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1 Kings 1

David in Old Age

1Now King David was [a]old, advanced in years; they covered him with clothes, but he could not get warm. So his servants said to him, “Let a young virgin be found for my lord the king and let her attend him and become his nurse; let her lie against your chest, so that my lord the king may feel warm.” So they searched for a beautiful girl throughout the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the [b]Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The girl was very beautiful; and she became the king’s nurse and served him, but the king [c]was not intimate with her.

Then Adonijah the son of [David’s wife] Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I [the eldest living son] will be king.” So [following Absalom’s example] he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. His father [David] had [d]never rebuked him at any time by asking, “Why have you done this?” Adonijah was also a very handsome man, and he was born after Absalom. He had conferred with [e]Joab the son of Zeruiah [David’s half sister] and with Abiathar the priest; and they followed Adonijah and helped him. But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and David’s [f]most formidable warriors did not side with Adonijah [in his desire to become king].

Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened steers by the Stone of Zoheleth, which is beside [the well] En-rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants [to this feast]. 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the most formidable warriors, or his brother Solomon.

Nathan and Bathsheba

11 Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know about it? 12 Come now, please let me advise you and save your life and the life of your son Solomon. 13 Go at once to King David and say to him, ‘Did you not, my lord, O king, swear to your maidservant, saying, “Solomon your son shall certainly be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ 14 Behold, while you are still there speaking with the king, I will come in after you and confirm your words.”

15 So Bathsheba went to the king in his bedroom. Now the king was very old and weak, and Abishag the Shunammite was attending the king. 16 So Bathsheba bowed down and paid respect to the king. And the king said, “[g]What do you wish?” 17 She said to him, “My lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall certainly be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.’ 18 But now, behold, Adonijah is [acting as] king; and now [as things stand], my lord the king, you do not know it. 19 He has sacrificed oxen and fattened steers and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons and Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army [to a feast], but he did not invite your servant Solomon. 20 Now as for you, my lord the king, the eyes of all [h]Israel are on you [waiting for you] to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21 Otherwise it will come about when my lord the king lies down [in death] with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered [i]political enemies.”

22 While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in. 23 The king was told, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came before the king, he bowed before the king with his face to the ground. 24 Then Nathan said, “My lord the king, have you said, ‘Adonijah shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne’? 25 Because he has gone down today [to En-Rogel] and has sacrificed oxen and fattened steers and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest [to this feast]; and [right now] they are eating and drinking in his presence; and they say, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 26 But he has not invited me, your servant, nor Zadok the priest, nor Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, nor your servant Solomon. 27 If this thing has been done by my lord the king, why have you not shown your servants who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”

28 King David answered, “Call Bathsheba to me.” And she came into the king’s presence and stood before him. 29 Then the king swore an oath and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul from all distress, 30 even as I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall certainly be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’; I will indeed do so this very day.” 31 Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground, and laid herself face down before the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever!”

32 Then King David said, “Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada to me.” And they came before the king. 33 The king told them, “Take the [j]servants of your lord with you and have Solomon my son [k]ride on my own mule, and bring him down to [the spring at] [l]Gihon [in the Kidron Valley]. 34 Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then you shall come up [to Jerusalem] after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne and he shall reign as king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.” 36 Benaiah [the overseer of the king’s bodyguards], the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! (So be it!) May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, say so too. 37 [m]Just as the Lord 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

38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites [the king’s bodyguards] went down [from Jerusalem] and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to [the spring at] Gihon. 39 Zadok the priest took a horn of [olive] oil from the [sacred] tent and anointed Solomon. They blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” 40 All the people went up after him, and they were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook and seemed to burst open with their [joyful] sound.

