1Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.1.1 stricken…: Heb. entered into days 2Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.1.2 Let there…: Heb. Let them seek1.2 a young…: Heb. a damsel, a virgin1.2 cherish…: Heb. be a cherisher unto him 3So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
5¶ Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.1.5 be king: Heb. reign 6And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.1.6 at any…: Heb. from his days 7And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.1.7 he…: Heb. his words were with1.7 following…: Heb. helped after Adonijah 8But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. 9And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En-rogel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants:1.9 En-rogel: or, the well Rogel 10But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
11¶ Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not? 12Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. 13Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign? 14Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.1.14 confirm: Heb. fill up
15¶ And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. 16And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?1.16 What…: Heb. What to thee? 17And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. 18And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not: 19And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called. 20And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.1.21 offenders: Heb. sinners
22¶ And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in. 23And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. 24And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? 25For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.1.25 God…: Heb. Let king Adonijah live 26But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. 27Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?
28¶ Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king.1.28 into…: Heb. before the king 29And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, 30Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. 31Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever.
32¶ And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. 33The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:1.33 mine…: Heb. which belongeth to me 34And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. 35Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah. 36And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too. 37As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David. 38So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. 39And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon. 40And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.1.40 pipes: or, flutes
41¶ And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar? 42And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings. 43And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king. 44And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king’s mule: 45And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard. 46And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom. 47And moreover the king’s servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed. 48And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it. 49And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
50¶ And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. 51And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword. 52And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die. 53So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.
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。」
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。」