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列王記Ⅰ 1

王位をめぐる争い

1晩年のダビデ王は寝たきりになりました。毛布を何枚かけても体が暖まらないのです。 そこで、側近の者が提案しました。「若い娘を、お世話役のそばめとしてはいかがでしょう。添い寝させて、お体を暖めさせるのです。」

3-4 さっそく、国中くまなく探して、いちばん美しい娘を見つけ出すことになりました。最後にシュネム出身のアビシャグが選ばれ、王のもとへ連れて来られました。王を暖めるため、その腕に抱かれて寝ることになったのです。しかし、王は彼女をそばめにはしませんでした。

そのころ、ハギテの子であるアドニヤは、自分こそ老いた父に代わって王位につくべきだと考えて、戦車を買い集め、騎兵を雇い、自分の前を走る五十人の近衛兵をそろえました。 父のダビデ王は、それまで一度も彼をたしなめたことがありませんでした。彼はアブシャロムのすぐ下の弟で、とてもハンサムでした。 アドニヤが将軍ヨアブと祭司エブヤタルに思惑を打ち明けると、二人とも賛成しました。 しかし、祭司ツァドク、ベナヤ、預言者ナタン、シムイ、レイ、ダビデ軍の勇士たちは、あくまでも王に忠誠を尽くし、アドニヤにくみすることはありませんでした。

アドニヤはエン・ロゲルへ行き、ゾヘレテの石のそばで、羊、牛、太った子やぎをいけにえとしてささげ、それから、即位式の立会人として、自分の兄弟とユダの政府高官を全員招きました。 10 しかし、預言者ナタン、ベナヤ、王の勇士たち、それに、兄弟のうち弟ソロモンだけは招きませんでした。

11 預言者ナタンはソロモンの母バテ・シェバに会い、こう勧めました。「ハギテの子アドニヤが王になり、しかも、王様が少しもお気づきでないことをご存じですか。 12 ご自身と、ご子息ソロモン様の無事を願われるなら、これから申し上げるとおりになさってください。 13 すぐに王様のところへ行って、『あなたは私に、ソロモンが次の王になると、お約束になったではありませんか。それなのに、なぜ、アドニヤが王になっているのでしょう』と申し上げるのです。 14 お話の最中に私もまいり、あなたの訴えが事実であることを王に申しましょう。」

15 バテ・シェバは、言われたとおり王の寝室へ行きました。王は非常に年老いていて、アビシャグが身の回りの世話をしていました。 16 バテ・シェバがていねいにおじぎをすると、王は、「何の用か」と尋ねました。

17 「王様に申し上げます。あなたは、主に誓って、わが子ソロモンが次の王になるとおっしゃいました。 18 それなのに、アドニヤが新しい王になっています。しかも、あなたはそれをご存じありません。 19 アドニヤは即位を祝って、牛や太ったやぎや、たくさんの羊をいけにえとしてささげ、王のお子様全部と祭司エブヤタル様、それにヨアブ将軍を招きました。けれども、ソロモンだけは招かれませんでした。 20 今、イスラエル中の者が、アドニヤが後継者として選ばれるかどうか、あなたの決定を待っております。 21 王様がはっきり決着をつけてくださらないと、ソロモンも私も、あなたがお亡くなりになったとたん、謀反人として捕らえられ、処刑されることになるでしょう。」

22-23 彼女が話しているうちに、側近の者が来て、「預言者ナタン様がお目どおりを願い出ています」と伝えました。ナタンは王の前に出ると、うやうやしく一礼し、 24 話を切り出しました。「王様。あなたはアドニヤ様を後継者にお選びになったのでしょうか。 25 実は今日、あの方は即位の祝いとして、牛や太ったやぎや、たくさんの羊をいけにえとしてささげ、王のお子様方を祝賀会に招かれました。ヨアブ将軍と祭司エブヤタル様も招かれました。一同はあの方の前で飲み食いし、『アドニヤ王、ばんざい!』と叫んだということです。 26 しかし、祭司ツァドク様、ベナヤ様、ソロモン王子、それに私は招かれませんでした。 27 これは、あなたがご承知の上でなされたことでしょうか。あなたはまだ、お子様のうちどなたを次の王にするか仰せではございませんが。」

