Introduction to 1 Kings Chapter 2

This chapter gives an account of the charge David gave to his son Solomon, a little before his death, to walk in the ways of the Lord, 1 Kings 2:1; and of some instructions delivered to him concerning some particular persons he should either show favour to, or execute justice on, 1 Kings 2:5; and the next account in it is concerning his death and burial, and the years of his reign, 1 Kings 2:10; after which it relates an address of Bathsheba to Solomon in favour of Adonijah, which was refused, and the issue of it was his death, 1 Kings 2:12; and the deposition of Abiathar from the priesthood, 1 Kings 2:26; and the putting of Joab to death for his treason and murders, 1 Kings 2:28; in whose post Benaiah was put, as Zadok was in the place of Abiathar, 1 Kings 2:35; and lastly the confinement of Shimei in Jerusalem, who had cursed David, 1 Kings 2:36; who upon transgressing the orders given him was put to death, 1 Kings 2:39.