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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 2:12-25

Here is, I. Solomon's accession to the throne, 1 Kgs. 2:12. He came to it much more easily and peaceably than David did, and much sooner saw his government established. It is happy for a kingdom when the end of one good reign is the beginning of another, as it was here. II. His just and necessary removal of Adonijah his rival, in order to the establishment of his throne. Adonijah had made some bold pretensions to the crown, but was soon obliged to let them fail and throw himself upon Solomon's... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 2:13

And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon ,.... Into her apartment; Abarbinel thinks it was a few days after the death of David: and she said, comest thou peaceably ? in a friendly manner, with no ill design, only to pay a friendly visit; for she might fear he came to avenge himself on her, and destroy her, because she had been the instrument of disappointing him of the kingdom, and of getting her son Solomon set upon the throne, and established in it; and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 2:14

He said, moreover, I have something to say unto thee ,.... Signifying that he came upon business: and she said, say on ; intimating her readiness to hear what it was. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 2:15

And he said, thou knowest that the kingdom was mine ,.... Belonged to him by virtue of his birthright; he was heir to it, being the eldest son: and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign ; which was not true; for, as Bathsheba says, the body of the people were in suspense, their eyes being on David, waiting to hear whom he would declare his successor; and when Solomon was declared and anointed, vast numbers attended him; unless Adonijah thought that the high priest,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 2:15

Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine - It certainly was his by the right of primogeniture, and it was his by the voice of the people, and the consent of the high priest. But there was a right paramount to all these, the right of God; it was his kingdom; the kings were his lieutenants, and he had a right to give the crown to whomsoever he pleased, and he was pleased to give it to Solomon. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 2:13

And Adonijah, the son of Haggith, came to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. [The LXX . adds καὶ προσεκύνησεν αὐτη , but the words are probably inserted from 1 Kings 2:19 . The historian now relates the plot of Adonijah and its defeat. Foiled in his purpose to mount the throne by direct means, Adonijah and his advisers have recourse to intrigue and subtlety. By the aid of Abishag, he hopes to accomplish what his chariots and horsemen ( 1 Kings 1:5 ) had failed to effect. And he... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 2:14

He said moreover [Heb. And he said ] I have somewhat to say unto thee [lit; "a word to me (cf. est mihi ) for thee." This expression throws some light on the New Testament phrase, τί ἐμοι καὶ σοί , John 2:4 , etc.] And she said, Say on. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 2:15

And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine [ schon so gut wie mein (Bähr). Adonijah evidently made much of the right of primogeniture (cf. 1 Kings 2:22 ), which was not unrecognized amongst the Jews. There is possibly in these words, too, a hint at the part Bathsheba had taken in defeating his claims] and that all Israel set their faces [ i.e; eyes] upon me that I should reign [Heb. upon me all Israel set, etc. The " me " is emphatic by its position. So is the " ... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 2:13-15

1 Kings 2:13-15. She said, Comest thou peaceably? Or with some evil design against me or my son? which she might well suspect, knowing his ambition and envy at Solomon, and his hatred against her, as the chief cause of his being cast down from his aspiring views and high hopes. He said, Thou knowest that the kingdom is mine Both by right of primogeniture and actual inauguration. And all Israel set their faces on me They looked on me as their king and my father’s successor, and expected... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 2:1-46

Opponents of Solomon executed (2:1-46)As he saw his death approaching, David passed on to Solomon advice aimed at ensuring stability to his reign and good government for God’s people. The first and most important point was a reminder to be faithful to God. God’s promises of a prosperous kingdom and a lasting dynasty required David and his successors to be obedient to God’s will. Without obedience, there was no guarantee of blessing (2:1-4; 1 Chronicles 22:6-16).David’s second piece of advice to... read more

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