The Message

1 Kings 1


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.”

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

1 Bassekabaka 1

Adoniya yeefuula Kabaka

1Awo kabaka Dawudi bwe yali akaddiye nnyo, nga ne bwe bamubikka takyabuguma, abaweereza be ne bamuwa ekirowoozo nti, “Banoonyeze mukama waffe kabaka, omuwala embeerera ayimirirenga mu maaso ga kabaka era amuweerezenga; era agalamirenga mu kifuba kya mukama waffe kabaka amubugumyenga.” Awo ne banoonya okubuna ensalo zonna eza Isirayiri omuwala omulungi, ne bazuula Abisaagi Omusunammu, ne bamuleetera kabaka. Omuwala oyo yali mulungi nnyo; n’ajjanjabanga kabaka era n’amuweerezanga, naye kabaka teyamumanya.

Awo Adoniya[a] mutabani wa Dawudi gwe yazaala mu Kaggisi ne yeegulumiza ng’ayogera nti, “Nze ndiba kabaka.” Ne yeetegekera amagaali n’abeebagala embalaasi, n’abasajja amakumi ataano ab’ebigere okuddukiranga mu maaso ge. Kitaawe n’atamunenya ku mubuuza nti, “Lwaki weeyisa bw’otyo?” Adoniya yali alabika bulungi nnyo, nga y’adda ku Abusaalomu.

Adoniya yateesa ne Yowaabu mutabani wa Zeruyiya[b] ne Abiyasaali kabona, ne baamuwagira. Naye Zadooki kabona, ne Benaya mutabani wa Yekoyaada, ne Nasani nnabbi, ne Simeeyi, ne Leeyi, n’abasajja ba Dawudi ab’amaanyi abalala tebaali ku ludda lwa Adoniya.

Adoniya n’attira endiga n’ente n’ebyassava awali ejjinja Zokeresi eririraanye Enerogeri, n’ayita baganda be bonna, abaana ba kabaka, n’abakungu bonna aba Yuda, 10 naye n’atayita Sulemaani muganda we wadde Nasani nnabbi, newaakubadde Benaya, newaakubadde abasajja ba Dawudi ab’amaanyi abalala.

11 Awo Nasani n’agenda eri Basuseba nnyina Sulemaani n’amugamba nti, “Towulidde nga Adoniya mutabani wa Kaggisi alidde obwakabaka, Dawudi mukama waffe nga takimanyi? 12 Kale nno kankuwe amagezi, owonye obulamu bwo n’obwa mutabani wo Sulemaani. 13 Genda eri Kabaka Dawudi, omugambe nti, ‘Mukama wange Kabaka, tewalayirira muzaana wo nti, Sulemaani mutabani wo y’alirya obwakabaka oluvannyuma lwange, era y’alituula ku ntebe yange ey’obwakabaka? Kale lwaki Adoniya alidde obwakabaka?’ 14 Laba bw’onooba ng’okyayogera ne kabaka, nange nnaayingira ne nkakasa ebigambo byo.”

15 Awo Basuseba n’agenda eri Kabaka, mu kisenge kye, era Kabaka yali mukadde nnyo nga Abisaagi Omusunammu amuweereza. 16 Basuseba n’akka n’afukamirira kabaka.

Kabaka n’amubuuza nti, “Nkukolere ki?”

17 N’amuddamu nti, “Mukama wange, ggwe walayirira omuzaana wo eri Mukama Katonda wo nti, ‘Sulemaani mutabani wo y’alirya obwakabaka oluvannyuma lwange, era y’alituula ku ntebe yange ey’obwakabaka.’ 18 Naye kaakano Adoniya alidde obwakabaka, newaakubadde mukama wange kabaka, tokimanyi. 19 Asse ente, n’ebyassava n’endiga nnyingi, era ayise abaana ba kabaka bonna, ne Abiyasaali kabona, ne Yowaabu omukulu w’eggye, naye Sulemaani omuddu wo tamuyise. 20 Kaakano mukama wange kabaka, amaaso ga Isirayiri gatunuulidde gwe, okubategeeza anaatuula ku ntebe y’obwakabaka eya mukama wange kabaka, oluvannyuma lwe. 21 Bw’otookole bw’otyo, awo olulituuka, mukama wange kabaka bw’olyebakira awamu ne bajjajjaabo, nze ne mutabani wange Sulemaani tuliyitibwa babi.”

