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1 Kings chapter 2

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When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
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"I am about to go the way of all the earth," he said. "So be strong, show yourself a man,
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and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go,
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and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: 'If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'
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"Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me-- what he did to the two commanders of Israel's armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet.
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Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.
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"But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table. They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.
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"And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the LORD: 'I will not put you to death by the sword.'
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But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood."
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Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David.
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He had reigned forty years over Israel-- seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.
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So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.
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Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother. Bathsheba asked him, "Do you come peacefully?" He answered, "Yes, peacefully."
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Then he added, "I have something to say to you." "You may say it," she replied.
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"As you know," he said, "the kingdom was mine. All Israel looked to me as their king. But things changed, and the kingdom has gone to my brother; for it has come to him from the LORD.
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Now I have one request to make of you. Do not refuse me." "You may make it," she said.
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So he continued, "Please ask King Solomon-- he will not refuse you-- to give me Abishag the Shunammite as my wife."
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"Very well," Bathsheba replied, "I will speak to the king for you."
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When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king's mother, and she sat down at his right hand.
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"I have one small request to make of you," she said. "Do not refuse me." The king replied, "Make it, my mother; I will not refuse you."
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So she said, "Let Abishag the Shunammite be given in marriage to your brother Adonijah."
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King Solomon answered his mother, "Why do you request Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? You might as well request the kingdom for him-- after all, he is my older brother-- yes, for him and for Abiathar the priest and Joab son of Zeruiah!"
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Then King Solomon swore by the LORD: "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if Adonijah does not pay with his life for this request!
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And now, as surely as the LORD lives-- he who has established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as he promised-- Adonijah shall be put to death today!"
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So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.
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To Abiathar the priest the king said, "Go back to your fields in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I will not put you to death now, because you carried the ark of the Sovereign LORD before my father David and shared all my father's hardships."
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So Solomon removed Abiathar from the priesthood of the LORD, fulfilling the word the LORD had spoken at Shiloh about the house of Eli.
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When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns of the altar.
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King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar. Then Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada, "Go, strike him down!"
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So Benaiah entered the tent of the LORD and said to Joab, "The king says, 'Come out!'" But he answered, "No, I will die here." Benaiah reported to the king, "This is how Joab answered me."
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Then the king commanded Benaiah, "Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my father's house of the guilt of the innocent blood that Joab shed.
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The LORD will repay him for the blood he shed, because without the knowledge of my father David he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them-- Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army-- were better men and more upright than he.
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May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the LORD's peace forever."
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So Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up and struck down Joab and killed him, and he was buried on his own land in the desert.
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The king put Benaiah son of Jehoiada over the army in Joab's position and replaced Abiathar with Zadok the priest.
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Then the king sent for Shimei and said to him, "Build yourself a house in Jerusalem and live there, but do not go anywhere else.
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The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley, you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head."
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Shimei answered the king, "What you say is good. Your servant will do as my lord the king has said." And Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.
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But three years later, two of Shimei's slaves ran off to Achish son of Maacah, king of Gath, and Shimei was told, "Your slaves are in Gath."
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At this, he saddled his donkey and went to Achish at Gath in search of his slaves. So Shimei went away and brought the slaves back from Gath.
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When Solomon was told that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath and had returned,
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the king summoned Shimei and said to him, "Did I not make you swear by the LORD and warn you, 'On the day you leave to go anywhere else, you can be sure you will die'? At that time you said to me, 'What you say is good. I will obey.'
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Why then did you not keep your oath to the LORD and obey the command I gave you?"
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The king also said to Shimei, "You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.
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But King Solomon will be blessed, and David's throne will remain secure before the LORD forever."
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Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and killed him. The kingdom was now firmly established in Solomon's hands.

1 Chronicles chapter 29

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Then King David said to the whole assembly: "My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the LORD God.
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With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God-- gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble-- all of these in large quantities.
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Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple:
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three thousand talents of gold (gold of Ophir) and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for the overlaying of the walls of the buildings,
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for the gold work and the silver work, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?"
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Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly.
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They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron.
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Any who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.
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The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
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David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
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Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
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Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
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Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
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"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
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We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
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O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
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I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
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O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
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And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, requirements and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided."
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Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the LORD your God." So they all praised the LORD, the God of their fathers; they bowed low and fell prostrate before the LORD and the king.
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The next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and presented burnt offerings to him: a thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs, together with their drink offerings, and other sacrifices in abundance for all Israel.
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They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the LORD that day. Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the LORD to be ruler and Zadok to be priest.
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So Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of his father David. He prospered and all Israel obeyed him.
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All the officers and mighty men, as well as all of King David's sons, pledged their submission to King Solomon.
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The LORD highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel and bestowed on him royal splendor such as no king over Israel ever had before.
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David son of Jesse was king over all Israel.
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He ruled over Israel forty years-- seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.
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He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
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As for the events of King David's reign, from beginning to end, they are written in the records of Samuel the seer, the records of Nathan the prophet and the records of Gad the seer,
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together with the details of his reign and power, and the circumstances that surrounded him and Israel and the kingdoms of all the other lands.

Psalm chapter 95

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Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
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Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
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For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
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In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
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The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
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Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
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for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice,
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do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert,
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where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did.
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For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways."
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So I declared on oath in my anger, "They shall never enter my rest."

2 Thessalonians chapter 1

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Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
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Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
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Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
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All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
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God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
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and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
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He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
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They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power
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on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
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With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
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We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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