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Now Adonijah, the son of Haggith, was exalting himself, saying, “I will be king.” Then he prepared chariots and horsemen for himself, and 50 men to run before him. Bible other translations

“Adonijah, the son of Haggith.” This formula, “person, the son of someone,” usually designates the son and who is their father, but David was Adonijah’s father; Haggith was his mother. David had a number of wives, and their children became rivals.

“chariots.” This could also be translated “a chariot” but it is likely a collective singular.

“he prepared chariots and horsemen for himself, and 50 men.” Similar to what his half-brother Absalom had done (2 Sam. 15:1).


Commentary for: 1 Kings 1:5