1 Kings 2 – NIRV & NEN

New International Reader’s Version

1 Kings 2:1-46

David Gives Orders to Solomon

1The time came near for David to die. So he gave orders to his son Solomon.

2He said, “I’m about to die, just as everyone else on earth does. So be strong. Show how brave you are. 3Do everything the Lord your God requires. Live the way he wants you to. Obey his orders and commands. Keep his laws and rules. Do everything written in the Law of Moses. Then you will have success in everything you do. You will succeed everywhere you go. 4The Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He said, ‘Your sons must be careful about how they live. They must be faithful to me with all their heart and soul. Then you will always have a son from your family line to sit on the throne of Israel.’

5“You yourself know what Joab, the son of Zeruiah, did to me. You know that he killed Abner, the son of Ner, and Amasa, the son of Jether. They were the two commanders of Israel’s armies. He killed them in a time of peace. It wasn’t a time of war. Joab spilled the blood of Abner and Amasa. With that blood he stained the belt around his waist. He also stained the sandals on his feet. 6You are wise. So I leave him in your hands. Just don’t let him live to become an old man. Don’t let him die peacefully.

7“But be kind to the sons of Barzillai from Gilead. Provide what they need. They were faithful to me when I had to run away from your brother Absalom.

8“Don’t forget that Shimei, the son of Gera, is still around. He’s from Bahurim in the territory of Benjamin. Shimei cursed me bitterly. He did it on the day I went to Mahanaim. Later, he came down to welcome me at the Jordan River. At that time I made a promise in the name of the Lord. I promised Shimei, ‘I won’t put you to death with my sword.’ 9But now I want you to think of him as guilty. You are wise. You will know what to do to him. Don’t let him live to become an old man. Put him to death.”

10David joined the members of his family who had already died. He was buried in the City of David. 11He had ruled over Israel for 40 years. He ruled for seven years in Hebron. Then he ruled for 33 years in Jerusalem. 12So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David. His position as king was made secure.

Solomon’s Kingdom Is Made Secure

13Adonijah was the son of David’s wife Haggith. He went to Bathsheba. She was Solomon’s mother. She asked Adonijah, “Have you come in peace?”

He answered, “Yes. I’ve come in peace.” 14He continued, “I want to ask you something.”

“Go ahead,” she replied.

15He said, “As you know, the kingdom belonged to me. The whole nation of Israel thought of me as their king. But now things have changed. The kingdom belongs to my brother. The Lord has given it to him. 16But I have a favor to ask of you. Don’t say no to me.”

“Go ahead,” she said.

17So he continued, “Please ask King Solomon for a favor. He won’t say no to you. Ask him to give me Abishag from Shunem to be my wife.”

18“All right,” Bathsheba replied. “I’ll speak to the king for you.”

19So Bathsheba went to King Solomon. She went to him to speak for Adonijah. The king stood up to greet her. He bowed down to her. Then he sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for his mother. She sat down at his right side.

20“I have one small favor to ask of you,” she said. “Don’t say no to me.”

The king replied, “Mother, go ahead and ask. I won’t say no to you.”

21She said, “Let your brother Adonijah marry Abishag, the Shunammite.”

22King Solomon answered his mother, “Why are you asking me to give Abishag, the Shunammite, to Adonijah? You might as well ask me to give him the whole kingdom! After all, he’s my older brother. And he doesn’t want the kingdom only for himself. He also wants it for Abiathar the priest and for Joab, the son of Zeruiah.”

23Then King Solomon made a promise in the name of the Lord. He said, “Adonijah will pay with his life because of what he has asked for. If he doesn’t, may God punish me greatly. 24The Lord has made my position as king secure. I’m sitting on the throne of my father David. The Lord has built a royal house for me, just as he promised. You can be sure that the Lord lives. And you can be just as sure that Adonijah will be put to death today.” 25So King Solomon gave the order to Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah struck down Adonijah, and he died.

26The king spoke to Abiathar the priest. He said, “Go back to your fields in Anathoth. You should really be put to death. But I won’t have it done now. That’s because you carried the ark of the Lord and King. You did it for my father David. You shared all of his hard times.” 27So Solomon wouldn’t let Abiathar serve as a priest of the Lord anymore. That’s how the message the Lord had spoken at Shiloh came true. He had spoken it about the family of Eli.

28News of what Solomon had done reached Joab. Joab had never made evil plans along with Absalom. But he had joined Adonijah. So he ran to the tent of the Lord. He grabbed the horns that stuck out from the upper corners of the altar for burnt offerings. 29King Solomon was told that Joab had run to the tent. He was also told that Joab was by the altar. Then Solomon gave the order to Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada. He told him, “Go! Strike him down!”

