1 Kings Chapter 2 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
This is the text and a scan of the actual, original, first printing of the 1611 King James Version, the 'HE' Bible, for 1 Kings Chapter 2. The KJV does not get more original or authentic than this. View 1 Kings Chapter 2 as text-only. Click to switch to the standard King James Version of 1 Kings Chapter 2
View this 1. Kings chapter 2 page at a larger size (1 Kings, the original 1611 KJV)
(ideal for widescreen monitors 1366 x 768 or higher)
1 Dauid hauing giuen a charge to Solomon, 3 of religiousnesse, 5 of Ioab, 7 of Barzillai, 8 of Shimei, 10 dieth. 12 Solomon succeedeth. 13 Adoniiah, mouing Bath-sheba to sue vnto Solomon for Abishag, is put to death. 26 Abiathar hauing his life giuen him, is depriued of the Priesthood. 28 Ioab fleeing to the hornes of the Altar, is there slaine. 35 Benaiah is put in Ioabs roume, and Zadok in Abiathars. 36 Shimei confined to Ierusalem, by occasion of going thence to Gath, is put to death.
3 And keepe the charge of the Lord thy God, to walke in his wayes, to keepe his Statutes, and his Commandements, & his Iudgements, and his Testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoeuer thou turnest thy selfe:3
4 That the Lord may continue his word which hee spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heede to their way, to walke before mee in trueth, with all their heart, and with all their soule, there shall not faile thee (sayd hee) a man on the throne of Israel.4
5 Moreouer thou knowest also what Ioab the sonne of Zeruiah did to mee, and what he did to the two captaines of the hostes of Israel, vnto Abner the sonne of Ner, and vnto Amasa the sonne of Iether, whom hee slewe, and shed the blood of warre in peace, and put the blood of warre vpon his girdle that was about his loynes, and in his shooes that were on his feet.5
8 And behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the sonne of Gera, a Beniamite of Bahurim, which cursed mee with a grieuous curse, in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but hee came downe to meete me at Iordane, and I sware to him by the Lord, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.8
15 And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdome was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should raigne: howbeit the kingdome is turned about, and is become my brothers: for it was his from the Lord.
19 ¶ Bathsheba therefore went vnto king Solomon, to speake vnto him for Adoniiah: and the king rose vp to meete her, and bowed himselfe vnto her, and sate downe on his throne, and caused a seate to bee set for the Kings mother, and she sate on his right hand.
22 And king Solomon answered, and said vnto his mother, And why doest thou aske Abishag the Shunammite for Adoniiah? Aske for him the kingdome also (for he is mine elder brother) euen for him, and for Abiathar the Priest, & for Ioab the sonne of Zeruiah.
26 ¶ And vnto Abiathar the Priest saide the King, Get thee to Anathoth, vnto thine own fields, for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the arke of the Lord God before Dauid my father, and because thou hast bene afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.26
30 And Benaiah came to the Tabernacle of the Lord, and said vnto him, Thus saith the king, Come foorth. And he said, Nay, but I will die heere. And Benaiah brought the king word againe, saying, Thus said Ioab, and thus he answered me.
32 And the Lord shall returne his blood vpon his owne head, who fell vpon two men, more righteous and better then hee, and slew them with the sword, my father Dauid not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the sonne of Ner, captaine of the hoste of Israel, and Amasa the sonne of Iether, captaine of the hoste of Iudah.32
33 Their blood shall therefore returne vpon the head of Ioab, and vpon the head of his seed for euer: but vpon Dauid, and vpon his seede, and vpon his house, and vpon his throne, shall there bee peace for euer from the Lord.
39 And it came to passe at the end of three yeeres, that two of the seruants of Shimei ranne away vnto Achish sonne of Maachah king of Gath: and they told Shimei, saying, Beholde, thy seruants be in Gath.
42 And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said vnto him, Did I not make thee to sweare by the Lord, and protested vnto thee, saying, Know for a certaine, that on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? And thou saidest vnto me, The word that I haue heard, is good.
44 The king said moreuer to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickednesse which thine heart is priuie to, that thou diddest to Dauid my father: therefore the Lord shall returne thy wickednesse vpon thine owne head.
View Wesley's Notes for 1 Kings Chapter 2
2:2 I go the way, &c. - Even the sons and heirs of heaven, must gothe way of all the earth, of all who dwell thereon. But they walk withpleasure in this way, thro' the valley of the shadow of death.Prophets, yea kings must go this way to brighter light and honour thanprophecy or sovereignty. Be strong - For, to govern his people accordingto the law of God, requires great fortitude, or strength of mind. And aman - In manly wisdom, and courage, and constancy, though thou art butyoung in years.
2:3 The law - Which the prince was enjoined to transcribe and read,#Deut 17:11|, that be might govern his own and his peoples actions byit. Mayest profit - Or, behave thyself prudently. Hereby heintimates, that religion is the truest reason of state, and that all truewisdom and good success depend upon piety.
