Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

列王紀上 1

王位之爭

1大衛王年紀老邁,雖然蓋了幾層被子,仍然覺得冷。 他的臣僕建議:「不如選一位少女進宮伺候、照顧我主我王,讓她睡在王懷中給王取暖。」

於是,他們在以色列全國尋找美貌女子,找到了一位名叫雅比莎的書念少女,把她帶到王那裡。 這女子長得花容月貌,她照顧、伺候王,但王沒有與她同房。

那時,哈姬的兒子亞多尼雅妄自尊大,說:「我必做王。」他為自己製備了車輛和騎兵,派五十人在前面開路。 他父親從不干涉、責問他:「你這是做什麼?」他是押沙龍的弟弟,長得英俊非凡。

亞多尼雅與洗魯雅的兒子約押及祭司亞比亞他商議,二人都答應支持他。 不過,撒督祭司、耶何耶大的兒子比拿雅、拿單先知、示每、利以和大衛的勇士卻沒有跟隨他。

一天,亞多尼雅在隱·羅結附近的瑣希列磐石那裡宰了牛羊和肥牛犢獻祭,並邀請了眾王子和猶大的群臣。 10 可是他沒有邀請拿單先知、比拿雅、大衛的勇士和他的兄弟所羅門。

11 拿單對所羅門的母親拔示芭說:「你沒有聽說嗎?哈姬的兒子亞多尼雅做王了,我們的主大衛還不知道。 12 事到如今,我有一個主意,可以保住你和你兒子所羅門的性命。 13 你去見大衛王,對他說,『我主我王啊,你不是起誓說讓臣妾的兒子所羅門繼承王位嗎?怎麼現在亞多尼雅做了王呢?』 14 你跟王說話的時候,我會進去證實你的話。」

15 拔示芭就進內室去見年邁的王,書念的少女雅比莎正在伺候他。 16 拔示芭向王屈身下拜。王問道:「你有什麼事嗎?」 17 拔示芭回答說:「我主啊,你曾經憑你的上帝耶和華起誓說讓臣妾的兒子所羅門繼承你的王位,坐你的寶座。 18 但現在亞多尼雅已經稱王了,我主我王還不知道。 19 他宰了許多牛羊和肥牛犢獻祭,邀請眾王子、亞比亞他祭司和約押元帥,卻沒有邀請你的僕人所羅門。 20 我主我王啊!以色列舉國拭目以待,等著王來指定誰繼承王位。 21 不然,到我主我王與祖先同眠之後,我和我兒所羅門必被定為罪人。」

22 她與王正說話間,拿單先知進宮來了。 23 有人奏告王,說:「拿單先知來了。」拿單來到王面前,俯伏在地, 24 說:「我主我王啊,你已經宣佈讓亞多尼雅繼承你的王位,坐你的寶座嗎? 25 他今天宰了許多牛羊和肥犢獻祭,宴請眾王子、將領和亞比亞他祭司,他們正在他那裡一邊吃喝一邊說,『亞多尼雅王萬歲!』 26 但他沒有邀請臣僕我、撒督祭司、耶何耶大的兒子比拿雅和你的僕人所羅門。 27 這是我主我王的旨意嗎?王還沒有對臣僕們說過誰繼承王位。」

28 於是,大衛王召見拔示芭。拔示芭立刻晉見,侍立在王面前。 29 王起誓說:「我憑救我脫離一切苦難的永活的耶和華起誓, 30 我今天必實現我憑以色列的上帝耶和華向你起的誓。你的兒子所羅門必繼承王位,坐在我的寶座上。」

31 拔示芭就向王俯伏下拜說:「我主我王萬歲!」

32 大衛王又召見撒督祭司、拿單先知和耶何耶大的兒子比拿雅。他們都來到王面前。 33 王囑咐道:「你們要率領我的隨從,讓我兒所羅門騎上我的騾子,護送他下到基訓。 34 撒督祭司和拿單先知要在那裡膏立他為以色列王。你們要吹響號角,高喊,『所羅門王萬歲!』 35 然後,你們要隨他回來,他要登基,繼承我的王位。我已立他做以色列和猶大的君王了。」