30So Benaiah entered the tent of the Lord. He said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come on out!’ ”

But Joab answered, “No. I’d rather die here.”

Benaiah told the king what Joab had said to him.

31Then the king commanded Benaiah, “Do what he says. Strike him down and bury him. Then I and my family line won’t be held accountable for the blood Joab spilled. He killed people who weren’t guilty of doing anything wrong. 32The Lord will pay him back for the blood he spilled. Joab attacked two men. He killed them with his sword. And my father David didn’t even know anything about it. Joab killed Abner, the son of Ner. Abner was the commander of Israel’s army. Joab also killed Amasa, the son of Jether. Amasa was the commander of Judah’s army. Abner and Amasa were better men than Joab is. They were more honest than he is. 33May Joab and his children after him be held forever accountable for spilling the blood of Abner and Amasa. But may David and his children after him enjoy the Lord’s peace and rest forever. May the Lord also give his peace to David’s royal house and kingdom forever.”

34So Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, went up to the Lord’s tent. There he struck down Joab. And he killed him. Joab was buried at his home out in the country. 35The king put Benaiah in charge of the army. Benaiah took Joab’s place. The king also put Zadok the priest in Abiathar’s place.

36Then the king sent for Shimei. He said to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem. Live there. Don’t go anywhere else. 37You must not leave the city and go across the Kidron Valley. If you do, you can be sure you will die. And it will be your own fault.”

38Shimei replied to the king, “You are my king and master. What you say is good. I’ll do it.” Shimei stayed in Jerusalem for a long time.

39Three years after Solomon had talked with Shimei, two of Shimei’s slaves ran off. They went to Achish, the king of Gath. He was the son of Maakah. Shimei was told, “Your slaves are in Gath.” 40When Shimei heard that, he put a saddle on his donkey. Then he went to Achish at Gath to look for his slaves. Shimei found them and brought them back from Gath.

41Solomon was told that Shimei had left Jerusalem. He was told he had gone to Gath and had returned. 42So the king sent for Shimei. He said to him, “Didn’t I force you to make a promise in the name of the Lord? Didn’t I warn you? I said, ‘You must not leave the city and go somewhere else. If you do, you can be sure you will die.’ At that time you said to me, ‘What you say is good. I’ll obey your command.’ 43So why didn’t you keep your promise to the Lord? Why didn’t you obey the command I gave you?”

44The king continued, “You know all the wrong things you did to my father David. In your heart you know them. Now the Lord will pay you back for what you did. 45But I will be blessed. The Lord will make David’s kingdom secure forever.”

46Then the king gave the order to Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah left the palace and struck down Shimei. And he died.

So the kingdom was now made secure in Solomon’s hands.

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

1 Wafalme 2:1-46

Maagizo Ya Daudi Kwa Solomoni

12:1 2Nya 36:20; Neh 7:6; 11:3; 2Fal 24:16; 25:12; Ezr 5:8; 6:2; Es 1:1; 8:9Siku zilipokaribia za Daudi kufa, akampa mwanawe Solomoni agizo.

22:2 1Nya 3:19; 6:14; Hag 2:4; Zek 3:1-10Akasema, “Mimi ninakaribia kwenda njia ya dunia yote. Hivyo uwe hodari, jionyeshe kuwa mwanaume, 32:3 Ezr 10:25; Neh 3:25shika lile Bwana Mungu wako analokuagiza: Enenda katika njia zake, ushike maagizo na amri zake, sheria zake na kanuni zake, kama ilivyoandikwa katika Sheria ya Mose, ili upate kustawi katika yote ufanyayo na popote uendako, 4ili kwamba Bwana aweze kunitimizia ahadi yake: ‘Kama wazao wako wakiangalia sana wanavyoishi, na kama wakienenda kwa uaminifu mbele zangu kwa mioyo yao yote na kwa roho zao zote, kamwe hutakosa kuwa na mtu kwenye kiti cha ufalme cha Israeli.’

52:5 Neh 6:18“Sasa wewe mwenyewe unafahamu lile Yoabu mwana wa Seruya alilonitendea, lile alilofanya kwa majemadari wawili wa majeshi ya Israeli, Abneri mwana wa Neri, na Amasa mwana wa Yetheri. Aliwaua, akimwaga damu yao wakati wa amani kama vile ni kwenye vita, tena akaipaka damu ile kwenye mkanda uliokuwa kiunoni mwake na viatu alivyovaa miguuni mwake. 6Shughulika naye kwa kadiri ya hekima yako, lakini usiache kichwa chake chenye mvi kishukie kaburi kwa amani.

7“Lakini uwaonyeshe wema wana wa Barzilai wa Gileadi na uwaruhusu wawe miongoni mwa wale walao mezani pako. Walisimama nami nilipomkimbia ndugu yako Absalomu.

