1 Kings 1:7-8 (NIV):
7 Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support. 8 But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei and David’s special guard did not join Adonijah.
Who, exactly, is Shimei here? Is he the same Shimei who cursed David when he fled from Absalom? If so, why does he now appear to be an important figure to David?
In either case, why was it a big deal that Shimei was not with Adonijah? I understand why Zadok, Nathan, and David's personal guard were important, but why was it noteworthy that Shimei wasn't with them?