Bible: 1 Kings 2:5-9

2:5You know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me – how he murdered two commanders of the Israelite armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. 1  During peacetime he struck them down like he would in battle; 2  when he shed their blood as if in battle, he stained his own belt and the sandals on his feet. 3  2:6 Do to him what you think is appropriate, 4  but don’t let him live long and die a peaceful death. 5 

2:7Treat fairly 6  the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and provide for their needs, 7  because they helped me 8  when I had to flee from your brother Absalom.

2:8Note well, you still have to contend with Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, 9  who tried to call down upon me a horrible judgment when I went to Mahanaim. 10  He came down and met me at the Jordan, and I solemnly promised 11  him by the Lord, ‘I will not strike you down 12  with the sword.’ 2:9 But now 13  don’t treat him as if he were innocent. You are a wise man and you know how to handle him; 14  make sure he has a bloody death.” 15 

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