On the other hand, Adonijah, David's fourth son, advocated the infliction of condign punishment on Absalom.
Adonijah was very good-looking and was the next younger son after Absalom.
But Adonijah in his fear of Solomon went and caught hold of the horns of the altar.
What his age was at the date of Adonijah's rebellion we do not know.
She asked whether he was really indifferent to the peril of herself and of Solomon, for Adonijah's success would mean their doom.
But for their intervention on this occasion Adonijah would have become king.
He had given Adonijah a conditional pardon, limited to good behavior on his part.
But Adonijah was not like Absalom—he did not wish to excite a rebellion.
"There's just twenty-four of us, Vosh," said Adonijah Bunce.
He put his brother Adonijah to death for his attempt to seize the throne.
my Lord is Jehovah. (1.) The fourth son of David (2 Sam. 3:4). After the death of his elder brothers, Amnon and Absalom, he became heir-apparent to the throne. But Solomon, a younger brother, was preferred to him. Adonijah, however, when his father was dying, caused himself to be proclaimed king. But Nathan and Bathsheba induced David to give orders that Solomon should at once be proclaimed and admitted to the throne. Adonijah fled and took refuge at the altar, and received pardon for his conduct from Solomon on the condition that he showed himself "a worthy man" (1 Kings 1:5-53). He afterwards made a second attempt to gain the throne, but was seized and put to death (1 Kings 2:13-25). (2.) A Levite sent with the princes to teach the book of the law to the inhabitants of Judah (2 Chr. 17:8). (3.) One of the "chiefs of the people" after the Captivity (Neh. 10:16).