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a son of David, put to death at the order of Solomon. II Sam. 3:4; I Kings 2:19–25.
Historical Examples

On the other hand, Adonijah, David’s fourth son, advocated the infliction of condign punishment on Absalom.
History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

Adonijah was very good-looking and was the next younger son after Absalom.
The Children’s Bible Henry A. Sherman

But Adonijah in his fear of Solomon went and caught hold of the horns of the altar.
The Children’s Bible Henry A. Sherman

What his age was at the date of Adonijah’s rebellion we do not know.
The Expositor’s Bible: The First Book of Kings F. W. Farrar

She asked whether he was really indifferent to the peril of herself and of Solomon, for Adonijah’s success would mean their doom.
The Expositor’s Bible: The First Book of Kings F. W. Farrar

But for their intervention on this occasion Adonijah would have become king.
The Expositor’s Bible: The First Book of Kings F. W. Farrar

He had given Adonijah a conditional pardon, limited to good behavior on his part.
Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke

But Adonijah was not like Absalom—he did not wish to excite a rebellion.
History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6) Heinrich Graetz

“There’s just twenty-four of us, Vosh,” said Adonijah Bunce.
Winter Fun William O. Stoddard

He put his brother Adonijah to death for his attempt to seize the throne.
Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke

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).


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