1 Kings 2:21
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English Standard Version
She said, “Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah your brother as his wife.”

King James Bible
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

American Standard Version
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she said: Let Abisag the Sunamitess be given to Adonias thy brother to wife.

English Revised Version
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she said, Let Abishag the Shunamite be given to Adonijah thy brother for a wife.

1 Kings 2:21 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Adonijah forfeits his life. - 1 Kings 2:13-18. Adonijah came to Bathsheba with the request that she would apply to king Solomon to give him Abishag of Shunem as his wife. Bathsheba asked him, "Is peace thy coming?" i.e., comest thou with a peaceable intention? (as in 1 Samuel 16:4), because after what had occurred (1 Kings 1:5.) she suspected an evil intention. He introduced his petition with these words: "Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel had set its face upon me that I should be king, then the kingdom turned about and became my brother's; for it became his from the Lord." The throne was his, not because he had usurped it, but because it belonged to him as the eldest son at that time, according to the right of primogeniture. Moreover it might have been the case that many of the people wished him to be king, and the fact that he had found adherents in Joab, Abiathar, and others, confirms this; but his assertion, that all Israel had set its eyes upon him as the future king, went beyond the bounds of truth. At the same time, he knew how to cover over the dangerous sentiment implied in his words in a very skilful manner by adding the further remark, that the transfer of the kingdom to his brother had come from Jehovah; so that Bathsheba did not detect the artifice, and promised to fulfil his request (1 Kings 2:16.) to intercede with king Solomon for Abishag to be given him to wife. את־פּני אל־תּשׁבי, "do not turn back my face," i.e., do not refuse my request.

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Cross References
1 Kings 1:3
So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

1 Kings 1:4
The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not.

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