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Book 11 1 Kings
001:001 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered
him with clothes, but he got no heat.
001:002 Therefore his servants said to him, Let there be sought for
my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before
the king, and cherish him; and let her lie in your bosom,
that my lord the king may keep warm.
001:003 So they sought for a beautiful young lady throughout all
the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite,
and brought her to the king.
001:004 The young lady was very beautiful; and she cherished the king,
and ministered to him; but the king didn't know her intimately.
001:005 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying,
I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen,
and fifty men to run before him.
001:006 His father had not displeased him at any time in saying,
Why have you done so? and he was also a very goodly man;
and he was born after Absalom.
001:007 He conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar
the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.
001:008 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada,
and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty
men who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
001:009 Adonijah killed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone
of Zoheleth, which is beside En Rogel; and he called all
his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah,
the king's servants:
001:010 but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men,
and Solomon his brother, he didn't call.
001:011 Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying,
Haven't you heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith reigns,
and David our lord doesn't know it?
001:012 Now therefore come, please let me give you counsel, that you
may save your own life, and the life of your son Solomon.
001:013 Go and get you in to king David, and tell him, Didn't you,
my lord, king, swear to your handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon
your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne?
why then does Adonijah reign?
001:014 Behold, while you yet talk there with the king, I also will
come in after you, and confirm your words.
001:015 Bathsheba went in to the king into the chamber: and the king
was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering
to the king.
001:016 Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance to the king. The king said,
What would you?
001:017 She said to him, My lord, you swore by Yahweh your God
to your handmaid, [saying], Assuredly Solomon your son shall
reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.
001:018 Now, behold, Adonijah reigns; and you, my lord the king,
don't know it:
001:019 and he has slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance,
and has called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest,
and Joab the captain of the army; but he hasn't called
Solomon your servant.
001:020 You, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you,
that you should tell them who shall sit on the throne of my
lord the king after him.
001:021 Otherwise it will happen, when my lord the king shall
sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall
be counted offenders.
001:022 Behold, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the
prophet came in.
001:023 They told the king, saying, Behold, Nathan the prophet.
When he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before
the king with his face to the ground.
001:024 Nathan said, My lord, king, have you said, Adonijah shall
reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne?
001:025 For he is gone down this day, and has slain oxen and fatlings
and sheep in abundance, and has called all the king's sons,
and the captains of the army, and Abiathar the priest;
and behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and say,
[Long] live king Adonijah.
001:026 But he hasn't called me, even me your servant, and Zadok the priest,
and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon.
001:027 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and you haven't shown
to your servants who should sit on the throne of my lord
the king after him?
001:028 Then king David answered, Call to me Bathsheba.
She came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
001:029 The king swore, and said, As Yahweh lives, who has redeemed
my soul out of all adversity,
001:030 most certainly as I swore to you by Yahweh, the God of Israel,
saying, Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me,
and he shall sit on my throne in my place; most certainly
so will I do this day.
001:031 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did obeisance
to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live forever.
001:032 King David said, Call to me Zadok the priest, and Nathan
the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. They came
before the king.
001:033 The king said to them, Take with you the servants of your lord,
and cause Solomon my son to ride on my own mule, and bring
him down to Gihon:
001:034 and let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him
there king over Israel; and blow you the trumpet, and say,
[Long] live king Solomon.
001:035 Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit
on my throne; for he shall be king in my place; and I have
appointed him to be prince over Israel and over Judah.
001:036 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king,
and said, Amen: Yahweh, the God of my lord the king,
say so [too].
001:037 As Yahweh has been with my lord the king, even so be
he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne
of my lord king David.
001:038 So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites,
went down, and caused Solomon to ride on king David's mule,
and brought him to Gihon.
001:039 Zadok the priest took the horn of oil out of the Tent,
and anointed Solomon. They blew the trumpet; and all
the people said, [Long] live king Solomon.
001:040 All the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes,
and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth shook with
the sound of them.
001:041 Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they
had made an end of eating. When Joab heard the sound
of the trumpet, he said, Why is this noise of the city being
in an uproar?
001:042 While he yet spoke, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar
the priest came: and Adonijah said, Come in; for you are
a worthy man, and bring good news.
001:043 Jonathan answered Adonijah, Most certainly our lord king David
has made Solomon king:
001:044 and the king has sent with him Zadok the priest,
and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada,
and the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they have caused
him to ride on the king's mule;
001:045 and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him
king in Gihon; and they are come up from there rejoicing,
so that the city rang again. This is the noise that
you have heard.
001:046 Also Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom.
001:047 Moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord
king David, saying, Your God make the name of Solomon better
than your name, and make his throne greater than your throne:
and the king bowed himself on the bed.
001:048 Also thus said the king, Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,
who has given one to sit on my throne this day, my eyes
even seeing it.
001:049 All the guests of Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went
every man his way.
