138. If he shows himself to be a worthy man, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground (1 Kings 1:52).
Adonijah had tried to fill the void David left on Israel’s throne. But now David has filled the slot with Solomon and Adonjiah fears for his life. Like kings in other lands, Solomon could have chosen to kill Adonijah, but instead he gave him a chance to recover and be a productive part of the kingdom. This mercy is filled with wisdom. Solomon gives his brother a chance to prove himself rather than launching his own kingdom with bloodshed or perhaps even civil war. Yet, he also indicates that Adonijah should make an effort to prove his loyalty rather than just assuming that “no news is good news.”