1 Kings 1

1 Kings 1

 
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30 today I decree that your son Solomon will be the next king and will sit on my throne, just as I swore to you before the LORD, the God of Israel."

31 Then Bathsheba bowed low before him again and exclaimed, "May my lord King David live forever!"

32 Then King David ordered, "Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada." When they came into the king's presence,

33 the king said to them, "Take Solomon and my officers down to Gihon Spring. Solomon is to ride on my personal mule.

34 There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpets and shout, `Long live King Solomon!'

35 When you bring him back here, he will sit on my throne. He will succeed me as king, for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah."

36 "Amen!" Benaiah son of Jehoiada replied. "May the LORD, the God of my lord the king, decree it to be so.

37 And may the LORD be with Solomon as he has been with you, and may he make Solomon's reign even greater than yours!"

38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the king's bodyguard* took Solomon down to Gihon Spring, and Solomon rode on King David's personal mule.1

39 There Zadok the priest took a flask of olive oil from the sacred tent and poured it on Solomon's head. Then the trumpets were blown, and all the people shouted, "Long live King Solomon!"

40 And all the people returned with Solomon to Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.

41 Adonijah and his guests heard the celebrating and shouting just as they were finishing their banquet. When Joab heard the sound of trumpets, he asked, "What's going on? Why is the city in such an uproar?"

42 And while he was still speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. "Come in," Adonijah said to him, "for you are a good man. You must have good news."

43 "Not at all!" Jonathan replied. "Our lord King David has just declared Solomon king!

44 The king sent him down to Gihon Spring with Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, protected by the king's bodyguard. They had him ride on the king's own mule,

45 and Zadok and Nathan have anointed him as the new king. They have just returned, and the whole city is celebrating and rejoicing. That's what all the noise is about.

46 Moreover, Solomon is now sitting on the royal throne as king.

47 All the royal officials went to King David and congratulated him, saying, `May your God make Solomon's fame even greater than your own, and may Solomon's kingdom be even greater than yours!' Then the king bowed his head in worship as he lay in his bed,

48 and he spoke these words: `Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who today has chosen someone to sit on my throne while I am still alive to see it.' "

49 Then all of Adonijah's guests jumped up in panic from the banquet table and quickly went their separate ways.

50 Adonijah himself was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and caught hold of the horns of the altar.

51 Word soon reached Solomon that Adonijah had seized the horns of the altar and that he was pleading, "Let Solomon swear today that he will not kill me!"

52 Solomon replied, "If he proves himself to be loyal, he will not be harmed.* But if he does not, he will die."2

53 So King Solomon summoned Adonijah, and they brought him down from the altar. He came and bowed low before the king, and Solomon dismissed him, saying, "Go on home."

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Notes:

1: Hebrew the Kerethites and Pelethites; also in 1:44.

2: Hebrew not a hair on his head will be touched.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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