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1 Kings 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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David in Old Age

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Now King David was old, advanced in age; and they covered him with clothes, but he could not keep warm.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:2 - So his servants said to him, “Let them seek a young virgin for my lord the king, and let her stand before the king and become his nurse; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may keep warm.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:3 - So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:4 - Now the young woman was very beautiful; and she became the king’s nurse and attended him, but the king did not [fn]know her.
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Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” So he prepared for himself a chariot and horsemen and fifty men as runners before him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:6 - But his father had never [fn]grieved him at any time by asking, “Why have you done so?” And he was also a very handsome man in form, and [fn]he was born after Absalom.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:7 - [fn]And he had conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest; and following Adonijah, they helped him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:8 - 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.
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And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the [fn]stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:10 - But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, and Solomon his brother.

Nathan Speaks to Bathsheba

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Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it?

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:12 - “So now come, please let me give you counsel and provide escape for your life and the life of your son Solomon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:13 - “Go [fn]at once to King David and say to him, ‘Have you not, my lord, O king, sworn to your maidservant, saying, “Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:14 - “Behold, while you are still there speaking with the king, I will come in after you and fully confirm your words.”
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So Bathsheba went in to the king in the bedroom. Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:16 - Then Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself [fn]before the king. And the king said, “What [fn]do you wish?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:17 - And she said to him, “My lord, you swore to your maidservant by [fn]Yahweh your God, saying, ‘Surely your son Solomon shall be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:18 - “But now, behold, Adonijah is king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:19 - “And 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 commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:20 - “As for you now, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:21 - “Otherwise it will be, as soon as my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered [fn]offenders.”
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Behold, while she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:23 - Then they told the king, saying, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And then he came in before the king and prostrated himself [fn]before the king with his [fn]face to the ground.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:24 - Then Nathan said, “My lord the king, have you said, ‘Adonijah shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne’?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:25 - “For he has gone down today and has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons and the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest, and behold, they are eating and drinking before him; and they say, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:26 - “But me, even me your servant, and Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and your servant Solomon, he has not invited.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:27 - “Has this thing happened by my lord the king, and you have not made known to your [fn]servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”
(1Ch 29:22–25 )
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Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” And she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:29 - And the king swore and said, “As Yahweh lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:30 - surely as I swore to you by Yahweh, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Surely your son Solomon shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’; I will surely do so this day.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:31 - Then Bathsheba bowed with her [fn]face to the ground, and prostrated herself [fn]before the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever.”
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Then King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” And they came into the king’s presence.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:33 - And the king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:34 - “And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet shall anoint him there as king over Israel and blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:35 - “Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne. And he shall be king in my place; for I have commanded him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:36 - Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! Thus may Yahweh, the God of my lord the king, say.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:37 - “As Yahweh has been with my lord the king, so may He be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David!”

Solomon Anointed King

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So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:39 - Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:40 - And all the people went up after him, and the people [fn]were playing on flutes and were glad with great gladness, so that the earth [fn]shook at their sound.
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And Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished eating. Then Joab heard the sound of the trumpet and said, “Why is the sound of the city such an uproar?”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:42 - While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came. Then Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant man and bring good news.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:43 - But Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, “No! Our lord King David has made Solomon king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:44 - “The king has also sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have made him ride on the king’s mule.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:45 - “And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon, and they have come up from there with gladness, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the sound which you have heard.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:46 - “And also, Solomon has even taken his seat on the throne of the kingdom.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:47 - “And also, the king’s servants came to bless our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name and his throne greater than your throne!’ And the king bowed himself on the bed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:48 - “And also, the king said thus, ‘Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who has granted one to sit on my throne today while my own eyes see it.’”
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Then all the guests of Adonijah trembled; and they arose and each went on his way.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:50 - And Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, and he arose, went, and took hold of the horns of the altar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:51 - Then it was told to Solomon, saying, “Behold, Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon, and behold, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:52 - And Solomon said, “If he is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:53 - So King Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and prostrated himself [fn]before King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, “Go to your house.”
LSB Footnotes
Or have relations with
Lit pained him
Lit she gave him birth
Lit His words were
Lit Gliding, Serpent Stone
Lit and enter
Lit to
Lit to you
The personal covenant name of God, a form of I AM WHO I AM, cf. Ex 3:14-15
Lit sinners
Lit to
Lit nose
Some mss servant
Lit nose
Lit to
Lit fluting
Lit was split
Lit to

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