David (to young Solomon), "My time to die is near. So be strong and show yourself a man (you can do this). 1 Kings 2:2

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano, 1946-1993 US basketball coach, sportscaster

David (to Solomon) Obey the Lord your God. Follow him by obeying his demands, his commands, his laws, and his rules that are written in the teachings of Moses. If you do these things, you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. 1 Kings 2:3

Credible conviction is contagious.

(David to Solomon) God . promised me . ‘If (conditional) your sons watch their step, staying true to me heart and soul, you'll always have a successor on Israel's throne’.1 Kings 2:4

By keeping His statutes and commandments.— with reverent care (summed up) in the great law of love, we shall put ourselves in the way of enjoying a continuance of that favor which God has promised. F. B. Meyer, Our Daily Bread

(Solomon) you know that Joab shed the blood of war in peacetime (David had looked the other way). Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace. 1 Kings 2:5,6

Our failures often land on the shoulders of others; be responsible to fortify their backs and encourage them to overcome.

(David died after a 40 year reign) And Solomon sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established (through David’s long hard fight). 1 Kings 2:12

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton, 1642-1727, English mathematician, philosopher