F I R S T K I N G S
In this chapter we have David setting and Solomon
at the same time rising. I. The conclusion of David's reign with
his life. 1. The charge he gives to Solomon upon his death-bed, in
general, to serve God (ver.
1-4), in particular, concerning Joab, Barzillai, and
Shimei, ver. 5-9. 2. His
death and burial, and the years of his reign, ver. 10, 11. II. The beginning of
Solomon's reign, ver. 12.
Though he was to be a prince of peace, he began his reign with some
remarkable acts of justice, 1. Upon Adonijah, whom he put to death
for his aspiring pretensions, ver.
13-25. 2. Upon Abiathar, whom he deposed from the high
priesthood for siding with Adonijah, ver. 26, 27. 3. Upon Joab, who he put to
death for his late treasons and former murders, ver. 28-35. 4. Upon Shimei, whom, for
cursing David, he confined to Jerusalem (ver. 36-38), and three years after, for
transgressing the rules, put to death, ver. 39-46.