36 耶何耶大的兒子比拿雅說:「遵命,願我主我王的上帝耶和華成全這事。 37 耶和華怎樣與我主我王同在,願祂也照樣與所羅門同在,使他的國比我主大衛王的國更強大。」 38 於是,撒督祭司、拿單先知、耶何耶大的兒子比拿雅,以及基利提人和比利提人請所羅門騎上大衛王的騾子,護送他前往基訓。 39 撒督祭司從聖幕裡拿來盛膏油的角,膏立所羅門為王。他們吹響號角,民眾高聲歡呼:「所羅門王萬歲!」 40 眾人浩浩蕩蕩地隨著所羅門回京,一路上吹笛歡呼,聲音震動大地。 41 亞多尼雅和他的眾賓客剛剛飲宴完畢,聽見了這聲音。約押聽見號角聲,便問:「城裡為什麼如此喧鬧?」 42 就在這時候,亞比亞他祭司的兒子約拿單來了,亞多尼雅說:「進來!你是個忠勇的人,一定帶來了好消息。」

43 約拿單說:「我們的主大衛王已經立所羅門為王了。 44 王派撒督祭司、拿單先知、耶何耶大的兒子比拿雅,以及基利提人和比利提人護送所羅門騎上王的騾子。 45 撒督祭司和拿單先知在基訓膏立他為王,他們一路上歡呼著回來了,全城轟動。你們聽到的就是他們的聲音。 46 所羅門已經登基掌權, 47 王的臣僕也來向我們的主大衛王道喜說,『願王的上帝使所羅門比王更聲名顯赫,使他的國比王的國更強大。』王在床上俯伏敬拜, 48 說,『以色列的上帝耶和華當受稱頌,因為祂讓我親眼看見我的繼承人今天登基。』」

49 亞多尼雅的眾賓客聽後,嚇得四散而去。 50 亞多尼雅懼怕所羅門,就去抓住祭壇的角。 51 有人告訴所羅門:「亞多尼雅懼怕王,現在正抓住祭壇的角,要王今天起誓不要殺他。」

52 所羅門說:「如果他是個忠義的人,必毫髮無損;如果他作惡,必死無疑。」 53 於是,所羅門王便派人去把亞多尼雅從祭壇上帶下來。亞多尼雅前來向所羅門王俯伏下拜,所羅門對他說:「你回家去吧。」

New Living Translation

1 Kings 1

David in His Old Age

1King David was now very old, and no matter how many blankets covered him, he could not keep warm. So his advisers told him, “Let us find a young virgin to wait on you and look after you, my lord. She will lie in your arms and keep you warm.”

So they searched throughout the land of Israel for a beautiful girl, and they found Abishag from Shunem and brought her to the king. The girl was very beautiful, and she looked after the king and took care of him. But the king had no sexual relations with her.

Adonijah Claims the Throne

About that time David’s son Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, began boasting, “I will make myself king.” So he provided himself with chariots and charioteers and recruited fifty men to run in front of him. Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, “Why are you doing that?” Adonijah had been born next after Absalom, and he was very handsome.

Adonijah took Joab son of Zeruiah and Abiathar the priest into his confidence, and they agreed to help him become king. But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and David’s personal bodyguard refused to support Adonijah.

Adonijah went to the Stone of Zoheleth[a] near the spring of En-rogel, where he sacrificed sheep, cattle, and fattened calves. He invited all his brothers—the other sons of King David—and all the royal officials of Judah. 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the king’s bodyguard or his brother Solomon.

11 Then Nathan went to Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, and asked her, “Haven’t you heard that Haggith’s son, Adonijah, has made himself king, and our lord David doesn’t even know about it? 12 If you want to save your own life and the life of your son Solomon, follow my advice. 13 Go at once to King David and say to him, ‘My lord the king, didn’t you make a vow and say to me, “Your son Solomon will surely be the next king and will sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ 14 And while you are still talking with him, I will come and confirm everything you have said.”

15 So Bathsheba went into the king’s bedroom. (He was very old now, and Abishag was taking care of him.) 16 Bathsheba bowed down before the king.

“What can I do for you?” he asked her.