2:4 Confirm his word - Fulfil his promise, the condition upon which itwas suspended, being performed.
2:5 To me - That is, against me; in what he did against Abner andAmasa: whose death was a great injury to David, as it was a breachof his laws and peace; a contempt of his person and government; a perniciousexample to his subjects, and a great scandal to him, as if Joab had beenonly David's instrument, to affect what he secretly designed.And shed - He slew them as if they had been in the state of war, whenthere was not only a cessation of arms, but also a treaty of peace. Putthe blood - This is added to note his impenitency, that although by hisperfidious manner of killing them when he pretended to embrace them, hestained his own garments with their blood, yet he was not ashamed of it, butgloried in it, and marched boldly along with the army, with the same girdleand shoes which were sprinkled with their blood.
2:6 Do therefore - That is, what in reason and justice thou seest fit.For tho' I was forced to forbear him, yet I never forgave him; punish himaccording to his demerits.
2:7 For so - With such kindness.
2:8 I will not, &c. - The words are, The king said unto Shimei,thou shalt not die: and the king sware unto him, #2Sam 19:23|.The oath, we see, was absolute. It was not, I will not put thee to deathnow. or, I will not put thee to death with the sword. But whocan reconcile his charge to Solomon with this oath? Surely, consideringthe time of that charge, this next to the matter of Uriah, is thegreatest blemish in all David's life.
2:25 Benaiah - For the execution of justice was not then committed toobscure persons, as now it is; but to persons of great honour and authority.It is far from clear, that Solomon did right herein, or that Adonijahhad any ill design in asking Abishag.
2:26 Because, &c. - Thus Solomon shews respect to his sacredfunction. He mixes mercy with justice, and requites Abiathar's formerkindness to David; hereby teaching princes, that they should not writeinjuries in marble, and benefits in sand, as they have been so oftenobserved to do.
2:27 Which he spake - Concerning the translation of the priesthoodfrom the house of Eli, and of Ithamar, to that of Eleazar: whichbeing threatened eighty years ago, is now executed. So divine vengeance,though sometimes it be slow, is always sure.
2:30 He said, Nay, &c. - For he supposed, either, that Solomonwould not defile that place with his blood, but would spare him for hisrespect to it, as he had done Adonijah: or, he had a superstitiousconceit, that his dying there might give his guilty and miserable soulsome advantage.
2:31 Do, &c. - Kill him, though he be there; take him from that place,and then kill him: for, #Exod 21:14|, doth not command the ruler to killthe murderer there, but to remove him thence, to take him from the altar,that he may die.
2:34 Wilderness - Places which have but few houses and inhabitants,are often so called in scripture. He was buried privately, like a criminal,not pompously, like a general.
2:36 Go not forth - This Solomon ordered, both for his ownsecurity; and as a penalty for his former wickedness.
2:37 Kidron - A brook nigh Jerusalem, which he particularly names,because that was the way to Bahurim, his former habitation: but this isnot all, for the restraint was general, that he should not go forththence any whither. Thy blood - The blame and guilt of thy bloodshall lie upon thyself only.
2:38 Is good - Thy sentence is more merciful than I expected, ordeserved.
2:39 Achish - A king, but subject and tributary, to Solomon.Permitted to enjoy the title and honour of a king, but not the full power;whence it was, that Achish could not keep these servants though they hadfled to him for protection; but suffered Shimei to take them away fromhis royal city.
2:40 To seek his servants - By seeking his servants, saysBp. Hall, he lost himself. These earthly things either are, or shouldbe our servants. How commonly do we see men run out of the bounds set byGod's laws, to hunt after them, till their souls incur a fearful judgment.
2:44 Thine heart - For which thine own conscience accuseth thee, andthere is no need of other witnesses. The Lord - God hath punished theefor thy former wickedness, by suffering thee to expose thyself to thydeserved death.
1 Kings Chapter 2 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
3 Deut. 29. 9. iosh.1.7. , Or, doe wisely.
4 2. Sam. 7.12. , Heb. be cut off from thee from the throne.
5 2.Sam.3. 27. , 2.Sam. 20.10. , Heb. put.
7 2.Sam. 19.31.
8 2.Sam. 16.5. , Heb. strong , 2.Sam. 19.23.
10 Act 2. 29.and 13. 36.
11 2.Sam.5.4 1. chron.29 26,27.
12 2. Chron. 29.23.
16 Heb. turne not away my face.
24 2.Sam.7. 12,13.
26 Heb. a man of death.
27 1.Sam.2. 31,35.
32 2.Sam. 3.27. , 2.Sam.20. 10.
46 2.Chron. 1.1.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
|< 1 Kings Chapter 1|
What Do You Think of 1 Kings 2?
Share your own thoughts or commentary here...
|< 1 Kings Chapter 1|