King David is old and frail. The mighty king David has come to the end of his time. Just like every person, there is the time when life is about to come to an end. So it is a time of succession. Who is going to to be the next king over Israel? David has many boys (2 Samuel 3:4), though the older ones have died through a variety of circumstances. Adonijah appears to be the apparent heir, next in line to the throne.
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