17 She replied, “My lord, you made a vow before the Lord your God when you said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will surely be the next king and will sit on my throne.’ 18 But instead, Adonijah has made himself king, and my lord the king does not even know about it. 19 He has sacrificed many cattle, fattened calves, and sheep, and he has invited all the king’s sons to attend the celebration. He also invited Abiathar the priest and Joab, the commander of the army. But he did not invite your servant Solomon. 20 And now, my lord the king, all Israel is waiting for you to announce who will become king after you. 21 If you do not act, my son Solomon and I will be treated as criminals as soon as my lord the king has died.”

22 While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived. 23 The king’s officials told him, “Nathan the prophet is here to see you.”

Nathan went in and bowed before the king with his face to the ground. 24 Nathan asked, “My lord the king, have you decided that Adonijah will be the next king and that he will sit on your throne? 25 Today he has sacrificed many cattle, fattened calves, and sheep, and he has invited all the king’s sons to attend the celebration. He also invited the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. They are feasting and drinking with him and shouting, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 26 But he did not invite me or Zadok the priest or Benaiah or your servant Solomon. 27 Has my lord the king really done this without letting any of his officials know who should be the next king?”

David Makes Solomon King

28 King David responded, “Call Bathsheba!” So she came back in and stood before the king. 29 And the king repeated his vow: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has rescued me from every danger, 30 your son Solomon will be the next king and will sit on my throne this very day, just as I vowed to you before the Lord, the God of Israel.”

31 Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground before the king and exclaimed, “May my lord King David live forever!”

32 Then King David ordered, “Call Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came into the king’s presence, 33 the king said to them, “Take Solomon and my officials down to Gihon Spring. Solomon is to ride on my own mule. 34 There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet are to anoint him king over Israel. Blow the ram’s horn and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then escort him back here, and he will sit on my throne. He will succeed me as king, for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”

36 “Amen!” Benaiah son of Jehoiada replied. “May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, decree that it happen. 37 And may the Lord be with Solomon as he has been with you, my lord the king, and may he make Solomon’s reign even greater than yours!”

38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the king’s bodyguard[b] took Solomon down to Gihon Spring, with Solomon riding on King David’s own mule. 39 There Zadok the priest took the flask of olive oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon with the oil. Then they sounded the ram’s horn and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” 40 And all the people followed Solomon into Jerusalem, playing flutes and shouting for joy. The celebration was so joyous and noisy that the earth shook with the sound.

41 Adonijah and his guests heard the celebrating and shouting just as they were finishing their banquet. When Joab heard the sound of the ram’s horn, he asked, “What’s going on? Why is the city in such an uproar?”

42 And while he was still speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. “Come in,” Adonijah said to him, “for you are a good man. You must have good news.”

43 “Not at all!” Jonathan replied. “Our lord King David has just declared Solomon king! 44 The king sent him down to Gihon Spring with Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, protected by the king’s bodyguard. They had him ride on the king’s own mule, 45 and Zadok and Nathan have anointed him at Gihon Spring as the new king. They have just returned, and the whole city is celebrating and rejoicing. That’s what all the noise is about. 46 What’s more, Solomon is now sitting on the royal throne as king. 47 And all the royal officials have gone to King David and congratulated him, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s fame even greater than your own, and may Solomon’s reign be even greater than yours!’ Then the king bowed his head in worship as he lay in his bed, 48 and he said, ‘Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who today has chosen a successor to sit on my throne while I am still alive to see it.’”

49 Then all of Adonijah’s guests jumped up in panic from the banquet table and quickly scattered. 50 Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he rushed to the sacred tent and grabbed on to the horns of the altar. 51 Word soon reached Solomon that Adonijah had seized the horns of the altar in fear, and that he was pleading, “Let King Solomon swear today that he will not kill me!”

52 Solomon replied, “If he proves himself to be loyal, not a hair on his head will be touched. But if he makes trouble, he will die.” 53 So King Solomon summoned Adonijah, and they brought him down from the altar. He came and bowed respectfully before King Solomon, who dismissed him, saying, “Go on home.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:9 Or to the Serpent’s Stone; Greek version supports reading Zoheleth as a proper name.
  2. 1:38 Hebrew the Kerethites and Pelethites; also in 1:44.