New International Version

1 Kings 1:1-53

Adonijah Sets Himself Up as King

1When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. 2So his attendants said to him, “Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm.”

3Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4The woman was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no sexual relations with her.

5Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” So he got chariots and horses1:5 Or charioteers ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him. 6(His father had never rebuked him by asking, “Why do you behave as you do?” He was also very handsome and was born next after Absalom.)

7Adonijah conferred with Joab son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they gave him their support. 8But Zadok the priest, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei and Rei and David’s special guard did not join Adonijah.

9Adonijah then sacrificed sheep, cattle and fattened calves at the Stone of Zoheleth near En Rogel. He invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the royal officials of Judah, 10but he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the special guard or his brother Solomon.

11Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon’s mother, “Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king, and our lord David knows nothing about it? 12Now then, let me advise you how you can save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. 13Go in to King David and say to him, ‘My lord the king, did you not swear to me your servant: “Surely Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne”? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ 14While you are still there talking to the king, I will come in and add my word to what you have said.”

15So Bathsheba went to see the aged king in his room, where Abishag the Shunammite was attending him. 16Bathsheba bowed down, prostrating herself before the king.

“What is it you want?” the king asked.

17She said to him, “My lord, you yourself swore to me your servant by the Lord your God: ‘Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne.’ 18But now Adonijah has become king, and you, my lord the king, do not know about it. 19He has sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep, and has invited all the king’s sons, Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant. 20My lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to learn from you who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21Otherwise, as soon as my lord the king is laid to rest with his ancestors, I and my son Solomon will be treated as criminals.”

22While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived. 23And the king was told, “Nathan the prophet is here.” So he went before the king and bowed with his face to the ground.

24Nathan said, “Have you, my lord the king, declared that Adonijah shall be king after you, and that he will sit on your throne? 25Today he has gone down and sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep. He has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. Right now they are eating and drinking with him and saying, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ 26But me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite. 27Is this something my lord the king has done without letting his servants know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”

David Makes Solomon King

28Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before him.

29The king then took an oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 30I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”

31Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground, prostrating herself before the king, and said, “May my lord King David live forever!”

32King David said, “Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king, 33he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon. 34There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah.”

36Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. 37As the Lord was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David!”

38So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon mount King David’s mule, and they escorted him to Gihon. 39Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” 40And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.

41Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, “What’s the meaning of all the noise in the city?”

42Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, “Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news.”

43“Not at all!” Jonathan answered. “Our lord King David has made Solomon king. 44The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king’s mule, 45and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds with it. That’s the noise you hear. 46Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne. 47Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!’ And the king bowed in worship on his bed 48and said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.’ ”

49At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed. 50But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. 51Then Solomon was told, “Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’ ”

52Solomon replied, “If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.” 53Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.”

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

1 Athamaki 1:1-53

Adonija Gwĩtua Mũthamaki

1Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Mũthamaki Daudi aakũrire na agatindĩka mĩaka-rĩ, ndaiguaga ũrugarĩ o na mamũhumbĩra na nguo. 2Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndungata ciake ikĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Reke tũcarie mũirĩtu mwĩthĩ gathirange, atungatagĩre mũthamaki na ũndũ wa kũmũmenyerera, na akomage hamwe nake nĩguo mũthamaki, mwathi witũ, aiguage ũrugarĩ.”

31:3 2Sam 3:7; Josh 19:18Magĩetha mũirĩtu mũthaka Isiraeli guothe, makĩona Abishagi ũrĩa Mũshunami, na makĩmũrehe kũrĩ mũthamaki. 4Mũirĩtu ũcio aarĩ mũthaka mũno; nake akĩmenyerera mũthamaki na akĩmũtungatĩra, no mũthamaki ndaigana gũkoma nake.

51:5 2Sam 3:4; 1Sam 8:11Na rĩrĩ, Adonija, ũrĩa nyina aarĩ Hagithu,1:5 Adonija aarĩ mwana wa kana wa Daudi (2Sam 3:4). akĩĩyumĩria, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩ niĩ ngũtuĩka mũthamaki.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio agĩthagathaga ngaari cia ita na mbarathi, na andũ mĩrongo ĩtano mathiiage matengʼerete marĩ mbere yake. 61:6 1Sam 3:13(Ithe ndaamũkaanĩtie ũndũ, kana akamũũria atĩrĩ, “Wĩkĩte ũna na ũna nĩkĩ?” Ningĩ aarĩ mũndũ mũthaka mũno, na nĩwe waciarĩtwo thuutha wa Abisalomu.)

71:7 2Sam 2:13; 1Sam 22:20Nake Adonija akĩrĩkanĩra na Joabu mũrũ wa Zeruia, na Abiatharu mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, nao magĩtĩkĩra kũmũteithĩrĩria. 81:8 2Sam 23:8; 1Ath 4:18No Zadoku mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Benaia mũrũ wa Jehoiada, na Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii, na Shimei, na Rei, na arangĩri arĩa a mwanya a Daudi matianyiitanĩire na Adonija.

