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Mother, incited and directed by a Prophet,87 whom Adonijah had not invited to a Royal Festival,88 frustrated the Design: she and the Prophet obliged David to declare himself in favour of Solomon, and to give all necessary Orders for the Inauguration of this young Prince. Adonijah thought he was undone, and fled for Refuge to the horns of the Altar; but Solomon assured him he would do him no hurt, provided he behaved himself well.89 However, he caused him to be put to Death, for a Reason that seems frivolous enough: I mean because Adonijah had asked in Marriage the Shunamite, who had served to cherish David.90 This confirms what I said before, that this Royal Prophet was unfortunate in his Children. They had no natural affection, neither to him, nor one another. Here the wisest of them all sheds the Blood of his eldest Brother for a trifle: for, we must not imagine he would have put him to Death because of the Irregularity of his Love. All the Sons of David should have looked on the Shunamite as a forbidden fruit. Her Virginity had belonged to their Father; and he would actually have taken Possession of it, had he been able. Adonijah was therefore to blame to cast his Eyes upon this Girl, but it was not for this Reason his Brother killed him: it was because his demand roused the Jealousy of Solomon, and made him fear, that by the frequent practice of asking favours, he would soon bethink himself to make the best of his Birthright.91 A policy, in some respects, like that of the Ottomans, made him lose his life.]

Hobbes ( THOMAS), one of the greatest geniuses of the XVIIth century, was born at Malmesbury in England the fifth of April 1588.A

[His mother, frighted with the reports that were current of the approach of the Spanish Armada, was delivered of

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87
By the Prophet Nathan.
88
I Kings, chap.i, ver.10, and 26.
90
Ib. chap.ii.
91
I Kings, chap.ii, ver.22.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Editorial Notes xxxiii
  • ABDAS 3
  • ADAM 8
  • ANABAPTISTS 26
  • AUGUSTIN 49
  • BERNARD 77
  • CASTILE 83
  • CONSTANCE 93
  • DAVID 96
  • Hobbes 125
  • JAPAN 142
  • KNUZEN 153
  • MANICHEES 157
  • POQUELIN 183
  • PYRRHO 202
  • REMOND 225
  • RUGGERI 241
  • SARAH 262
  • SPINOZA 291
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