Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪上 1

王位之争

1大卫王年纪老迈,虽然盖了几层被子,仍然觉得冷。 他的臣仆建议:“不如选一位少女进宫伺候、照顾我主我王,让她睡在王怀中给王取暖。”

于是,他们在以色列全国寻找美貌女子,找到了一位名叫雅比莎的书念少女,把她带到王那里。 这女子长得花容月貌,她照顾、伺候王,但王没有与她同房。

那时,哈姬的儿子亚多尼雅妄自尊大,说:“我必做王。”他为自己制备了车辆和骑兵,派五十人在前面开路。 他父亲从不干涉、责问他:“你这是做什么?”他是押沙龙的弟弟,长得英俊非凡。

亚多尼雅与洗鲁雅的儿子约押及祭司亚比亚他商议,二人都答应支持他。 不过,撒督祭司、耶何耶大的儿子比拿雅、拿单先知、示每、利以和大卫的勇士却没有跟随他。

一天,亚多尼雅在隐·罗结附近的琐希列磐石那里宰了牛羊和肥牛犊献祭,并邀请了众王子和犹大的群臣。 10 可是他没有邀请拿单先知、比拿雅、大卫的勇士和他的兄弟所罗门。

11 拿单对所罗门的母亲拔示芭说:“你没有听说吗?哈姬的儿子亚多尼雅做王了,我们的主大卫还不知道。 12 事到如今,我有一个主意,可以保住你和你儿子所罗门的性命。 13 你去见大卫王,对他说,‘我主我王啊,你不是起誓说让臣妾的儿子所罗门继承王位吗?怎么现在亚多尼雅做了王呢?’ 14 你跟王说话的时候,我会进去证实你的话。”

15 拔示芭就进内室去见年迈的王,书念的少女雅比莎正在伺候他。 16 拔示芭向王屈身下拜。王问道:“你有什么事吗?” 17 拔示芭回答说:“我主啊,你曾经凭你的上帝耶和华起誓说让臣妾的儿子所罗门继承你的王位,坐你的宝座。 18 但现在亚多尼雅已经称王了,我主我王还不知道。 19 他宰了许多牛羊和肥牛犊献祭,邀请众王子、亚比亚他祭司和约押元帅,却没有邀请你的仆人所罗门。 20 我主我王啊!以色列举国拭目以待,等着王来指定谁继承王位。 21 不然,到我主我王与祖先同眠之后,我和我儿所罗门必被定为罪人。”

22 她与王正说话间,拿单先知进宫来了。 23 有人奏告王,说:“拿单先知来了。”拿单来到王面前,俯伏在地, 24 说:“我主我王啊,你已经宣布让亚多尼雅继承你的王位,坐你的宝座吗? 25 他今天宰了许多牛羊和肥犊献祭,宴请众王子、将领和亚比亚他祭司,他们正在他那里一边吃喝一边说,‘亚多尼雅王万岁!’ 26 但他没有邀请臣仆我、撒督祭司、耶何耶大的儿子比拿雅和你的仆人所罗门。 27 这是我主我王的旨意吗?王还没有对臣仆们说过谁继承王位。”

28 于是,大卫王召见拔示芭。拔示芭立刻晋见,侍立在王面前。 29 王起誓说:“我凭救我脱离一切苦难的永活的耶和华起誓, 30 我今天必实现我凭以色列的上帝耶和华向你起的誓。你的儿子所罗门必继承王位,坐在我的宝座上。”

31 拔示芭就向王俯伏下拜说:“我主我王万岁!”

32 大卫王又召见撒督祭司、拿单先知和耶何耶大的儿子比拿雅。他们都来到王面前。 33 王嘱咐道:“你们要率领我的随从,让我儿所罗门骑上我的骡子,护送他下到基训。 34 撒督祭司和拿单先知要在那里膏立他为以色列王。你们要吹响号角,高喊,‘所罗门王万岁!’ 35 然后,你们要随他回来,他要登基,继承我的王位。我已立他做以色列和犹大的君王了。”

