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1 Kings chapter 1

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When King David was old and well advanced in years, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him.
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So his servants said to him, "Let us look for a young virgin to attend the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm."
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Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful girl and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
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The girl was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no intimate relations with her.
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Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, "I will be king." So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him.
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(His father had never interfered with him by asking, "Why do you behave as you do?" He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.)
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Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support.
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But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei and David's special guard did not join Adonijah.
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Adonijah then sacrificed sheep, cattle and fattened calves at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah who were royal officials,
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but he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the special guard or his brother Solomon.
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Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, "Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king without our lord David's knowing it?
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Now then, let me advise you how you can save your own life and the life of your son Solomon.
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Go in to King David and say to him, 'My lord the king, did you not swear to me your servant: "Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne"? Why then has Adonijah become king?'
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While you are still there talking to the king, I will come in and confirm what you have said."
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So Bathsheba went to see the aged king in his room, where Abishag the Shunammite was attending him.
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Bathsheba bowed low and knelt before the king. "What is it you want?" the king asked.
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She said to him, "My lord, you yourself swore to me your servant by the LORD your God: 'Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne.'
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But now Adonijah has become king, and you, my lord the king, do not know about it.
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He has sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep, and has invited all the king's sons, Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant.
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My lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to learn from you who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
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Otherwise, as soon as my lord the king is laid to rest with his fathers, I and my son Solomon will be treated as criminals."
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While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived.
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And they told the king, "Nathan the prophet is here." So he went before the king and bowed with his face to the ground.
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Nathan said, "Have you, my lord the king, declared that Adonijah shall be king after you, and that he will sit on your throne?
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Today he has gone down and sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep. He has invited all the king's sons, the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. Right now they are eating and drinking with him and saying, 'Long live King Adonijah!'
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But me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite.
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Is this something my lord the king has done without letting his servants know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?"
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Then King David said, "Call in Bathsheba." So she came into the king's presence and stood before him.
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The king then took an oath: "As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble,
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I will surely carry out today what I swore to you by the LORD, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place."
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Then Bathsheba bowed low with her face to the ground and, kneeling before the king, said, "May my lord King David live forever!"
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King David said, "Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada." When they came before the king,
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he said to them: "Take your lord's servants with you and set Solomon my son on my own mule and take him down to Gihon.
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There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, 'Long live King Solomon!'
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Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah."
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Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, "Amen! May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, so declare it.
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As the LORD was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David!"
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So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites went down and put Solomon on King David's mule and escorted him to Gihon.
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Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon!"
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And all the people went up after him, playing flutes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
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Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, "What's the meaning of all the noise in the city?"
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Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, "Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news."
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"Not at all!" Jonathan answered. "Our lord King David has made Solomon king.
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The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king's mule,
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and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds with it. That's the noise you hear.
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Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne.
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Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, 'May your God make Solomon's name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!' And the king bowed in worship on his bed
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and said, 'Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.'"
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At this, all Adonijah's guests rose in alarm and dispersed.
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But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar.
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Then Solomon was told, "Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, 'Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.'"
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Solomon replied, "If he shows himself to be a worthy man, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die."
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Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, "Go to your home."

1 Chronicles chapter 28

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David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the brave warriors.
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King David rose to his feet and said: "Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it.
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But God said to me, 'You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.'
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"Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the house of Judah he chose my family, and from my father's sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel.
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Of all my sons-- and the LORD has given me many-- he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel.
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He said to me: 'Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
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I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.'
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"So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.
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"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
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Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work."
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Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement.
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He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of the LORD and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things.
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He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of the LORD, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.
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He designated the weight of gold for all the gold articles to be used in various kinds of service, and the weight of silver for all the silver articles to be used in various kinds of service:
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the weight of gold for the gold lampstands and their lamps, with the weight for each lampstand and its lamps; and the weight of silver for each silver lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand;
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the weight of gold for each table for consecrated bread; the weight of silver for the silver tables;
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the weight of pure gold for the forks, sprinkling bowls and pitchers; the weight of gold for each gold dish; the weight of silver for each silver dish;
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and the weight of the refined gold for the altar of incense. He also gave him the plan for the chariot, that is, the cherubim of gold that spread their wings and shelter the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
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"All this," David said, "I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan."
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David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
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The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing man skilled in any craft will help you in all the work. The officials and all the people will obey your every command."

Psalm chapter 91

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
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Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
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He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
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You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
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nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
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A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
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You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
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If you make the Most High your dwelling-- even the LORD, who is my refuge--
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then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
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For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
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they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
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You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
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"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
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He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
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With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

1 Thessalonians chapter 5

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Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,
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for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
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While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
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But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
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You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
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So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.
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For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
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But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
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For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
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Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
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Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
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And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
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Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.
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Be joyful always;
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pray continually;
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give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
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Do not put out the Spirit's fire;
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do not treat prophecies with contempt.
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Test everything. Hold on to the good.
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Avoid every kind of evil.
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May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
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Brothers, pray for us.
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Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
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I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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