8“Ukumbuke, unaye Shimei mwana wa Gera, Mbenyamini kutoka Bahurimu, ambaye alinilaani kwa laana kali siku niliyokwenda Mahanaimu. Aliposhuka kunilaki huko Yordani, nilimwapia kwa Bwana: ‘Sitakuua kwa upanga!’ 9Lakini sasa, usidhani kwamba hana hatia. Wewe ni mtu wa hekima, utajua la kumtendea. Zishushe mvi zake kaburini kwa damu.”

10Kisha Daudi akapumzika pamoja na baba zake naye akazikwa katika Mji wa Daudi. 11Daudi alikuwa ametawala juu ya Israeli miaka arobaini: huko Hebroni alitawala miaka saba, na katika Yerusalemu akatawala miaka thelathini na mitatu. 12Kwa hiyo Solomoni akaketi katika kiti cha ufalme cha baba yake Daudi, nao utawala wake ukaimarika sana.

Kiti Cha Ufalme Cha Solomoni Chaimarishwa

132:13 Ezr 8:13; 7:18Basi Adoniya, mwana wa Hagithi, akaenda kwa Bathsheba, mama yake Solomoni. Bathsheba akamuuliza, “Je, umekuja kwa amani?”

Akajibu, “Ndiyo, kwa amani.” 14Kisha akaongeza, “Ninalo jambo la kukuambia.”

Akajibu, “Waweza kulisema.”

15Akasema, “Kama unavyojua, ufalme ulikuwa wangu. Israeli wote waliniangalia mimi kama mfalme wao. Lakini mambo yalibadilika, ufalme umekwenda kwa ndugu yangu, kwa maana umemjia kutoka kwa Bwana. 16Sasa ninalo ombi moja ninalokuomba. Usinikatalie.”

Bathsheba akasema, “Waweza kuliomba.”

17Kwa hiyo akaendelea kusema, “Tafadhali mwombe Mfalme Solomoni, anipatie Abishagi, Mshunami, awe mke wangu; hatakukatalia wewe.”

18Bathsheba akamjibu, “Vema sana, nitazungumza na mfalme kwa ajili yako.”

19Bathsheba alipokwenda kwa Mfalme Solomoni kuzungumza naye kwa ajili ya Adoniya, mfalme alisimama kumlaki mama yake, akamwinamia na kuketi kwenye kiti chake cha ufalme. Akaamuru kiti cha ufalme kuletwa kwa ajili ya mama yake mfalme, naye akaketi mkono wake wa kuume.

202:20 Yos 9:17Bathsheba akamwambia mfalme, “Ninalo ombi moja dogo la kukuomba; usinikatalie.”

Mfalme akajibu, “Omba, mama yangu; sitakukatalia.”

212:21 Mik 5:2; 1Nya 2:51; Rut 1:19; Mt 2:6; 2Sam 21:2; Mwa 35:19Akasema, “Mruhusu Abishagi, Mshunami, aolewe na ndugu yako Adoniya.”

22Mfalme Solomoni akamjibu mama yake, “Kwa nini uombe Abishagi, Mshunami, kwa ajili ya Adoniya? Ungeweza pia kuomba ufalme kwa ajili yake, kwani yeye ni ndugu yangu mkubwa: naam, kwa ajili yake, na kwa kuhani Abiathari na Yoabu mwana wa Seruya!”

23Mfalme Solomoni akaapa kwa Bwana, akasema: “Mungu na aniulie mbali, tena bila huruma, ikiwa Adoniya hatalipa kwa uhai wake kwa ajili ya ombi hili! 24Basi sasa, hakika kama Bwana aishivyo, yeye ambaye ameniimarisha salama kwenye kiti cha ufalme cha Daudi baba yangu, naye amenipa ufalme wa kudumu kama alivyoahidi, Adoniya atauawa leo!” 25Hivyo Mfalme Solomoni akatoa amri kwa Benaya mwana wa Yehoyada, naye akampiga Adoniya akafa.

262:26 Yos 21:18; 1Sam 22:20; 2Sam 15:14Mfalme akamwambia kuhani Abiathari, “Nenda huko Anathothi katika mashamba yako. Wewe unastahili kufa, lakini sitakuua sasa, kwa sababu ulilichukua Sanduku la Bwana Mwenyezi mbele ya Daudi baba yangu na ulishiriki taabu zote za baba yangu.” 27Hivyo Solomoni akamwondoa Abiathari kwenye ukuhani wa Bwana, akilitimiza neno la Bwana alilokuwa amenena huko Shilo kuhusu nyumba ya Eli.