36 耶何耶大的儿子比拿雅说:“遵命,愿我主我王的上帝耶和华成全这事。 37 耶和华怎样与我主我王同在,愿祂也照样与所罗门同在,使他的国比我主大卫王的国更强大。” 38 于是,撒督祭司、拿单先知、耶何耶大的儿子比拿雅,以及基利提人和比利提人请所罗门骑上大卫王的骡子,护送他前往基训。 39 撒督祭司从圣幕里拿来盛膏油的角,膏立所罗门为王。他们吹响号角,民众高声欢呼:“所罗门王万岁!” 40 众人浩浩荡荡地随着所罗门回京,一路上吹笛欢呼,声音震动大地。 41 亚多尼雅和他的众宾客刚刚饮宴完毕,听见了这声音。约押听见号角声,便问:“城里为什么如此喧闹?” 42 就在这时候,亚比亚他祭司的儿子约拿单来了,亚多尼雅说:“进来!你是个忠勇的人,一定带来了好消息。”

43 约拿单说:“我们的主大卫王已经立所罗门为王了。 44 王派撒督祭司、拿单先知、耶何耶大的儿子比拿雅,以及基利提人和比利提人护送所罗门骑上王的骡子。 45 撒督祭司和拿单先知在基训膏立他为王,他们一路上欢呼着回来了,全城轰动。你们听到的就是他们的声音。 46 所罗门已经登基掌权, 47 王的臣仆也来向我们的主大卫王道喜说,‘愿王的上帝使所罗门比王更声名显赫,使他的国比王的国更强大。’王在床上俯伏敬拜, 48 说,‘以色列的上帝耶和华当受称颂,因为祂让我亲眼看见我的继承人今天登基。’”

49 亚多尼雅的众宾客听后,吓得四散而去。 50 亚多尼雅惧怕所罗门,就去抓住祭坛的角。 51 有人告诉所罗门:“亚多尼雅惧怕王,现在正抓住祭坛的角,要王今天起誓不要杀他。”

52 所罗门说:“如果他是个忠义的人,必毫发无损;如果他作恶,必死无疑。” 53 于是,所罗门王便派人去把亚多尼雅从祭坛上带下来。亚多尼雅前来向所罗门王俯伏下拜,所罗门对他说:“你回家去吧。”

The Message

1 Kings 1

David

11-4 King David grew old. The years had caught up with him. Even though they piled blankets on him, he couldn’t keep warm. So his servants said to him, “We’re going to get a young virgin for our master the king to be at his side and look after him; she’ll get in bed with you and arouse our master the king.” So they searched the country of Israel for the most ravishing girl they could find; they found Abishag the Shunammite and brought her to the king. The girl was stunningly beautiful; she stayed at his side and looked after the king, but the king did not have sex with her.

5-6 At this time Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, puffed himself up saying, “I’m the next king!” He made quite a splash, with chariots and riders and fifty men to run ahead of him. His father had spoiled him rotten as a child, never once reprimanding him. Besides that, he was very good-looking and the next in line after Absalom.

7-8 Adonijah talked with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they threw their weight on his side. But neither the priest Zadok, nor Benaiah son of Jehoiada, nor Nathan the prophet, nor Shimei and Rei, nor David’s personal bodyguards supported Adonijah.

9-10 Next Adonijah held a coronation feast, sacrificing sheep, cattle, and grain-fed heifers at the Stone of Zoheleth near the Rogel Spring. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and everyone in Judah who had position and influence—but he did not invite the prophet Nathan, Benaiah, the bodyguards, or his brother Solomon.

11-14 Nathan went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, “Did you know that Adonijah, Haggith’s son, has taken over as king, and our master David doesn’t know a thing about it? Quickly now, let me tell you how you can save both your own life and Solomon’s. Go immediately to King David. Speak up: ‘Didn’t you, my master the king, promise me, “Your son Solomon will be king after me and sit on my throne”? So why is Adonijah now king?’ While you’re there talking with the king, I’ll come in and corroborate your story.”

15-16 Bathsheba went at once to the king in his palace bedroom. He was so old! Abishag was at his side making him comfortable. As Bathsheba bowed low, honoring the king, he said, “What do you want?”

