and keep the 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:
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 truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
¶ Moreover thou knowest also what Jo'ab the son of Zeru-i'ah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner 2 Sam. 3.27 the son of Ner, and unto Ama'sa 2 Sam. 20.10 the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.
And, behold, thou hast with thee Shim'e-i the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahu'rim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahana'im: 2 Sam. 16.5-13 but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. 2 Sam. 19.16-23
And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel 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.
¶ Bathshe'ba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adoni'jah. And the king rose up to meet her, and 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.
And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Ab'ishag the Shu'nammite for Adoni'jah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abi'athar the priest, and for Jo'ab the son of Zeru-i'ah.
¶ And unto Abi'athar the priest said the king, Get thee to An'athoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, 2 Sam. 15.24 and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. 1 Sam. 22.20-23
And Benai'ah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benai'ah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Jo'ab, and thus he answered me.
And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Ama'sa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Jo'ab, 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 LORD.
¶ And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shim'e-i ran away unto Achish son of Ma'achah king of Gath. And they told Shim'e-i, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.
And the king sent and called for Shim'e-i, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good.
The king said moreover to Shim'e-i, 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 head: