David was very old and not feeling very well. People were worried about him, and his family was afraid he was going to die. His oldest son Adonijah, decided he wanted to be king. To prepare himself, he got horses, a chariot, and 50 men to run ahead of him. He was very handsome like Absalom had been and also proud. He had talked with Joab, the commander of David’s army, and Abiathar the priest and had their support.