282:28 Mwa 12:8Habari zilipomfikia Yoabu, ambaye alikuwa amefanya shauri baya na Adoniya, lakini sio na Absalomu, alikimbilia kwenye hema la Bwana na kushika pembe za madhabahu. 29Mfalme Solomoni akaambiwa kuwa Yoabu amekimbilia kwenye hema la Bwana naye alikuwa kando ya madhabahu. Basi Solomoni akamwagiza Benaya mwana wa Yehoyada: “Nenda ukamuue!”

30Ndipo Benaya akaingia kwenye hema la Bwana na kumwambia Yoabu, “Mfalme anasema, ‘Toka nje!’ ”

Lakini akajibu, “La! Nitafia hapa hapa.”

Benaya akamwarifu mfalme, “Hivi ndivyo Yoabu alivyonijibu.”

312:31 Ezr 2:7Kisha mfalme akamwamuru Benaya, “Fanya kama asemavyo. Muue na kumzika, ili uniondolee mimi na nyumba ya baba yangu dhambi ya damu isiyokuwa na hatia ile Yoabu aliyoimwaga. 32Bwana atamlipiza kwa ajili ya damu aliyoimwaga, kwa sababu pasipo Daudi baba yangu kujua, aliwashambulia watu wawili na kuwaua kwa upanga. Wote wawili, Abneri mwana wa Neri, jemadari wa jeshi la Israeli, na Amasa mwana wa Yetheri, jemadari wa jeshi la Yuda, walikuwa watu wazuri na wanyofu kuliko yeye. 33Hatia ya damu yao na iwe juu ya kichwa cha Yoabu na wazao wake milele. Lakini kwa Daudi na uzao wake, nyumba yake na kiti chake cha ufalme, iwepo amani ya Bwana milele.”

342:34 Kum 34:3; 2Nya 28:15; 1Fal 16:34Basi Benaya mwana wa Yehoyada akakwea, akampiga na kumuua Yoabu, naye akazikwa katika nchi yake mwenyewe katika jangwa. 35Mfalme akamweka Benaya mwana wa Yehoyada juu ya jeshi kwenye nafasi ya Yoabu na kumweka kuhani Sadoki badala ya Abiathari.

362:36 1Nya 9:10; 24:7Kisha mfalme akatuma ujumbe kwa Shimei na kumwambia, “Ujijengee nyumba huko Yerusalemu uishi huko, lakini usiende mahali pengine popote. 372:37 1Nya 24:14; Ezr 10:20Siku utakayoondoka kuvuka Bonde la Kidroni, uwe na hakika utakufa; damu yako itakuwa juu ya kichwa chako mwenyewe.”

382:38 1Nya 9:12; Ezr 10:22Shimei akamjibu mfalme, “Ulilolisema ni jema. Mtumishi wako atatenda kama bwana wangu mfalme alivyosema.” Naye Shimei akakaa Yerusalemu kwa muda mrefu.

392:39 1Nya 24:8Lakini baada ya miaka mitatu, watumwa wawili wa Shimei wakatoroka kwenda kwa Akishi mwana wa Maaka, mfalme wa Gathi, naye Shimei akaambiwa, “Watumwa wako wako Gathi.” 402:40 Hes 3:9; Ezr 3:9Kwa ajili ya hili, Shimei akatandika punda wake, akaenda kwa Akishi huko Gathi kuwatafuta watumwa wake. Basi Shimei akaondoka na kuwarudisha watumwa wake kutoka Gathi.

412:41 1Nya 15:16Solomoni alipoambiwa kuwa Shimei ametoka Yerusalemu na kwenda Gathi na amekwisha kurudi, 422:42 1Sam 3:15; 1Nya 9:17mfalme akamwita Shimei na kumwambia, “Je, sikukuapiza kwa Bwana na kukuonya kuwa, ‘Siku utakayoondoka kwenda mahali pengine popote, uwe na hakika utakufa?’ Wakati ule uliniambia, ‘Ulilolisema ni jema. Nitatii!’ 432:43 1Nya 9:2Kwa nini basi hukutunza kiapo chako kwa Bwana na kutii amri niliyokupa?”

44Pia mfalme akamwambia Shimei, “Unajua katika moyo wako makosa uliyomtendea baba yangu Daudi. Sasa Bwana atakulipiza kwa ajili ya mabaya yako uliyotenda. 45Lakini Mfalme Solomoni atabarikiwa, na kiti cha ufalme cha Daudi kitakuwa imara mbele za Bwana milele.”

46Kisha mfalme akatoa amri kwa Benaya mwana wa Yehoyada, naye akatoka nje, akampiga Shimei na kumuua.

Sasa ufalme ukawa umeimarika kikamilifu mikononi mwa Solomoni.