41 Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished eating. When Joab heard the trumpet sound, he said, “[n]Why is the city in such an uproar?” 42 While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest arrived. And Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant and trustworthy man and you bring good news.” 43 But Jonathan replied to Adonijah, “No, on the contrary, our lord King David has made Solomon king! 44 The king has sent him with Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have had him ride on the king’s [own royal] mule. 45 Also, Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon, and they have come up from there celebrating, so the city is in an uproar. This is the noise which you have heard. 46 Besides, Solomon has taken his seat on the throne of the kingdom. 47 Moreover, the king’s servants came to bless (congratulate) our lord King David, saying, ‘May [o]your God make the name of Solomon better (more famous) than your name and make his throne greater than your throne.’ And the king bowed himself [before God] upon the bed. 48 The king has also said this: ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has granted one [of my descendants] to sit on my throne today and allowed my eyes to see it.’”

49 Then all Adonijah’s guests were terrified [of being branded as traitors] and stood up and left the feast, and each one went on his way. 50 And Adonijah feared Solomon, and he got up and went [to the tabernacle on Mt. Zion] and took hold of the horns of the altar [seeking asylum]. 51 Now Solomon was told, “Behold, Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon, and behold, he has grasped the horns of the altar [seeking God’s protection], saying, ‘King Solomon must swear to me today that he will not kill his servant with the sword.’” 52 Solomon said, “If he [proves he] is a worthy man, not even one of his hairs shall fall to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he shall die.” 53 So King Solomon sent [soldiers], and they brought Adonijah down from the altar [that was in front of the tabernacle]. And he came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, “Go to your house.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Kings 1:1 I.e. about seventy years old.
  2. 1 Kings 1:3 The town of Shunam was located within the territory of Issachar.
  3. 1 Kings 1:4 Lit did not know her.
  4. 1 Kings 1:6 David’s failure to discipline his sons always resulted in tragedy.
  5. 1 Kings 1:7 The commander of Israel’s army.
  6. 1 Kings 1:8 Lit mighty men and so throughout the chapter.
  7. 1 Kings 1:16 Lit What to you.
  8. 1 Kings 1:20 In general, sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites refers to all the people (males and females) of the various tribes descended from the twelve sons (Gen 35:23-26) of Jacob (later renamed Israel by God). In verses concerning things such as warfare or circumcision sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites usually refers only to the males. Tribes of ancient people were identified by the name of their founding ancestor. Therefore, this same general rule applies when referring to individual tribal groups, e.g. sons of Reuben, Reuben, Reubenites and so throughout.
  9. 1 Kings 1:21 Lit sinners.
  10. 1 Kings 1:33 This group would have included David’s personal bodyguards.
  11. 1 Kings 1:33 Placing Solomon on his royal mule announced to the people that David had chosen Solomon as his successor.
  12. 1 Kings 1:33 This was near En-rogel, the site of Adonijah’s celebration.
  13. 1 Kings 1:37 This was a declaration of support for David and his choice of Solomon.
  14. 1 Kings 1:41 Gihon was nearby, but because of the topography it was not visible.
  15. 1 Kings 1:47 See note v 37.

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1 Reyes 1

Adonías usurpa el trono

1El rey David era ya tan anciano y tan entrado en años que, por más que lo abrigaban, no conseguía entrar en calor. Por eso sus servidores le dijeron: «Busquemos a una joven soltera para que atienda a Su Majestad y lo cuide, y se acueste a su lado para darle calor». Así que fueron por todo Israel en busca de una muchacha hermosa, y encontraron a una sunamita llamada Abisag y se la llevaron al rey. La muchacha era realmente muy hermosa, y se dedicó a cuidar y a servir al rey, aunque el rey nunca tuvo relaciones sexuales con ella.

Adonías, cuya madre fue Jaguit, se llenó de ambición y dijo: «¡Yo voy a ser rey!» Por lo tanto, consiguió carros de combate, caballos[a] y cincuenta guardias de escolta. Adonías era más joven que Absalón, y muy bien parecido. Como David, su padre, nunca lo había contrariado ni le había pedido cuentas de lo que hacía, Adonías se confabuló con Joab hijo de Sarvia y con el sacerdote Abiatar, y estos le dieron su apoyo. Quienes no lo apoyaron fueron el sacerdote Sadoc, Benaías hijo de Joyadá, el profeta Natán, Simí y Reguí, y la guardia personal de David.

