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Adonijah (ăd'o-nî'jah), my lord is Jehovah. 1. The fourth son of David, by Haggith, born at Hebron. 2 Samuel 3:4; 1 Chronicles 3:2. When his father was old, he, being a man of fine person and probably popular, aspired to the crown, in order to exclude Solomon. He was joined by Joab and Abiathar, and seems to have had the countenance of his brothers. But David, being informed by Bath-sheba and Nathan, immediately ordered Solomon to be anointed king; and the intelligence of this broke up the conspiracy. Solomon promised, if Adonijah remained quiet, that this offence should be overlooked. 1 Kings 1:1-53. He did not remain quiet, but, after David's death, persuaded Bath-sheba to ask for him Abishag, a woman of bis father's harem. Solomon, regarding this as a renewal of his attempt upon the crown, commanded him to be executed. 1 Kings 2:13-25. 2. A Levite in Jehoshaphat's time. 2 Chronicles 17:8. 3. One who sealed the covenant. Nehemiah 10:16.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Adonijah'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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