New American Standard Bible

1 Kings 1

David in Old Age

1Now King David was old, advanced in age; and they covered him with clothes, but he could not keep warm. So his servants said to him, “Let them seek a young virgin for my lord the king, and let her [a]attend the king and become his nurse; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may keep warm.” So they searched for a beautiful girl throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the 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 did not [b]cohabit with her.

Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him. His father had never [c]crossed him at any time by asking, “Why have you done so?” And he was also a very handsome man, and [d]he was born after Absalom. [e]He had conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest; and following Adonijah they helped him. But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.

Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings by the [f]stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, and Solomon his brother.

Nathan and Bathsheba

11 Then Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it? 12 So now come, please let me give you counsel and save your life and the life of your son Solomon. 13 Go [g]at once to King David and say to him, ‘Have you not, my lord, O king, sworn to your maidservant, saying, “Surely Solomon your son shall 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 in to the king in the bedroom. Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king. 16 Then Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself [h]before the king. And the king said, “What [i]do you wish?” 17 She said to him, “My lord, you swore to your maidservant by the Lord your God, saying, ‘Surely your son Solomon shall be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.’ 18 Now, behold, Adonijah is king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know it. 19 He has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king and Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant. 20 As for you now, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21 Otherwise it will come about, as soon as my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered [j]offenders.”

22 Behold, while she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in. 23 They told the king, saying, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came in before the king, he prostrated himself [k]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 For he has gone down today and has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons and the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest, and behold, they are eating and drinking before him; and they say, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 26 But me, even me your servant, and Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and your servant Solomon, he has not invited. 27 Has this thing been done by my lord the king, and you have not shown to your [l]servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”

28 Then King David said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” And she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 The king vowed and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress, 30 surely as I vowed to you by the Lord the God of Israel, saying, ‘Your son Solomon shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’; I will indeed do so this day.” 31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground, and prostrated herself [m]before the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever.”

32 Then King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” And they came into the king’s presence. 33 The king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34 Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne and be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.” 36 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! Thus may the Lord, the God of my lord the king, say. 37 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 went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. 39 Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” 40 All the people went up after him, and the people [n]were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth [o]shook at their noise.

41 Now Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished eating. When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, “Why [p]is the city making such an uproar?” 42 While he was still speaking, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came. Then Adonijah said, “Come in, for you are a valiant man and bring good news.” 43 But Jonathan replied to Adonijah, “No! Our lord King David has made Solomon king. 44 The king has also sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites; and they have made him ride on the king’s mule. 45 Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon, and they have come up from there rejoicing, so that the city is in an uproar. This is the noise which you have heard. 46 Besides, Solomon has even taken his seat on the throne of the kingdom. 47 Moreover, the king’s servants came to bless our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name and his throne greater than your throne!’ And the king bowed himself on the bed. 48 The king has also said thus, ‘Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has granted one to sit on my throne today while my own eyes see it.’”

49 Then all the guests of Adonijah were terrified; and they arose and each went on his way. 50 And Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, and he arose, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. 51 Now it was told Solomon, saying, “Behold, Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon, for behold, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’” 52 Solomon said, “If he is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will fall to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he will die.” 53 So King Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and prostrated himself [q]before King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, “Go to your house.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Kings 1:2 Lit stand before
  2. 1 Kings 1:4 Lit know her
  3. 1 Kings 1:6 Lit pained him
  4. 1 Kings 1:6 Lit she gave him birth
  5. 1 Kings 1:7 Lit his words were
  6. 1 Kings 1:9 Or Gliding or Serpent Stone
  7. 1 Kings 1:13 Lit and enter
  8. 1 Kings 1:16 Lit to
  9. 1 Kings 1:16 Lit to you
  10. 1 Kings 1:21 Lit sinners
  11. 1 Kings 1:23 Lit to
  12. 1 Kings 1:27 Some mss read servant
  13. 1 Kings 1:31 Lit to
  14. 1 Kings 1:40 Lit fluting
  15. 1 Kings 1:40 Lit was split
  16. 1 Kings 1:41 Lit is the sound of the city an uproar
  17. 1 Kings 1:53 Lit to

Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

1. Kongebog 1:1-53

David som en gammel mand

1På sine gamle dage døjede kong David med at holde varmen. Uanset hvor mange tæpper man lagde over ham, frøs han altid.

