be made very beautiful, the most
beautiful building, and the richest, in all the
land. David had greatly desired to build this house
while he was the king of Israel, but God said to
"You have been a man of war, and have fought many
battles, and shed much blood. My house shall be
built by a man of peace. When you die, your son
Solomon shall reign, and he shall have peace, and
shall build my house."
So David made ready great store of precious things
for the temple, also stone, and cedar to be used in
the building. And David said to Solomon, his son:
"God has promised that there shall be rest and peace
to the land while you are king; and the Lord will be
with you, and you shall build a house, where God
shall live among his people."
But David had other sons who were older than
Solomon; and one of these sons, whose name was
Adonijah, formed a plan to make himself king. David
was now very old, and he was no longer able to go
out of his palace and to be seen among the people.
Adonijah gathered his friends; and among them were
Joab, the general of the army, and Abiathar, one of
the two high-priests. They met at a place outside
the wall, and had a great feast, and were about to
crown Adonijah as king, when word came to David in
the palace. David, though old and feeble, was still
wise. He said, "Let us make Solomon king at once,
and thus put an end to the plans of these men."
So, at David's command, they brought out the mule on
which no one but the king was allowed to ride, and
they placed Solomon upon it, and with the king's
guards, and the nobles, and the great men, they
brought the young Solomon down to the valley of
Gihon, south of the city.
And Zadok the priest took from the Tabernacle the
horn filled with holy oil that was used for
anointing or pouring oil on the head of the priests
when they were set apart for their work. He poured
oil from this horn on the head of Solomon, and then
the priests blew the trumpets, and all the people
cried aloud, "God save King Solomon."
All this time Adonijah, and Joab, and their friends
were not far away, almost in the same valley,
feasting and making merry, intending to make
Adonijah king. They heard the sound of trumpets and
the shouting of the people. Joab said, "What is the
cause of all this noise and uproar?"
A moment later Jonathan, the son of Abiathar, came
running in. He was one of the two young men who
brought news from Jerusalem to David at the river
Jordan. Jonathan said to the men who were feasting:
"Our lord, King David, has made Solomon king, and he
has just been anointed in Gihon; and all the princes
and the heads of the army are with him, and the
people are shouting, 'God save King Solomon!' And
David has sent from his bed a message to Solomon,
saying, 'May the Lord make your name greater than my
name has been! Blessed be the Lord, who has given me
a son to sit this day on my throne!' "
When Adonijah and his friends heard this they were
filled with fear. Every man went at once to his
house, except Adonijah. He hastened to the altar of
the Lord, and knelt before it, and took hold of the
horns that were on its corners in front. This was a
holy place, and he hoped that there Solomon might
have mercy on him. And Solomon said, "If Adonijah
will do right and be true to me as the king of
Israel, no harm shall come to him; but if he does
wrong he shall die." Then Adonijah came and bowed
down before King Solomon, and promised to obey him,
and Solomon said, "Go to your own house."
Not long after this David sent for Solomon; and from
his bed he gave his last advice to Solomon. And soon
after that David died, an old man, having reigned in
all forty years, seven years over the tribe of Judah
at Hebron, and thirty-three years over all Israel in
Jerusalem. He was buried in great honor on Mount
Zion, and his tomb remained standing for many years.
Death of David