22 Awo bwe yali akyayogera ne kabaka, Nasani nnabbi n’ayingira. 23 Ne babuulira kabaka nti, “Nasani nnabbi ali wano.” Awo n’ayingira mu maaso ga kabaka, era n’avuunama amaaso ge mu maaso ga kabaka.

24 Nasani n’ayogera nti, “Mukama wange, wagamba nti Adoniya y’alirya obwakabaka oluvannyuma lwo, era y’alituula ku ntebe yo? 25 Olwa leero aserengese, era asse ente, n’ebyassava n’endiga nnyingi, era ayise abaana ba kabaka bonna n’abakulu b’eggye ne Abiyasaali kabona. Mu kiseera kino balya era banywera wamu naye, nga boogera nti, ‘Kabaka Adoniya awangaale!’ 26 Naye nze omuddu wo, ne Zadooki kabona, ne Benaya mutabani wa Yekoyaada n’omuddu wo Sulemaani, tatuyise. 27 Kino mukama wange kabaka, okikoze n’ototegeeza baweereza bo alituula ku ntebe ya mukama wange kabaka ey’obwakabaka, oluvannyuma lwe?”

28 Awo Kabaka Dawudi n’addamu nti, “Muyite Basuseba.” Basuseba n’ajja awali kabaka n’ayimirira mu maaso ge.

29 Awo kabaka n’alayira ng’ayogera nti, “Nga Mukama bw’ali omulamu eyannunula mu buli kabi konna; 30 era nga bwe nakulayirira mu maaso ga Mukama, Katonda wa Isirayiri, Sulemaani mutabani wo y’alirya obwakabaka oluvannyuma lwange, era y’alituula ku ntebe yange ey’obwakabaka mu kifo kyange.”

31 Awo Basuseba n’avuunama ku ttaka mu maaso ga kabaka ng’agamba nti, “Mukama wange Kabaka Dawudi awangaale emirembe gyonna!” 32 Kabaka Dawudi n’ayogera nti, “Muyite Zadooki kabona, ne Nasani nnabbi ne Benaya mutabani wa Yekoyaada bayingire.” Bwe bajja mu maaso ga kabaka, 33 n’abagamba nti, “Mutwale abaweereza[c] ba mukama wammwe, mwebagaze Sulemaani mutabani wange ennyumbu yange, mumuserengese e Gikoni. 34 Zadooki kabona ne Nasani nnabbi bamufukireko eyo amafuta okuba kabaka wa Isirayiri. Mufuuwe ekkondeere era muleekaane nti, ‘Kabaka Sulemaani awangaale.’ 35 Mwambuke naye, atuule ku ntebe yange ey’obwakabaka era afuge mu kifo kyange. Mmufudde omukulembeze wa Isirayiri ne Yuda.”

36 Benaya mutabani wa Yekoyaada n’addamu kabaka nti, “Amiina! Mukama Katonda wa mukama wange kabaka akituukirize. 37 Mukama nga bwe yabeeranga ne mukama wange kabaka, abeere ne Sulemaani okufuula entebe ye ey’obwakabaka ey’ekitiibwa n’okusinga entebe ey’obwakabaka eya mukama wange Kabaka Dawudi!”

38 Awo Zadooki kabona, ne Nasani nnabbi ne Benaya mutabani wa Yekoyaada, n’Abakeresi n’Abaperesi[d] ne beebagaza Sulemaani ennyumbu ya Kabaka Dawudi, ne baserengeta nga bamuwerekera okugenda e Gikoni. 39 Zadooki kabona n’aggya ejjembe ery’amafuta mu weema,[e] n’afuka amafuta ku Sulemaani. Awo ne bafuuwa ekkondeere, abantu bonna ne baleekaana mu ddoboozi ery’omwanguka nti, “Kabaka Sulemaani awangaale.” 40 Abantu bonna ne bambuka okumugoberera nga bafuuwa endere, era nga basanyuka essanyu lingi, ettaka n’okwatika ne lyatika olw’oluyoogaano olunene.