28 王は、「バテ・シェバをここに呼びなさい」と言いました。席をはずしていた彼女は戻って来て、王の前に立ちました。 29 王は誓って言いました。「私をあらゆる危険から助け出してくださった主は生きておられる。 30 いつかイスラエルの神、主の前でおまえに誓ったとおり、今日、おまえの子ソロモンを王とし、私の王座につかせる。」

31 バテ・シェバはもう一度うやうやしくおじぎをすると、感きわまって言いました。「ありがとうございます、わが君。どうか、いつまでもおすこやかに。」

32 「祭司ツァドクと預言者ナタン、それにベナヤをここに呼びなさい。」王は続けて言いました。三人が前に出ると、 33 王はこう命じました。「ソロモンと私の家来とをギホンへ連れて行きなさい。ソロモンは私の雌らばに乗せて。 34 祭司ツァドクと預言者ナタンは、そこでソロモンに油を注ぎ、イスラエルの王とするのだ。それからラッパを吹き鳴らし、『ソロモン王、ばんざい!』と叫びなさい。 35 ソロモンが戻りしだい、新しい王として王座につけよう。私はソロモンを、イスラエルとユダの王に任じる。」

36 ベナヤが答えました。「アーメン! 神様をほめたたえます。 37 主があなたとともにおられたように、ソロモン様ともおられますように。ソロモン王を、あなた以上に偉大な王としてくださいますように!」

38 こうして、祭司ツァドク、預言者ナタン、ベナヤ、王の家臣たちは、ソロモンを王の雌らばに乗せてギホンに向かいました。 39 ギホンに着くと、ツァドクは天幕から神聖な油を取り出し、ソロモンの頭に注ぎました。ラッパが吹き鳴らされ、人々はみな、「ソロモン王、ばんざい!」と叫びました。 40 彼らはソロモンのあとに従ってエルサレムへ帰って来ましたが、その道中は喜び祝う歌声に満ちあふれました。

41 一方、アドニヤと招待客はちょうど食事を終えたところでした。何やら外が騒がしいので、ヨアブがいぶかしげに言いました。「いったい何事だ。何の騒ぎだ?」

42 そのことばが終わらないうちに、祭司エブヤタルの子ヨナタンが駆け込んで来たので、アドニヤは言いました。「入りなさい。おまえは勇敢な者だから、良い知らせを持って来たに違いない。」

43 ヨナタンは答えました。「わが君、ダビデ王は、ソロモン様が次の王だと発表しました!  44-45 しかも、ソロモン様をご自分の雌らばに乗せ、ギホンへ行かせたのです。祭司ツァドク、預言者ナタン、それにベナヤが同行し、王の護衛隊が警護に当たりました。ツァドクとナタンは、ソロモン様の頭に油を注いで、新しい王にしました。一行が戻って来たので、町中が喜びにわきかえっています。あの騒がしい物音をお聞きください。 46-47 ソロモン様はすでに王座におつきです。国民はこぞってダビデ王に、『どうか神様が、あなたを豊かに祝福してくださった以上に、ソロモン様を祝福してくださるように。ソロモン王を、あなた以上に栄えさせてくださるように』とお祝いを申し上げています。王は床についたまま、人々の祝福のことばを受けておいでです。 48 しかも、『私が生きているうちに、息子の一人を選んで、王座につけてくださったイスラエルの神、主を心からほめたたえる』と言っておられるとか。」

49-50 これを聞いて、アドニヤと招待客は飛び上がらんばかりに驚き、狼狽しました。この先、自分たちがどうなるかわかったものではありません。客たちは恐ろしくなって、逃げ帰りました。アドニヤは幕屋に駆け込み、祭壇の角にしがみつきました。 51 アドニヤが聖所に入って、命乞いをしていることが報告されると、 52 ソロモンは言いました。「もし彼が潔くふるまうなら、危害は加えまい。しかし、そうでなければいのちはない。」 53 ソロモン王はアドニヤを呼びにやり、祭壇から下ろさせました。彼が王の前に来て恐れかしこんで礼をすると、王は、「家へ帰るがよい」とあっさり言って去らせました。

Amplified Bible

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.