New International Reader's Version

1 Kings 1

Adonijah Makes Himself King

1King David was now very old. He couldn’t keep warm even when blankets were spread over him. So his attendants spoke to him. They said, “You are our king and master. Please let us try to find a young virgin to serve you. She can take care of you. She can lie down beside you to keep you warm.”

So David’s attendants looked all over Israel for a beautiful young woman. They found Abishag. She was from the town of Shunem. They brought her to the king. The woman was very beautiful. She took care of the king and served him. But the king didn’t have sex with her.

Adonijah was the son of David and his wife Haggith. He came forward and announced, “I’m going to be the next king.” So he got chariots and horses ready. He also got 50 men to run in front of him. His father had never tried to stop him from doing what he wanted to. His father had never asked him, “Why are you acting the way you do?” Adonijah was also very handsome. Now that Absalom was dead, Adonijah was David’s oldest son.

Adonijah talked things over with Joab, the son of Zeruiah. He also talked with Abiathar the priest. They agreed to help him. But Zadok the priest and Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, didn’t join Adonijah. Nathan the prophet didn’t join him. Shimei and Rei didn’t join him. And neither did David’s special guard.

Adonijah sacrificed sheep, cattle and fat calves. He sacrificed them at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the royal officials of Judah. 10 But he didn’t invite Benaiah or Nathan the prophet. He didn’t invite the special guard or his brother Solomon either.

11 Nathan asked Solomon’s mother Bathsheba, “Haven’t you heard? Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has made himself king. And King David doesn’t know anything about it. 12 So let me tell you what to do to save your life. It will also save the life of your son Solomon. 13 Go in and see King David. Say to him, ‘You are my king and master. You promised me, “You can be sure that your son Solomon will be king after me. He will sit on my throne.” If that’s really true, why has Adonijah become king?’ 14 While you are still talking to the king, I’ll come in and support what you have said.”

15 So Bathsheba went to see the old king in his room. Abishag, the Shunammite, was taking care of him there. 16 Bathsheba bowed low in front of the king.

“What do you want?” the king asked.

17 She said to him, “My master, you made a promise in the name of the Lord your God. You promised me, ‘Your son Solomon will be king after me. He will sit on my throne.’ 18 But now Adonijah has made himself king. And you don’t even know about it. 19 He has sacrificed large numbers of cattle, fat calves and sheep. He has invited all the king’s sons. He has also invited Abiathar the priest and Joab, the commander of the army. But he hasn’t invited your son Solomon. 20 You are my king and master. All the Israelites are watching to see what you will do. They want to find out from you who will sit on the throne after you. 21 If you don’t do something, I and my son Solomon will be treated like people who have committed crimes. That will happen as soon as you join the members of your family who have already died.”

22 While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived. 23 The king was told, “Nathan the prophet is here.” So Nathan went to the king. He bowed down with his face toward the ground.

24 Nathan said, “You are my king and master. Have you announced that Adonijah will be king after you? Have you said he will sit on your throne? 25 Today he has gone down outside the city. He has sacrificed large numbers of cattle, fat calves and sheep. He has invited all the king’s sons. He has also invited the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. Even now they are eating and drinking with him. They are saying, ‘May King Adonijah live a long time!’ 26 But he didn’t invite me. He didn’t invite Zadok the priest or Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada. He didn’t invite your son Solomon either. 27 King David, have you allowed all of that to happen? Did you do it without letting us know about it? Why didn’t you tell us who is going to sit on your throne after you?”

David Makes Solomon King

28 King David said, “Tell Bathsheba to come in.” So she came and stood in front of the king.

29 Then the king made a promise. He said, “The Lord has saved me from all my troubles. You can be sure that he lives. 30 And you can be just as sure I will do what I promised. This is the day I will do what I promised in the name of the Lord. He is the God of Israel. I promised you that your son Solomon would be king after me. He will sit on my throne in my place.”

31 Then Bathsheba bowed down in front of the king. Her face was toward the ground. She said, “King David, you are my master. May you live forever!”

32 King David said, “Tell Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet to come in. Also tell Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, to come.” So they came to the king. 33 He said to them, “Take my officials with you. Have my son Solomon get on my own mule. Take him down to the Gihon spring. 34 Have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him as king over Israel there. Blow a trumpet. Shout, ‘May King Solomon live a long time!’ 35 Then come back up to the city with him. Have him sit on my throne. He will rule in my place. I’ve appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah.”

36 Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, answered the king. “Amen!” he said. “May the Lord your God make it come true. 37 You are my king and master. The Lord has been with you. May he also be with Solomon. King David, may the Lord make Solomon’s kingdom even greater than yours!”

38 So Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet left the palace. Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went with them. So did the Kerethites and Pelethites. They had Solomon get on King David’s mule. And they brought him down to the Gihon spring. 39 Zadok the priest had taken an animal horn from the sacred tent. The horn was filled with olive oil. He anointed Solomon with the oil. A trumpet was blown. All the people shouted, “May King Solomon live a long time!” 40 Then they went up toward the city. Solomon was leading the way. The people were playing flutes. They were filled with great joy. The ground shook because of all the noise.