001:050 Adonijah feared because of Solomon; and he arose, and went,
and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
001:051 It was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah fears king Solomon;
for, behold, he has laid hold on the horns of the altar,
saying, Let king Solomon swear to me first that he will not
kill his servant with the sword.
001:052 Solomon said, If he shall show himself a worthy man, there shall
not a hair of him fall to the earth; but if wickedness be found
in him, he shall die.
001:053 So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar.
He came and did obeisance to king Solomon; and Solomon said
to him, Go to your house.
002:001 Now the days of David drew near that he should die;
and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
002:002 I am going the way of all the earth: be you strong therefore,
and show yourself a man;
002:003 and keep the charge of Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways,
to keep his statutes, [and] his commandments, and his ordinances,
and his testimonies, according to that which is written
in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do,
and wherever you turn yourself.
002:004 That Yahweh may establish his word which he spoke concerning me,
saying, If your children take heed to their way, to walk
before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,
there shall not fail you (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
002:005 Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me,
even what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel,
to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether,
whom he killed, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put
the blood of war on his sash that was about his waist,
and in his shoes that were on his feet.
002:006 Do therefore according to your wisdom, and don't let his gray
head go down to Sheol in peace.
002:007 But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite,
and let them be of those who eat at your table; for so they
came to me when I fled from Absalom your brother.
002:008 Behold, there is with you Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjamite,
of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I
went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the Jordan,
and I swore to him by Yahweh, saying, I will not put you
to death with the sword.
002:009 Now therefore don't hold him guiltless, for you are a wise man;
and you will know what you ought to do to him, and you shall
bring his gray head down to Sheol with blood.
002:010 David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
002:011 The days that David reigned over Israel were forty years;
seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty-three years
reigned he in Jerusalem.
002:012 Solomon sat on the throne of David his father; and his kingdom
was established greatly.
002:013 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba
the mother of Solomon. She said, Come you peaceably?
He said, Peaceably.
002:014 He said moreover, I have somewhat to tell you.
She said, Say on.
002:015 He said, You know that the kingdom was mine, and that all
Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign:
however the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother's;
for it was his from Yahweh.
002:016 Now I ask one petition of you; don't deny me. She said
to him, Say on.
002:017 He said, "Please speak to Solomon the king (for he will not tell
you 'no'), that he give me Abishag the Shunammite as wife."
002:018 Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for you to the king.
002:019 Bathsheba therefore went to king Solomon, to speak to him
for Adonijah. The king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself
to her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a throne to be
set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand.
002:020 Then she said, I ask one small petition of you; don't deny me.
The king said to her, Ask on, my mother; for I will not deny you.
002:021 She said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah
your brother as wife.
002:022 King Solomon answered his mother, Why do you ask Abishag
the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also;
for he is my elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar
the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.
002:023 Then king Solomon swore by Yahweh, saying, God do so to me,
and more also, if Adonijah has not spoken this word against
his own life.
002:024 Now therefore as Yahweh lives, who has established me,
and set me on the throne of David my father, and who has made
me a house, as he promised, surely Adonijah shall be put
to death this day.
002:025 King Solomon sent by Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell
on him, so that he died.
002:026 To Abiathar the priest said the king, Get you to Anathoth,
to your own fields; for you are worthy of death:
but I will not at this time put you to death, because you bear
the ark of the Lord Yahweh before David my father, and because
you were afflicted in all in which my father was afflicted.
002:027 So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest to Yahweh,
that he might fulfill the word of Yahweh, which he spoke
concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh.
002:028 The news came to Joab; for Joab had turned after Adonijah,
though he didn't turn after Absalom. Joab fled to the Tent
of Yahweh, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
002:029 It was told king Solomon, Joab is fled to the Tent of Yahweh,
and behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah
the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall on him.
002:030 Benaiah came to the Tent of Yahweh, and said to him, Thus says
the king, Come forth. He said, No; but I will die here.
Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab,
and thus he answered me.
002:031 The king said to him, Do as he has said, and fall on him,
and bury him; that you may take away the blood, which Joab
shed without cause, from me and from my father's house.
002:032 Yahweh will return his blood on his own head, because he fell
on two men more righteous and better than he, and killed
them with the sword, and my father David didn't know it,
[to wit], Abner the son of Ner, captain of the army of Israel,
and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the army of Judah.
002:033 So shall their blood return on the head of Joab, and on
the head of his seed forever: but to David, and to his seed,
and to his house, and to his throne, shall there be peace
for ever from Yahweh.
002:034 Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell on him,
and killed him; and he was buried in his own house
in the wilderness.
002:035 The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the army;
and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar.
002:036 The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him,
Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there,
and don't go forth from there any where.
002:037 For on the day you go out, and pass over the brook Kidron,
know you for certain that you shall surely die:
your blood shall be on your own head.
002:038 Shimei said to the king, The saying is good:
as my lord the king has said, so will your servant do.
Shimei lived in Jerusalem many days.
002:039 It happened at the end of three years, that two of the servants
of Shimei ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, king of Gath.