2Hans rådgivere sagde da til ham: „Lad os lede efter en ung pige, som kan ligge i din favn og hjælpe dig til at holde varmen.” Det syntes David var en god idé.

3-4Så gennemsøgte de landet på kryds og tværs i håb om at finde den rigtige pige, og de fandt Abishag, en smuk ung pige fra Shunem. Hende førte de til kongen, og hun tog sig kærligt af ham, men der var ikke tale om noget seksuelt forhold.

Adonija gør krav på tronen

5Adonija, som var søn af kong David og Haggit, havde store tanker om sig selv, og han ville gerne være konge efter sin far. Derfor anskaffede han sig vogn, ryttere og en livgarde på 50 mand, der skulle løbe foran ham gennem byen. 6David hverken irettesatte ham eller satte spørgsmålstegn ved, hvad han gjorde. Adonija var en flot ung mand, og nummer to i tronfølgerækken efter Absalom. 7Han allierede sig med hærføreren Joab og præsten Ebjatar, som begge lovede at hjælpe ham til magten. 8Men præsten Zadok, profeten Natan, samt Benaja, Shimi, Rei og Davids livgarde svigtede ikke kongen. De nægtede at give Adonija tilsagn om støtte.

9En dag tog Adonija af sted til den såkaldte Slangesten ved Rogelkilden lidt uden for Jerusalem, hvor han ofrede småkvæg, hornkvæg og fedekalve. Til denne selvbestaltede kroningsfest inviterede han alle sine halvbrødre undtagen Salomon, og alle de kongelige embedsmænd i Juda 10med undtagelse af profeten Natan, Benaja og kongens livgarde.

11Da gik profeten Natan til Batsheba, Salomons mor, og sagde: „Har du hørt, at Adonija har udråbt sig selv til konge, uden at David aner noget om det? 12Hvis du har dit eget og din søn Salomons liv kært, så gør som jeg siger: 13Gå straks til kong David og sig til ham: ‚Herre, lovede du mig ikke, at Salomon skulle overtage tronen efter dig? Hvorfor er Adonija så blevet udråbt til konge?’ ” 14Og Natan tilføjede: „Mens du er hos kongen, kommer jeg og bekræfter hvert eneste ord, du siger.”

15Derpå gik Batsheba ind i kongens soveværelse. David var jo meget gammel, og Abishag var hos ham. 16Batsheba bøjede sig dybt for kongen, og han spurgte: „Hvad vil du?”

17„Min herre,” svarede hun. „Du aflagde det løfte over for Herren, din Gud, at min søn Salomon skulle afløse dig på tronen. 18Men i stedet er Adonija blevet udråbt til konge uden dit vidende. 19Han har kronet sig selv og ofret en masse hornkvæg, småkvæg og fedekalve. Både Ebjatar og Joab og alle dine sønner på nær Salomon er med til festen. 20Og nu, min herre konge, venter hele Israel på at få at vide, om du virkelig har udpeget Adonija som din efterfølger. 21Hvis du ikke griber ind nu, vil Salomon og jeg blive henrettet, så snart du er død.”

22-23Mens Batsheba talte med David, ankom Natan til paladset, og tjenerne meddelte kongen: „Profeten Natan er her for at tale med dig,” Batsheba blev bedt om at gå ud, så kongen kunne høre, hvad Natan havde at sige.

Da Natan kom ind i soveværelset, bøjede han sig dybt for kongen 24og spurgte: „Herre, er det rigtigt, at du har udpeget Adonija til at blive din efterfølger? Er det ham, der skal sidde på tronen efter dig? 25I dag fejrede han kroningsfest ved at ofre en masse hornkvæg, småkvæg og fedekalve, og han inviterede dine sønner til festen sammen med Joab og Ebjatar. I dette øjeblik fester og drikker de og råber: ‚Længe leve kong Adonija!’ 26Men Zadok, Benaja, Salomon og jeg blev ikke inviteret. 27Sker det efter din befaling? Har du virkelig udpeget Adonija til tronfølger uden at sige et ord om det til dine betroede embedsmænd?”