41 Adonijah and all his guests heard it. They were just finishing their meal. Joab heard the sound of the trumpet. So he asked, “What does all this noise in the city mean?”

42 While Joab was still speaking, Jonathan arrived. Jonathan was the son of Abiathar the priest. Adonijah said, “Come in. I have respect for you. You must be bringing good news.”

43 “No! I’m not!” Jonathan answered. “Our master King David has made Solomon king. 44 David sent Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet along with Solomon. He also sent Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, with him. He sent the Kerethites and Pelethites with him too. They put him on the king’s mule. 45 They took him down to the Gihon spring. There Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed him as king. Now they’ve gone back up to the city. They were cheering all the way. The city is filled with the sound of it. That’s the noise you hear. 46 And that’s not all. Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne. 47 The royal officials came to give their blessing to our master King David. They said, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours! May he make Solomon’s kingdom greater than yours!’ While King David was sitting on his bed, he bowed in worship. 48 He said, ‘I praise the Lord. He is the God of Israel. He has let me live to see my son sitting on my throne today as the next king.’ ”

49 When all Adonijah’s guests heard that, they were terrified. So they got up and scattered. 50 Adonijah was afraid of what Solomon might do to him. So he went and grabbed the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. Those horns stuck out from its upper corners. 51 Then Solomon was told, “King Solomon, Adonijah is afraid of you. He’s holding onto the horns of the altar. He says, ‘I want King Solomon to make a promise today. I want him to promise that he won’t kill me with his sword.’ ”

52 Solomon replied, “Let him show that he’s a man people can respect. Then not even one hair on his head will fall to the ground. But if I find out he’s done something evil, he will die.” 53 King Solomon got some men to bring Adonijah down from the altar. He came and bowed down to King Solomon. Solomon said, “Go on home.”

O Livro

1 Reis 1

Adonias pretende ser rei

1Sendo o rei David já muito idoso, tinha enorme dificuldade em se aquecer. Por mais mantas com que o cobrissem, tinha sempre frio. “O remédio para isso”, disseram-lhe os criados, “é procurar-se uma rapariga virgem que cuide do rei e se recline nos seus braços, mantendo-o quente.”

Então procuraram em todo o país uma rapariga que fosse formosa e selecionaram Abisague, sunamita. Trouxeram-na para junto do rei e ela cuidava dele, mas não tiveram relações sexuais.

Por essa altura, o príncipe Adonias, cuja mãe era Hagite, decidiu ocupar o trono em lugar do seu pai. Reuniu carros e cavaleiros e recrutou cinquenta homens de marcha. O pai nunca o tinha sabido disciplinar; nunca fora contrariado nem repreendido. Era um homem extremamente bem parecido e Absalão era o seu irmão mais velho.

Este procurou ganhar a confiança do general Joabe e de Abiatar, o sacerdote, os quais concordaram em colaborar nos seus intentos. Mas houve alguns que permaneceram fiéis ao rei David e que recusaram a apoiar Adonias, como foi o caso do sacerdote Zadoque, e Benaia, filho de Jeoiada, o profeta Natã e ainda Simei, Reé e os outros valentes do rei.

Adonias foi até En-Rogel e sacrificou ovelhas, bois e bezerros cevados, junto à pedra de Zoelete. Convidou todos os irmãos, os outros filhos do rei David, assim como figuras de relevo de Judá pertencentes à casa real, pedindo-lhes que assistissem à sua coroação. 10 Contudo, não convidou nem o profeta Natã, nem Benaia, nem os valentes guerreiros que tinham permanecido leais, nem o seu irmão Salomão.

11 O profeta Natã foi ter com Bate-Seba, mãe de Salomão, e perguntou-lhe: “Estás a dar-te conta do que anda a suceder? Adonias, o filho de Hagite, vai tornar-se rei sem que David, o nosso senhor, o saiba! 12 Se queres conservar a tua vida e a do teu filho Salomão, faz exatamente o que te vou dizer: 13 Vai já ter com David e coloca-lhe esta questão: ‘Meu senhor, não me prometeste tu que o meu filho Salomão te sucederia no trono? Por que razão está então Adonias a reinar?’ 14 Enquanto estiveres a falar, eu chegarei e confirmarei o que tiveres dito.”

15 Bate-Seba assim fez e entrou nos aposentos do rei. Este estava mesmo muito velho e Abisague tratava dele. 16 Bate-Seba inclinou-se perante ele. “Que pretendes?”, perguntou-lhe o soberano.

17 “Meu senhor, tu prometeste-me, na presença do Senhor, teu Deus, que o meu filho Salomão seria rei depois de ti e que se sentaria no trono. 18 No entanto, é Adonias que está a reinar e nem sequer estás informado disso. 19 Até já celebrou a sua coroação sacrificando bois, bezerros cevados e muitas ovelhas. Convidou também todos os seus irmãos, o sacerdote Abiatar e o general Joabe, à exceção de Salomão. 20 Todo o Israel está à espera da tua decisão, quanto a saber se Adonias é mesmo aquele que escolheste para te suceder. 21 Se não fizeres alguma coisa, o meu filho Salomão e eu própria seremos presos e executados como qualquer criminoso, logo que venhas a falecer.”