Cerca de Enroguel, junto a la peña de Zojélet, Adonías ofreció un sacrificio de ovejas, bueyes y terneros engordados. Invitó a todos sus hermanos, los hijos del rey, y a todos los funcionarios reales de Judá, 10 pero no invitó al profeta Natán, ni a Benaías, ni a la guardia real ni a su hermano Salomón. 11 Por eso Natán le preguntó a Betsabé, la madre de Salomón: «¿Ya sabes que Adonías, el hijo de Jaguit, se ha proclamado rey a espaldas de nuestro señor David? 12 Pues, si quieres salvar tu vida y la de tu hijo Salomón, déjame darte un consejo: 13 Ve a presentarte ante el rey David, y dile: “¿Acaso no le había jurado Su Majestad a esta servidora suya que mi hijo Salomón lo sucedería en el trono? ¿Cómo es que ahora el rey es Adonías?” 14 Mientras tú estés allí, hablando con el rey, yo entraré para confirmar tus palabras».

15 Betsabé se dirigió entonces a la habitación del rey. Como este ya era muy anciano, lo atendía Abisag la sunamita. 16 Al llegar Betsabé, se arrodilló ante el rey, y este le preguntó:

—¿Qué quieres?

17 —Mi señor juró por el Señor su Dios a esta servidora suya —contestó Betsabé—, que mi hijo Salomón sucedería en el trono a Su Majestad. 18 Pero ahora resulta que Adonías se ha proclamado rey a espaldas de Su Majestad. 19 Ha sacrificado una gran cantidad de toros, terneros engordados y ovejas, y ha invitado a todos los hijos del rey, al sacerdote Abiatar y a Joab, general del ejército; sin embargo, no invitó a Salomón, que es un fiel servidor de Su Majestad. 20 Mi señor y rey, todo Israel está a la expectativa y quiere que usted le diga quién lo sucederá en el trono. 21 De lo contrario, tan pronto como Su Majestad muera, mi hijo Salomón y yo seremos acusados de alta traición.

22 Mientras Betsabé hablaba con el rey, llegó el profeta Natán, 23 y el rey se enteró de su llegada. Entonces Natán se presentó ante el rey y, arrodillándose, 24 le dijo:

—Mi señor y rey, ¿acaso ha decretado usted que Adonías lo suceda en el trono? 25 Pregunto esto porque él ha ido hoy a sacrificar una gran cantidad de toros, terneros engordados y ovejas. Además, ha invitado a todos los hijos de Su Majestad, a los comandantes del ejército y al sacerdote Abiatar, y allí están todos ellos comiendo y bebiendo, y gritando en su presencia: “¡Viva el rey Adonías!” 26 Sin embargo, no me invitó a mí, que estoy al servicio de Su Majestad, ni al sacerdote Sadoc, ni a Benaías hijo de Joyadá, ni a Salomón, que es un fiel servidor de Su Majestad. 27 ¿Será posible que mi señor y rey haya hecho esto sin dignarse comunicarles a sus servidores quién lo sucederá en el trono?

David proclama rey a Salomón

28 Al oír esto, el rey David ordenó:

—¡Llamen a Betsabé!

Ella entró y se quedó de pie ante el rey. 29 Entonces el rey le hizo este juramento:

—Tan cierto como que vive el Señor, que me ha librado de toda angustia, 30 te aseguro que hoy cumpliré lo que te juré por el Señor, el Dios de Israel. Yo te prometí que tu hijo Salomón me sucederá en el trono y reinará en mi lugar.

31 Betsabé se inclinó ante el rey y, postrándose rostro en tierra, exclamó:

—¡Que viva para siempre mi señor el rey David!