41 Adoniya n’abagenyi be bonna ne bawulira oluyoogaano bwe baali nga bamaliriza okulya. Yowaabu bwe yawulira eddoboozi ly’ekkondeere, n’abuuza nti, “Ekibuga nga kiyoogaana?” 42 Awo bwe yali ng’akyayogera laba, Yonasaani mutabani wa Abiyasaali kabona n’atuuka. Adoniya n’ayogera nti, “Yingira kubanga omusajja omulungi nga ggwe ateekwa kuba ng’aleese mawulire malungi.”

43 Yonasaani n’addamu nti, “Nedda. Mukama waffe Kabaka Dawudi, obwakabaka abuwadde Sulemaani, 44 era kabaka atumye Zadooki kabona, ne Nasani nnabbi, ne Benaya mutabani wa Yekoyaada, n’Abakeresi n’Abaperesi, okugenda naye nga bamwebagazza ennyumbu ya kabaka. 45 Zadooki kabona ne Nasani nnabbi bamufukiddeko amafuta e Gikoni, era bambuse okuvaayo nga bajaguza, n’ekibuga kiwuumira ddala. Okwo kwe kuleekaana kwe muwulira. 46 Kaakano Sulemaani atudde ku ntebe ey’obwakabaka. 47 N’abakungu ba kabaka bazze okusanyukirako mukama waffe Kabaka Dawudi, nga boogera nti, ‘Katonda wo afuule erinnya lya Sulemaani ekkulu n’okusinga eriryo era n’entebe ye ey’obwakabaka enkulu n’okusinga eyiyo!’ Era Kabaka akutamye ng’asinza ku kitanda kye, 48 n’agamba nti, ‘Yeebazibwe Mukama, Katonda wa Isirayiri, akkirizza amaaso gange okulaba omusika ku ntebe yange ey’obwakabaka leero.’ ”

49 Abagenyi ba Adoniya bonna olwawulira ebyo ne beekanga nnyo, ne basituka ne basaasaana. 50 Adoniya n’aggwaamu amaanyi olwa Sulemaani okulya obwakabaka, era n’agenda ne yeekwata ku mayembe g’ekyoto. 51 Awo ne babuulira Sulemaani nti, “Adoniya atidde kabaka Sulemaani era yeekutte ku mayembe g’ekyoto. Agambye nti, ‘Kabaka Sulemaani andayirire leero nti tajja kutta muddu we n’ekitala.’ ”

52 Sulemaani n’addamu nti, “Bw’alyeraga okuba omusajja omulungi, tewaliba luviiri lwe na lumu oluligwa wansi; naye bw’alirabikamu ekibi, alifa.” 53 Awo Kabaka Sulemaani n’atuma abasajja, ne baggya Adoniya ku kyoto. N’ajja n’avuunamira kabaka Sulemaani, Sulemaani n’amugamba nti, “Weddireyo ewuwo.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 Adoniya ye yali mutabani wa Dawudi owookuna (2Sa 3:4) ng’aweza emyaka nga asatu mu etaano. Amunoni, ne Abusaalomu, ne Kiriyaabu (eyafa nga muto) bonna baali baafa
  2. 1:7 Zeruyiya ye yali mwannyina Dawudi.
  3. 1:33 Abaweereza mu nsonga eno kitegeeza eggye lya kabaka erimukuuma
  4. 1:38 Abakeresi n’Abaperesi baali bakuumi ba Dawudi ab’oku mwanjo. Baava Kuleete ne Bufirisuuti (2Sa 8:18)
  5. 1:39 Eweema eyogerwako wano ye weema Dawudi gye yakolera essanduuko ey’endagaano ya Katonda. Eweema ey’Okukuŋŋaanirangamu eyazimbibwa, ng’Abayisirayiri bakyali mu ddungu, yali ekyali e Gibyoni (3:4; 2Sa 6:17)