They told Shimei, saying, Behold, your servants are in Gath.
002:040 Shimei arose, and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish,
to seek his servants; and Shimei went, and brought his
servants from Gath.
002:041 It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath,
and was come again.
002:042 The king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, Didn't I
adjure you by Yahweh, and protest to you, saying, Know for certain,
that on the day you go out, and walk abroad any where,
you shall surely die? and you said to me, The saying that I
have heard is good.
002:043 Why then have you not kept the oath of Yahweh, and the commandment
that I have charged you with?
002:044 The king said moreover to Shimei, You know all the wickedness
which your heart is privy to, that you did to David my father:
therefore Yahweh shall return your wickedness on your own head.
002:045 But king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David
shall be established before Yahweh forever.
002:046 So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada;
and he went out, and fell on him, so that he died.
The kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.
003:001 Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took
Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David,
until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house
of Yahweh, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
003:002 Only the people sacrificed in the high places, because there
was no house built for the name of Yahweh until those days.
003:003 Solomon loved Yahweh, walking in the statutes of David his father:
only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
003:004 The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was
the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon
offer on that altar.
003:005 In Gibeon Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream by night;
and God said, Ask what I shall give you.
003:006 Solomon said, You have shown to your servant David my father
great loving kindness, according as he walked before you in truth,
and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you;
and you have kept for him this great loving kindness,
that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it
is this day.
003:007 Now, Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king instead
of David my father: and I am but a little child; I don't
know how to go out or come in.
003:008 Your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen,
a great people, that can't be numbered nor counted for multitude.
003:009 Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge
your people, that I may discern between good and evil;
for who is able to judge this your great people?
003:010 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
003:011 God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have
not asked for yourself long life, neither have asked riches
for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies,
but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice;
003:012 behold, I have done according to your word: behold, I have
given you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there
has been none like you before you, neither after you shall
any arise like you.
003:013 I have also given you that which you have not asked,
both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among
the kings like you, all your days.
003:014 If you will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments,
as your father David did walk, then I will lengthen your days.
003:015 Solomon awoke; and behold, it was a dream: and he came
to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh,
and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings,
and made a feast to all his servants.
003:016 Then there came two women who were prostitutes, to the king,
and stood before him.
003:017 The one woman said, Oh, my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house;
and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
003:018 It happened the third day after I was delivered, that this
woman was delivered also; and we were together; there was no
stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
003:019 This woman's child died in the night, because she lay on it.
003:020 She arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me,
while your handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom,
and laid her dead child in my bosom.
003:021 When I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead;
but when I had looked at it in the morning, behold, it was
not my son, whom I bore.
003:022 The other woman said, No; but the living is my son, and the dead
is your son. This said, No; but the dead is your son,
and the living is my son. Thus they spoke before the king.
003:023 Then said the king, The one says, This is my son who lives,
and your son is the dead: and the other says, No; but your
son is the dead, and my son is the living.
003:024 The king said, Get me a sword. They brought a sword
before the king.
003:025 The king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half
to the one, and half to the other.
003:026 Then spoke the woman whose the living child was to the king,
for her heart yearned over her son, and she said, Oh, my lord,
give her the living child, and in no way kill it.
But the other said, It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide it.
003:027 Then the king answered, Give her the living child, and in no
way kill it: she is the mother of it.
003:028 All Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged;
and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God
was in him, to do justice.
004:001 King Solomon was king over all Israel.
004:002 These were the princes whom he had: Azariah the son
of Zadok, the priest;
004:003 Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the
son of Ahilud, the recorder;
004:004 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the army; and Zadok
and Abiathar were priests;
004:005 and Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; and Zabud
the son of Nathan was chief minister, [and] the king's friend;
004:006 and Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son
of Abda was over the men subject to forced labor.
004:007 Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided
food for the king and his household: each man had to make
provision for a month in the year.
004:008 These are their names: Ben Hur, in the hill country of Ephraim;
004:009 Ben Deker, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth Shemesh,
and Elon Beth Hanan;
004:010 Ben Hesed, in Arubboth (to him [pertained] Socoh, and all
the land of Hepher);
004:011 Ben Abinadab, in all the height of Dor (he had Taphath
the daughter of Solomon as wife);
004:012 Baana the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all
Beth Shean which is beside Zarethan, beneath Jezreel,
from Beth Shean to Abel Meholah, as far as beyond Jokmeam;
004:013 Ben Geber, in Ramoth Gilead (to him [pertained] the towns
of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; [even] to
him [pertained] the region of Argob, which is in Bashan,
sixty great cities with walls and bronze bars);
004:014 Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;
004:015 Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath the daughter
of Solomon as wife);
004:016 Baana the son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth;
004:017 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar;
004:018 Shimei the son of Ela, in Benjamin;
004:019 Geber the son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country
of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Bashan;
and [he was] the only officer who was in the land.
004:020 Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is by the sea
in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry.
004:021 Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to
the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt:

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