32 David ordenó:

—Llamen al sacerdote Sadoc, al profeta Natán y a Benaías hijo de Joyadá.

Cuando los tres se presentaron ante el rey, 33 este les dijo:

—Tomen con ustedes a los funcionarios de la corte, monten a mi hijo Salomón en mi propia mula, y llévenlo a Guijón 34 para que el sacerdote Sadoc y el profeta Natán lo unjan como rey de Israel. Toquen luego la trompeta, y griten: “¡Viva el rey Salomón!” 35 Después de eso, regresen con él para que ocupe el trono en mi lugar y me suceda como rey, pues he dispuesto que sea él quien gobierne a Israel y a Judá.

36 —¡Que así sea! —le respondió Benaías hijo de Joyadá—. ¡Que así lo confirme el Señor, Dios de Su Majestad! 37 Que así como el Señor estuvo con Su Majestad, esté también con Salomón; ¡y que engrandezca su trono aún más que el trono de mi señor el rey David!

38 El sacerdote Sadoc, el profeta Natán y Benaías hijo de Joyadá, y los quereteos y los peleteos, montaron a Salomón en la mula del rey David y lo escoltaron mientras bajaban hasta Guijón. 39 Allí el sacerdote Sadoc tomó el cuerno de aceite que estaba en el santuario, y ungió a Salomón. Tocaron entonces la trompeta, y todo el pueblo gritó: «¡Viva el rey Salomón!» 40 Luego, todos subieron detrás de él, tocando flautas y lanzando gritos de alegría. Era tal el estruendo que la tierra temblaba.

41 Adonías y todos sus invitados estaban por terminar de comer cuando sintieron el estruendo. Al oír el sonido de la trompeta, Joab preguntó:

—¿Por qué habrá tanta bulla en la ciudad?

42 Aún estaba hablando cuando llegó Jonatán, hijo del sacerdote Abiatar.

—¡Entra! —le dijo Adonías—. Un hombre respetable como tú debe traer buenas noticias.

43 —¡No es así! —exclamó Jonatán—. Nuestro señor el rey David ha nombrado rey a Salomón. 44 También ha ordenado que el sacerdote Sadoc, el profeta Natán y Benaías hijo de Joyadá, con los quereteos y los peleteos, monten a Salomón en la mula del rey. 45 Sadoc y Natán lo han ungido como rey en Guijón. Desde allí han subido lanzando gritos de alegría, y la ciudad está alborotada. A eso se debe tanta bulla. 46 Además, Salomón se ha sentado en el trono real, 47 y los funcionarios de la corte han ido a felicitar a nuestro señor, el rey David. Hasta le desearon que su Dios hiciera el nombre de Salomón más famoso todavía que el de David, y que engrandeciera el trono de Salomón más que el suyo. Ante eso, el rey se inclinó en su cama 48 y dijo: “¡Alabado sea el Señor, Dios de Israel, que hoy me ha concedido ver a mi sucesor sentarse en mi trono!”

49 Al oír eso, todos los invitados de Adonías se levantaron llenos de miedo y se dispersaron. 50 Adonías, por temor a Salomón, se refugió en el santuario, en donde se agarró de los cuernos del altar. 51 No faltó quien fuera a decirle a Salomón:

—Adonías tiene miedo de Su Majestad y está agarrado de los cuernos del altar. Ha dicho: “¡Quiero que hoy mismo jure el rey Salomón que no condenará a muerte a este servidor suyo!”

52 Salomón respondió:

—Si demuestra que es un hombre de honor, no perderá ni un cabello de su cabeza; pero, si se le sorprende en alguna maldad, será condenado a muerte.

53 Acto seguido, el rey Salomón mandó que lo trajeran. Cuando Adonías llegó, se inclinó ante el rey Salomón, y este le ordenó que se fuera a su casa.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 caballos. Alt. aurigas.