1 Kings 2:25
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New International Version
So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he struck down Adonijah and he died.

New Living Translation
So King Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him, and Adonijah was put to death.

English Standard Version
So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he struck him down, and he died.

Berean Study Bible
So King Solomon sent the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who struck down Adonijah, and he died.

New American Standard Bible
So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him so that he died.

King James Bible
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

Christian Standard Bible
Then King Solomon dispatched Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who struck down Adonijah, and he died.

Contemporary English Version
"Benaiah," Solomon shouted, "go kill Adonijah." So Adonijah died.

Good News Translation
So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah, who went out and killed Adonijah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then King Solomon gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who struck down Adonijah, and he died.

International Standard Version
So King Solomon sent for Jehoiada's son Benaiah, who attacked and killed Adonijah.

NET Bible
King Solomon then sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he killed Adonijah.

New Heart English Bible
King Solomon sent by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him, so that he died.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
King Solomon gave this task to Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. Benaiah attacked and killed Adonijah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him, so that he died.

New American Standard 1977
So King Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him so that he died.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

King James 2000 Bible
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he struck him down so that he died.

American King James Version
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him that he died.

American Standard Version
And king Solomon sent by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him, so that he died.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Banaias the son of Joiada, who slew him, and he died.

Darby Bible Translation
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; who fell on him, that he died.

English Revised Version
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him, that he died.

Webster's Bible Translation
And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died.

World English Bible
King Solomon sent by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him, so that he died.

Young's Literal Translation
And king Solomon sendeth by the hand of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he falleth upon him, and he dieth.
Study Bible
The Execution of Adonijah
24And now, as surely as the LORD lives—the One who established me, who set me on the throne of my father David, and who founded for me a dynasty as He promised—surely Adonijah shall be put to death today!” 25So King Solomon sent the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who struck down Adonijah, and he died. 26Then the king said to Abiathar the priest, “Go back to your fields in Anathoth. Even though you deserve to die, I will not put you to death at this time, since you carried the ark of the Lord GOD before my father David, and you suffered through all that my father suffered.”…
Cross References
2 Samuel 8:18
Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and Pelethites; and David's sons were priests.

2 Samuel 12:10
Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.'

1 Kings 2:29
It was reported to King Solomon: "Joab has fled to the tent of the LORD and is now beside the altar." So Solomon sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada, saying, "Go, strike him down!"

1 Kings 2:34
So Benaiah son of Jehoiada went up, struck down Joab, and killed him. He was buried at his own home in the wilderness.

1 Kings 2:46
Then the king commanded Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down, and he died. Thus the kingdom was firmly established in the hand of Solomon.

Treasury of Scripture

And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell on him that he died.

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(25) Sent by the hand of Benaiah.--The chief of the body-guard is the chief of "the executioners" (see 1Kings 1:38), apparently, in the case of great criminals, carrying out the sentence of condemnation with his own hand. (Comp. Judges 8:20-21.)

Verse 25. - And King Solomon sent by the hand [i.e., the instrumentality; not necessarily eigenhandig, as Thenius. Cf. Exodus 4:13; 1 Samuel 16:20, Hebrews; 1 Kings 12:15; 1 Kings 14:18; Jeremiah 37:2 ("which he spake by the hand of Jeremiah"), etc. The same expression is found in ver. 46 of this chapter] of Benaiah [in the East the captain of the king's bodyguard has always been the "chief of the executioners," the title given to Potiphar, Genesis 37:36, Hebrews; in 2 Kings 25:8 to Nebuzar-Adan; and in Daniel 2:14 to Arioch "the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men, etc.] and he fell upon him so that he died. [Solomon has been accused of "a coldblooded vengeance" and of "that jealous cruelty so common in Oriental despots," in ordering the execution of his brother. But unjustly. It is to be remembered that on the occasion of Adonijah's first rebellion the young monarch had displayed the greatest magnanimity towards him. He might then have justly decreed against him the death which no doubt the conspirators had designed against him (1 Kings 1:12.) Adonijah, by fleeing to the altar, showed that he had good grounds for fearing the avenging sword. He was clearly conscious that he had merited the death of the traitor. But Solomon spared him, during good behaviour. He warned him that "if wickedness were found in him" he should die (1 Kings 1:52.) His first treason, consequently, was not to be lost sight of, in case he were guilty of a fresh offence. And now that he is found conspiring again; now that he abuses the royal clemency, and seeks by chicanery and intrigue to snatch his brother's crown, the sentence of death takes effect. This renewed attempt, after failure and forgiveness, must have convinced the king that Adonijah's pretensions would be a standing menace to the peace and prosperity of his empire, and therefore he owed it to himself, to his subjects, and above all to God, who had entrusted him with the crown, to put this restless and dangerous plotter out of the way. To pass over a second offence would be a virtual encouragement of sedition, for it would show that the king was weak and might be trifled with. Adonijah therefore must die, not only in expiation of his treason, but as an example to the subjects of Solomon, that the disaffected, including all Adonijah's partizans, might be awed into obedience.

CHAPTER 2:26-35. THE DEPOSITION OF ABIATHAR AND THE DEATH OF JOAB. And King Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada,.... Orders to execute him, and proper persons to do it; perhaps some of the Cherethites and Pelethites under him, to assist at least in it:

and he fell upon him, that he died; Benaiah rushed in upon him with his men, and thrust his sword into him, and killed him; executions used to be done in those times and countries by great personages, as the instances of Gideon, Doeg, and others, show, and not by common executioners. 2:12-25 Solomon received Bathsheba with all the respect that was owing to a mother; but let none be asked for that which they ought not to grant. It ill becomes a good man to prefer a bad request, or to appear in a bad cause. According to eastern customs it was plain that Adonijah sought to be king, by his asking for Abishag as his wife, and Solomon could not be safe while he lived. Ambitious, turbulent spirits commonly prepare death for themselves. Many a head has been lost by catching at a crown.
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