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Why was Adonijah's request so egregious that Solomon ordered his death?



      

1 Kings 2:23

ESV - 23 Then King Solomon swore by the Lord, saying, "God do so to me and more also if this word does not cost Adonijah his life!

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Stringio Joseph Wade Turner Christian, Sunday School Teacher, Actor, Health Food Worker
Even though David had never had 'relations' with Abishag, she still had ministered to his most intimate needs. She would have been considered his concubine and a part of his harem. And we remember what happened to Absalom. (2 Samuel 16:21)

Basically, while on the surface it merely appeared that Adonijah was looking for a beautiful woman, the underlying threat was that it was Adonijah's way of attempting to circumvent God's will and subvert his brother by still establishing a claim to the throne. Solomon saw through this and rightly judged Adonijah for his rebellion against Solomon and, more egregiously, God. 

https://net.bible.org/#!bible/1+Kings+2:19

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