David gør Salomon til konge

28„Kald på Batsheba!” befalede kong David sine tjenere, da Natan var gået. Så kom hun tilbage og stod foran kongen. 29Da sagde David: „Jeg lover ved den levende Gud, som trofast har hjulpet mig gennem alle farer, 30at jeg i dag vil indfri det løfte, jeg gav dig ind for Guds ansigt: Din søn Salomon skal være min efterfølger på tronen!”

31Da bøjede Batsheba sig dybt for ham og udbrød: „Gid min herre og konge må leve for evigt!”

32„Kald Zadok ind,” beordrede kongen, „også Natan og Benaja!”

Da de var kommet, 33sagde han til dem: „Tag Salomon og mine mænd med jer til Gihon, og giv Salomon mit eget muldyr at ride på. 34Dér ved Gihonkilden skal Zadok i sin egenskab af præst og Natan som profet salve ham til konge over Israels folk. Efter salvningen skal I lade blæse i vædderhornet og udråbe et længe leve for kong Salomon. 35Og når I kommer tilbage, skal I sætte ham på min kongetrone, for jeg har udpeget ham til at være konge over Israel og Juda.”

36„Amen!” svarede Benaja. „Herren, min konges Gud, vil føre det igennem! 37Gid Herren må velsigne Salomon, som han har velsignet dig—ja, må Salomons kongedømme blive endnu mægtigere end dit!”

38Så fik Zadok, Natan og Benaja fat på Salomon og lod ham ride på kongens private muldyr, og de tog alle af sted til Gihon sammen med den kongelige livgarde. 39Zadok havde hentet hornet med den hellige salveolie fra teltet, hvor arken stod, og da de kom til Gihon, hældte han olien ud over Salomons hoved. Salomon var dermed salvet til konge. Der blev blæst i vædderhornet, og folket råbte: „Længe leve kong Salomon!” 40Derpå fulgte de Salomon tilbage til Jerusalem. Undervejs spillede folk på fløjte og jublede så højt, at jorden gyngede under dem.

41I mellemtiden var Adonijas kroningsfest ved at være til ende. Gæsterne var netop ved at bryde op, da de hørte lyden af vædderhornet inde fra byen.

„Hvad sker der?” udbrød Joab. „Hvad er der på færde i byen?” 42I det samme ankom præsten Ebjatars søn, Jonatan.

„Velkommen!” sagde Adonija til Jonatan. „En mand som du kommer sikkert med gode nyheder!”

43„Desværre!” råbte Jonatan. „Kong David har netop udråbt Salomon til konge! 44-45Han gav ham sit eget private muldyr og sendte ham til Gihon sammen med Zadok, Natan og Benaja, eskorteret af den kongelige livgarde. Der salvede Zadok og Natan ham til konge. De er netop vendt tilbage fra Gihon, og byen er på den anden ende af begejstring. Det er grunden til al den larm. 46Salomon er nu indsat som konge, 47-48og hele hoffet lykønsker kong David og siger: ‚Gid din Gud må gøre Salomon endnu mere berømt end dig—og hans kongedømme endnu mægtigere end dit!’ Kongen har fra sin seng udtrykt sin taknemmelighed til Gud og sagt: ‚Lovet være Herren, Israels Gud, som i dag har gjort mig den glæde at udvælge en af mine sønner til konge efter mig!’ ”

49-50Ved de ord sprang Adonija og hans gæster panikslagne op fra bordet og flygtede for livet. Adonija skyndte sig til helligdommen og greb fat i de horn, der sad på hjørnerne af alteret.

51Salomon fik besked om, at Adonija havde søgt tilflugt ved alterets horn, og at han sagde: „Jeg bliver her, indtil Salomon sværger på, at han ikke vil slå mig ihjel.” 52Salomons reaktion var: „Hvis han vil være loyal over for mig, skal jeg ikke krumme et hår på hans hoved, men hvis han pønser på at undergrave mit kongedømme, skal han dø.” 53Så sendte kong Salomon sine mænd af sted for at hente Adonija ved alteret. Han blev ført frem for kongen og kastede sig ned foran ham med ansigtet mod jorden. Men Salomon nøjedes med at sige til ham: „Du har frihed til at gå hjem.”