22-23 Enquanto ela falava, os criados do rei vieram dizer-lhe: “Está ali o profeta Natã que te quer falar.” Natã entrou e fez uma profunda vénia diante do soberano, perguntando-lhe: 24 “Meu senhor, designaste Adonias para ser rei em teu lugar? É ele o príncipe que designaste para se sentar no teu trono? 25 Hoje mesmo celebrou a sua coroação, sacrificando bois, bezerros cevados e um sem número de ovelhas; além disso convidou o general Joabe e o sacerdote Abiatar a assistir a essas celebrações. Eles estão a festejar, a beber e a aclamar: ‘Viva o rei Adonias!’ 26 Contudo, é bom saberes que nem Zadoque, o sacerdote, nem Benaia, filho de Jeoiada, nem Salomão, nem eu próprio fomos convidados. 27 Terá isto sido feito com o teu conhecimento? Ainda não disseste uma palavra quanto a qual dos teus filhos escolheste para te suceder no trono.”

Salomão é proclamado rei

28 “Tornem a chamar Bate-Seba”, disse David. Ela tornou a entrar nos aposentos e ali ficou diante do rei. 29 Este prometeu-lhe: “Tão certo como vive o Senhor que me salvou de todos os perigos! 30 Segundo o meu decreto o teu filho Salomão será o rei que me sucederá no trono, como antes tinha garantido na presença do Senhor, Deus de Israel.”

31 Bate-Seba tornou a curvar-se perante ele e exclamou: “Estou-te muito grata, senhor! Que o rei, meu senhor, viva para sempre!”

32 “Agora chamem o sacerdote Zadoque e Benaia”, ordenou o rei. “Que o profeta Natã torne também a vir.” Quando eles chegaram, 33 disse-lhes: “Levem Salomão e a minha guarda real a Giom. Salomão deverá ir montado na minha mula. 34 Ali, Zadoque, o sacerdote, e Natã, o profeta, deverão ungi-lo rei sobre Israel. Tocarão a trombeta e gritarão: ‘Viva o rei Salomão!’ 35 Quando regressarem, ele deverá sentar-se no meu trono como novo rei, porque foi a ele que eu ungi rei de Israel e Judá.”

36-37 “Assim seja! E que o Senhor, o Deus do rei, meu senhor, confirme isso!”, respondeu Benaia, filho de Jeoiada. E acrescentou: “Que o Senhor seja com Salomão como foi contigo e que o seu reinado seja ainda maior que o teu!”

38 O sacerdote Zadoque, o profeta Natã, Benaia, filho de Jeoiada, e os cretenses e peleteus da guarda pessoal do rei levaram Salomão a Giom, montado na mula do soberano. 39 Ali, Zadoque pegou num recipiente contendo o óleo sagrado do tabernáculo e derramou-o sobre Salomão. As trombetas tocaram e todo o povo gritou: “Viva o rei Salomão!” 40 Seguidamente, regressaram todos a Jerusalém, desfilando no meio de muita alegria e de muita música que fazia estremecer o chão.

41 Adonias e os seus hóspedes começaram a ouvir toda aquela euforia e aquele barulho, na altura em que finalizavam o banquete. “Que é que se está a passar?”, perguntou Joabe. “Que alvoroço é este?”

42 Estava ele ainda a pronunciar estas palavras quando Jónatas, o filho do sacerdote Abiatar, apareceu de rompante. “Podes entrar”, disse-lhe Adonias, “porque és um homem valente e deves ter boas notícias.”

43 “O rei David constituiu Salomão sobre o trono!”, exclamou Jónatas. 44 “O rei enviou-o a Giom na companhia de Zadoque, o sacerdote, do profeta Natã e de Benaia, filho de Jeoiada, protegido pela guarda real. Ia montado na própria mula do rei. 45 Zadoque e Natã ungiram-no rei em Giom! Neste momento já regressaram e toda a cidade está em festa, celebrando o acontecimento. Por isso, é que se ouve este barulho. 46 Salomão está já sentado no trono. 47 O povo felicita o rei David dizendo: ‘Que Deus te abençoe ainda mais através de Salomão do que te abençoou pessoalmente e torne o seu reinado ainda maior do que o teu!’ O rei está deitado nos seus aposentos e aí recebe as felicitações, dizendo: 48 ‘Bendito seja o Senhor, Deus de Israel, que escolheu um dos meus filhos para se sentar no meu trono, mantendo-me em vida para ver isso.’ ”

49 Então Adonias e os seus hóspedes deixaram o banquete e fugiram com medo, pois receavam pela segurança das suas vida. 50 Adonias correu para o tabernáculo e pegou nas pontas do altar sagrado. 51 Quando chegou aos ouvidos de Salomão que Adonias estava no tabernáculo pedindo clemência, 52 respondeu: “Se se conduzir retamente, não tem nada a temer; caso contrário morrerá.”

53 O rei Salomão mandou-o vir à sua presença e fizeram-no descer do altar. Ele veio e prostou-se perante o soberano que apenas lhe disse: “Vai para casa!”