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Melachim A/I Kings   1:1 - 31

Chapter 1

1 King David was old, advanced in years; they covered him with garments, but he did not become warm.  2 His servants said to him, "Let there be sought for my lord, the king, a virgin girl, who will stand before the king and be his attendant; she will lie in your bosom and my lord the king will be warmed."  3 They sought a beautiful girl throughout the boundary of Israel, and they found Abishag the Shunammite and brought her to the king.

4 The girl was exceedingly beautiful, and she became the king's attendant and she served him, but the king was not intimate with her.

5 Adonijah son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I shall reign!" He provided himself with a chariot and riders, and fifty men running before him.

6 All his life his father had never saddened him by saying, "Why do you do this?" Moreover, he was very handsome and he was born after Absalom.

7 He held discussions with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the Kohen; and they supported and followed Adonijah.

8 But Zadok the Kohen, Benaiahu son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimi, Rei, and David's mighty men were not with Adonijah.

9 Adonijah slaughtered sheep, cattle, and fatted bulls at the Zoheleth stone that was near Ein-rogel, and he invited all of his brothers, the sons of the king; and all the men of Judah, the king's servants.  10 But Nathan the prophet, Benaiahu, the mighty men, and his brother Solomon he did not invite.

11 Nathan spoke to Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, saying, "Have you not heard that Adonijah son of Haggith has reigned? — and our lord David does not know.  12 So now come, I will counsel you now; save your life and the life of your son Solomon.  13 Go and come to King David and say to him, 'Have you, my lord, the king, not sworn to your maidservant saying, "Your son Solomon will reign after me and he will sit on my throne?" Why has Adonijah reigned?'

14 "Behold! — while you are still speaking there with the king, I will come in after you and supplement your words."

15 So Bathsheba came to the king in the chamber; the king was very old and Abishag the Shunammite served the king.  16 Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself to the king; and the king said, "What concerns you?"

17 She said to him, "My lord, you swore to your maidservant by Hashem, your God, that 'Solomon, your son, will reign after me, and he will sit on my throne.'  18 But now, behold! — Adonijah has reigned — and now my lord, the king, does not know.  19 He has slaughtered oxen, fatted bulls, and sheep in abundance, and invited all the king's sons, as well as Abiathar the Kohen and Joab the general of the army — but he has not invited your servant Solomon.  20 And you, my lord, the king, the eyes of all Israel are upon you, to tell them who will sit on the throne of my lord, the king, after him.  21 It will happen that when my lord, the king, sleeps with his ancestors, I and my son Solomon will be missing."

22 Behold! — she was still speaking with the king when Nathan the prophet arrived.  23 They told the king saying, "Behold — Nathan the prophet!"

He came before the king and prostrated himself to the king with his face to the ground.  24 Nathan said, "My lord, the king, have you said, 'Adonijah will reign after me and he will sit on my throne?'  25 For he has gone down today and slaughtered oxen, fatted bulls, and sheep in abundance, and he has invited all the king's sons, the generals of the army, and Abiathar the Kohen, and behold they are eating and drinking before him — and they said, 'Long live King Adonijah.'  26 But me — I, who am your servant — Zadok the Kohen, Benaiahu son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite.  27 If this matter came from my lord, the king, would you not have informed your servant who should sit on the throne of my lord, the king, after him?"

28 King David answered and said, "Summon Bathsheba to me." She came before the king and stood before the king.  29 The king swore and said, "As Hashem lives, Who has redeemed my life from every trouble.  30 as I have sworn to you by Hashem, the God Of Israel, saying, 'Solomon your son will reign after me and he will sit on my throne in my place,' so shall I fulfill this very day."

31 Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground and prostrated herself to the king; and she said, "May my lord, King David, live forever!"


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