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1 Kings 1 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:1 - King David was very old; even when they covered him with blankets, he could not get warm.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:2 - His servants advised him, "A young virgin must be found for our master, the king, to take care of the king's needs and serve as his nurse. She can also sleep with you and keep our master, the king, warm."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:3 - So they looked through all Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:4 - The young woman was very beautiful; she became the king's nurse and served him, but the king did not have sexual relations with her.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:5 - Now Adonijah, son of David and Haggith, was promoting himself, boasting, "I will be king!" He managed to acquire chariots and horsemen, as well as fifty men to serve as his royal guard.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:6 - (Now his father had never corrected him by saying, "Why do you do such things?" He was also very handsome and had been born right after Absalom.)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:7 - He collaborated with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they supported him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:8 - But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and David's elite warriors did not ally themselves with Adonijah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:9 - Adonijah sacrificed sheep, cattle, and fattened steers at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king's sons, as well as all the men of Judah, the king's servants.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:10 - But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the elite warriors, or his brother Solomon.

Nathan and Bathsheba

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:11 - Nathan said to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, "Has it been reported to you that Haggith's son Adonijah has become king behind our master David's back?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:12 - Now let me give you some advice as to how you can save your life and your son Solomon's life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:13 - Visit King David and say to him, 'My master, O king, did you not solemnly promise your servant, "Surely your son Solomon will be king after me; he will sit on my throne"? So why has Adonijah become king?'
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:14 - While you are still there speaking to the king, I will arrive and verify your report."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:15 - So Bathsheba visited the king in his private quarters. (The king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:16 - Bathsheba bowed down on the floor before the king. The king said, "What do you want?"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:17 - She replied to him, "My master, you swore an oath to your servant by the LORD your God, 'Solomon your son will be king after me and he will sit on my throne.'
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:18 - But now, look, Adonijah has become king! But you, my master the king, are not even aware of it!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:19 - He has sacrificed many cattle, steers, and sheep and has invited all the king's sons, Abiathar the priest, and Joab, the commander of the army, but he has not invited your servant Solomon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:20 - Now, my master, O king, all Israel is watching anxiously to see who is named to succeed my master the king on the throne.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:21 - If a decision is not made, when my master the king is buried with his ancestors, my son Solomon and I will be considered state criminals."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:22 - Just then, while she was still speaking to the king, Nathan the prophet arrived.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:23 - The king was told, "Nathan the prophet is here." Nathan entered and bowed before the king with his face to the floor.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:24 - Nathan said, "My master, O king, did you announce, 'Adonijah will be king after me; he will sit on my throne'?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:25 - For today he has gone down and sacrificed many cattle, steers, and sheep and has invited all the king's sons, the army commanders, and Abiathar the priest. At this moment they are having a feast in his presence, and they have declared, 'Long live King Adonijah!'
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:26 - But he did not invite me - your servant - or Zadok the priest, or Benaiah son of Jehoiada, or your servant Solomon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:27 - Has my master the king authorized this without informing your servants who should succeed my master the king on his throne?"
(1Ch 29:22–25 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:28 - King David responded, "Summon Bathsheba!" She came and stood before the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:29 - The king swore an oath: "As certainly as the LORD lives (he who has rescued me from every danger),
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:30 - I will keep today the oath I swore to you by the LORD God of Israel: 'Surely Solomon your son will be king after me; he will sit in my place on my throne.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:31 - Bathsheba bowed down to the king with her face to the floor and said, "May my master, King David, live forever!"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:32 - King David said, "Summon Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada." They came before the king,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:33 - and he told them, "Take your master's servants with you, put my son Solomon on my mule, and lead him down to Gihon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:34 - There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet will anoint him king over Israel; then blow the trumpet and declare, 'Long live King Solomon!'
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:35 - Then follow him up as he comes and sits on my throne. He will be king in my place; I have decreed that he will be ruler over Israel and Judah."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:36 - Benaiah son of Jehoiada responded to the king: "So be it! May the LORD God of my master the king confirm it!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:37 - As the LORD is with my master the king, so may he be with Solomon, and may he make him an even greater king than my master King David!"

Solomon Anointed King

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:38 - So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites, and the Pelethites went down, put Solomon on King David's mule, and led him to Gihon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:39 - Zadok the priest took a horn filled with olive oil from the tent and poured it on Solomon; the trumpet was blown and all the people declared, "Long live King Solomon!"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:40 - All the people followed him up, playing flutes and celebrating so loudly they made the ground shake.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:41 - Now Adonijah and all his guests heard the commotion just as they had finished eating. When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he asked, "Why is there such a noisy commotion in the city?"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:42 - As he was still speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, "Come in, for an important man like you must be bringing good news."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:43 - Jonathan replied to Adonijah: "No! Our master King David has made Solomon king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:44 - The king sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites, and the Pelethites and they put him on the king's mule.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:45 - Then Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed him king in Gihon. They went up from there rejoicing, and the city is in an uproar. That is the sound you hear.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:46 - Furthermore, Solomon has assumed the royal throne.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:47 - The king's servants have even come to congratulate our master King David, saying, 'May your God make Solomon more famous than you and make him an even greater king than you!' Then the king leaned on the bed
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:48 - and said this: 'The LORD God of Israel is worthy of praise because today he has placed a successor on my throne and allowed me to see it.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:49 - All of Adonijah's guests panicked; they jumped up and rushed off their separate ways.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:50 - Adonijah feared Solomon, so he got up and went and grabbed hold of the horns of the altar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:51 - Solomon was told, "Look, Adonijah fears you; see, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, 'May King Solomon solemnly promise me today that he will not kill his servant with the sword.'"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:52 - Solomon said, "If he is a loyal subject, not a hair of his head will be harmed, but if he is found to be a traitor, he will die."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 1:53 - King Solomon sent men to bring him down from the altar. He came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon told him, "Go home."

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