New International Version
But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar.
King James Bible
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
Darby Bible Translation
And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose and went and caught hold of the horns of the altar.
World English Bible
Adonijah feared because of Solomon; and he arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
Young's Literal Translation
and Adonijah feareth because of Solomon, and riseth, and goeth, and layeth hold on the horns of the altar.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Adonijah feared - He knew he had usurped the kingdom, and had not his father's consent; and, as he finds now that Solomon is appointed by David, he knows well that the people will immediately respect that appointment, and that his case is hopeless; he therefore took sanctuary, and, fleeing to the tabernacle, laid hold on one of the horns of the altar, as if appealing to the protection of God against the violence of men. The altar was a privileged place, and it was deemed sacrilege to molest a man who had taken refuge there. See 1 Kings 2:28.
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'Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king. 29. And the king sware, and said, As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, 30. Even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. 31. Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, …
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Make a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar are of one piece, and overlay the altar with bronze.
Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns. This annual atonement must be made with the blood of the atoning sin offering for the generations to come. It is most holy to the LORD."
1 Kings 1:49
At this, all Adonijah's guests rose in alarm and dispersed.
1 Kings 1:51
Then Solomon was told, "Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, 'Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.'"
1 Kings 2:28
When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns of the altar.
Above that, the altar hearth is four cubits high, and four horns project upward from the hearth.
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