17-21 “My master,” she said, “you promised me in God’s name, ‘Your son Solomon will be king after me and sit on my throne.’ And now look what’s happened—Adonijah has taken over as king, and my master the king doesn’t even know it! He has thrown a huge coronation feast—cattle and grain-fed heifers and sheep—inviting all the king’s sons, the priest Abiathar, and Joab head of the army. But your servant Solomon was not invited. My master the king, every eye in Israel is watching you to see what you’ll do—to see who will sit on the throne of my master the king after him. If you fail to act, the moment you’re buried my son Solomon and I are as good as dead.”

22-23 Abruptly, while she was telling the king all this, Nathan the prophet came in and was announced: “Nathan the prophet is here.” He came before the king, honoring him by bowing deeply, his face touching the ground.

24-27 “My master the king,” Nathan began, “did you say, ‘Adonijah shall be king after me and sit on my throne’? Because that’s what’s happening. He’s thrown a huge coronation feast—cattle, grain-fed heifers, sheep—inviting all the king’s sons, the army officers, and Abiathar the priest. They’re having a grand time, eating and drinking and shouting, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ But I wasn’t invited, nor was the priest Zadok, nor Benaiah son of Jehoiada, nor your servant Solomon. Is this something that my master the king has done behind our backs, not telling your servants who you intended to be king after you?”

28 King David took action: “Get Bathsheba back in here.” She entered and stood before the king.

29-30 The king solemnly promised, “As God lives, the God who delivered me from every kind of trouble, I’ll do exactly what I promised in God’s name, the God of Israel: Your son Solomon will be king after me and take my place on the throne. And I’ll make sure it happens this very day.”

31 Bathsheba bowed low, her face to the ground. Kneeling in reverence before the king she said, “Oh, may my master, King David, live forever!”

32 King David said, “Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” They came to the king.

33-35 Then he ordered, “Gather my servants, then mount my son Solomon on my royal mule and lead him in procession down to Gihon. When you get there, Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet will anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the ram’s horn trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ You will then accompany him as he enters and takes his place on my throne, succeeding me as king. I have named him ruler over Israel and Judah.”

36-37 Benaiah son of Jehoiada backed the king: “Yes! And may God, the God of my master the king, confirm it! Just as God has been with my master the king, may he also be with Solomon and make his rule even greater than that of my master King David!”

38-40 Then Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the king’s personal bodyguard (the Kerethites and Pelethites) went down, mounted Solomon on King David’s mule, and paraded with him to Gihon. Zadok the priest brought a flask of oil from the sanctuary and anointed Solomon. They blew the ram’s horn trumpet and everyone shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” Everyone joined the fanfare, the band playing and the people singing, the very earth reverberating to the sound.

41 Adonijah and his retinue of guests were just finishing their “coronation” feast when they heard it. When Joab heard the blast of the ram’s horn trumpet he said, “What’s going on here? What’s all this uproar?”

42 Suddenly, in the midst of the questioning, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest, showed up. Adonijah said, “Welcome! A brave and good man like you must have good news.”

43-48 But Jonathan answered, “Hardly! Our master King David has just made Solomon king! And the king has surrounded him with Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, with the Kerethites and Pelethites; and they’ve mounted Solomon on the royal mule. Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon and the parade is headed up this way singing—a great fanfare! The city is rocking! That’s what you’re hearing. Here’s the crowning touch—Solomon is seated on the throne of the kingdom! And that’s not all: The king’s servants have come to give their blessing to our master King David saying, ‘God make Solomon’s name even more honored than yours, and make his rule greater than yours!’ On his deathbed the king worshiped God and prayed, ‘Blessed be God, Israel’s God, who has provided a successor to my throne, and I’ve lived to see it!’”

49-50 Panicked, Adonijah’s guests got out of there, scattering every which way. But Adonijah himself, afraid for his life because of Solomon, fled to the sanctuary and grabbed the horns of the Altar.

51 Solomon was told, “Adonijah, fearful of King Solomon, has taken sanctuary and seized the horns of the Altar and is saying, ‘I’m not leaving until King Solomon promises that he won’t kill me.’”

52-53 Solomon then said, “If he proves to be a man of honor, not a hair of his head will be hurt; but if there is evil in him, he’ll die.” Solomon summoned him and they brought him from the Altar. Adonijah came and bowed down, honoring the king. Solomon dismissed him, “Go home.”