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1 Kings 1

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 1 Now King David was old and advanced in years; and they put covers over him, but he could not get warm.

 2 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 take care of him; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may get warm."

 3 So they sought a fair maiden throughout all the territory of Israel and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

 4 The maiden was very beautiful; and she waited on the king and cared for him. But the king did not know her carnally.

 5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I will be king." So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.

 6 Now his father had never in his life rebuked him by saying, "Why do you behave so?" He was also a very handsome man, and his mother had borne him next after Absalom.

 7 Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed Adonijah and helped him.

 8 But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.

 9 And Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enroghe; and he invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah who were the royal officials.

 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, and Solomon his brother.

 11 Therefore Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, "Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, reigns and David our lord does not know it?

 12  Come now therefore, let me give you counsel, that you may save your own life, and the life of your son Solomon.

 13 Go to king David and say to him, 'Did you not, my lord, O king, swear to your handmaid, saying, "Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?" Why then does Adonijah reign?'

 14 And behold, while you are still talking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words."

 15 So Bathsheba went in to the king in his chamber. Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite ministered to him.

 16 Then Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to the king. And the king said, "What do you wish?"

 17 And she said to him, "My lord, you swore by the LORD your God to your handmaid, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me and he shall sit upon my throne.'

 18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigns, and my lord the king, you do not know it.

 19 He has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king and Abiathar the priest and Joab the captain of the army. But he did not invite Solomon your servant.

 20 Now, my lord O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon you, that you should tell them who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.

 21 Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be counted as offenders."

 22 And lo, while she was still talking with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in.

 23 And they told the king, saying, "Here is Nathan the prophet." And when he had come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.

 24 Then Nathan said, "My lord, O king, have you said, 'Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?'

 25 For he has gone down this day and sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king's sons, the captains of the army, and Abiathar the priest; and behold, they eat and drink before him and say, 'Long live King Adonijah.'

 26 But has he not invited me, your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon.

 27 Is this thing done by my lord the king and you have not shown to your servants who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?"

 28 Then king David answered, "Call me Bathsheba." So she came into the king's presence and stood before the king.

 29 And the king swore and said, "As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all distress,

 30 Even as I swore to you by the LORD God of Israel, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son will reign after me, and he will sit upon my throne in my stead; even so I will certainly do this day.'"

 31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth and did obeisance to the king and said, "Let my lord King David live forever."

 32 And King David said, "Call me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada." And they came before the king.

 33 Then the king said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord and cause Solomon my son to ride upon my own mule and bring him down to Gihon.

 34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, 'Long live King Solomon!'

 35 Then you shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne, for he will be king in my stead; I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah."

 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, "Amen! May the LORD God of my lord the king, say so too.

 37 As the LORD has been with my lord the king, even so may he be with Solomon and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David."

 38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down and caused Solomon to ride upon king David's mule and brought him to Gihon.

 39 Then Zadok the priest took a horn of oil out of the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet and all the people said, "Long live King Solomon."

 40 And all the people came up after him; they piped with pipes and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth shook with the sound of them.

 41 Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished feasting. When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, "What is the meaning of this uproar in the city?"

 42 And while he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came; and Adonijah said to him, "Come in, for you are a trustworthy man and bring good tidings."

 43 But Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, "No! Our lord king David has made Solomon king.

 44 The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king's mule.

 45 And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon; they have come up from there rejoicing, so that the city resounds. This is the noise that you have heard.

 46  Solomon sits on the throne of the kingdom.

 47 And moreover the king's servants came to congratulate our lord King David, saying, 'May God make the name of Solomon better than your name and make his throne greater than your throne.' And the king bowed himself upon the bed,

 48 And said, 'Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who has granted one to sit on my throne this day, while my own eyes see it.'"

 49 Then all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid and rose up and went every man his way.

 50 Now Adonijah was afraid because of Solomon, and arose and went and took hold of the horns of the altar.

 51 Then Solomon was told, "Behold, Adonijah fears King Solomon, for lo, he has caught hold of the horns of the altar, saying, 'Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not slay his servant with the sword.'"

 52 And Solomon said, "If he will show himself to be a worthy man, not a hair of him shall fall to the earth; but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die."

 53 So King Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, "Go to your house."


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