1 Kings, Chapter 2

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David’s Last Will for Solomon

David’s last will and testament for Solomon is that he should exert positive influence on his people and the world, impart his wisdom and knowledge, reinforce his faith and reverence for God, and keep the law of Moses. David assures Solomon that if he does this, both he and his household will live for many years. The dying king emphasizes that wisdom is the main component of good governance—if his son remembers this, his rule and dynasty will thrive. David also orders Solomon to eliminate those who connive against him—particularly, Joab and Shimei. The new king carries out his father’s last request. Furthermore, he executes Adonijah and expels Abiathar from the city. King David dies and is buried in Jerusalem. Solomon can now usher Israel into an era of growth and prosperity.

“Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses” (1 Kings 2:1-4)

“Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace” (1 Kings 2:6)

“So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David” (1 Kings 2:10)

Whether from teachers or experience, the lessons we learn guide us toward leading a masterful life.