horns of the altar
1 Kings 1:50
1:50 horns of the altar. It had evidently become the practice of those who had committed crimes, especially if they were unintentional, to flee to the tabernacle (like a city of refuge), and hold on to the horns on the altar (note Exodus 21:12-14). First Adonijah and soon Joab (I Kings 2:28-34) would seek to escape punishment for this treasonous conspiracy by this action.