91:9 2Sam 17:17; 1Maũ 29:24Nake Adonija akĩruta igongona rĩa ngʼondu, na ngʼombe, na njaũ iria noru Ihiga-inĩ rĩa Zohelethu, hakuhĩ na Eni-Rogeli. Nake agĩĩta ariũ a ithe othe, na nĩo ariũ a mũthamaki, na andũ othe a Juda arĩa maarĩ anene a nyũmba ya ũthamaki, 10no ndaigana gwĩta Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii, kana Benaia, kana arangĩri arĩa a mwanya, o na kana mũrũ wa ithe Solomoni.

111:11 2Sam 3:4Nake Nathani akĩũria Bathisheba, nyina wa Solomoni atĩrĩ, “Nĩũiguĩte atĩ Adonija mũrũ wa Hagithu nĩatuĩkĩte mũthamaki, Daudi mwathi witũ atekũmenya? 121:12 Thim 15:22Na rĩrĩ, reke ngũtaare ũrĩa ũngĩhota kũhonokia muoyo waku na muoyo wa mũrũguo Solomoni. 13Ũkĩra ũthiĩ kũrĩ Mũthamaki Daudi ũmwĩre atĩrĩ, ‘Mũthamaki mwathi wakwa, githĩ ndwehĩtire kũrĩ niĩ, ndungata yaku ũkĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ: “Ti-itherũ Solomoni mũrũguo nĩwe ũgaatuĩka mũthamaki thuutha wakwa, na nĩwe ũgaikarĩra gĩtĩ gĩakwa gĩa ũthamaki”? Rĩu-rĩ, nĩ kĩĩ gĩtũmĩte Adonija atuĩke mũthamaki?’ 14Ũrĩ o kũu ũkĩaria na mũthamaki, na niĩ njũke ndoonye kuo nĩguo njĩkĩre hinya ũguo ũkũmwĩra.”

15Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Bathisheba agĩthiĩ kuona mũthamaki ũcio mũkũrũ kanyũmba gake ga thĩinĩ, kũrĩa aatungatagĩrwo nĩ Abishagi ũrĩa Mũshunami. 16Bathisheba akĩinamĩrĩra, agĩturia ndu mbere ya mũthamaki.

Nake mũthamaki akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Ũkwenda atĩa?”

17Akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Mwathi wakwa, wee mwene nĩwehĩtire harĩ niĩ ndungata yaku na rĩĩtwa rĩa Jehova Ngai waku, ũkiuga atĩrĩ: ‘Solomoni mũrũguo nĩwe ũgaatuĩka mũthamaki thuutha wakwa, na nĩwe ũgaikarĩra gĩtĩ gĩakwa kĩa ũnene.’ 18No rĩrĩ, Adonija nĩatuĩkĩte mũthamaki, na wee mũthamaki mwathi wakwa ndũmenyete ũhoro ũcio. 191:19 1Ath 1:9Nĩarutĩte igongona inene rĩa ngʼombe nyingĩ, na njaũ noru, na ngʼondu, na ageeta ariũ a mũthamaki othe, na Abiatharu ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Joabu ũrĩa mũnene wa mbũtũ cia ita, no ndetĩte Solomoni ndungata yaku. 20Mũthamaki mwathi wakwa, andũ a Isiraeli othe nĩwe macũthĩrĩirie, nĩguo ũmamenyithie nũũ ũgaikarĩra gĩtĩ kĩa ũnene thuutha waku wee mũthamaki, mwathi wakwa. 211:21 Kĩam 15:15; 1Ath 2:10Kwaga ũguo-rĩ, rĩrĩa mũthamaki mwathi wakwa agaakoma ahurũke hamwe na maithe make, niĩ na mũrũ wakwa Solomoni tũgaatuuo ta andũ ageri ngero.”

22Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa aaragia na mũthamaki, Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii agĩkinya. 23Nao makĩĩra mũthamaki atĩrĩ, “Mũnabii Nathani arĩ haha.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Nathani agĩthiĩ mbere ya mũthamaki, akĩinamĩrĩra, agĩturumithia ũthiũ thĩ.

24Nathani akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Wee mũthamaki mwathi wakwa-rĩ, nĩũtuĩte atĩ Adonija nĩwe ũgaatuĩka mũthamaki thuutha waku, na atĩ nĩwe ũgaikarĩra gĩtĩ gĩaku kĩa ũnene? 25Ũmũthĩ nĩaikũrũkĩte na akaruta igongona inene rĩa ngʼombe nyingĩ, na njaũ noru, na ngʼondu. Na ageeta ariũ a mũthamaki othe, na anene a thigari othe, na Abiatharu ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai. Rĩu nĩ kũrĩa maraarĩa na makanyua marĩ hamwe nake, makiugaga atĩrĩ, ‘Mũthamaki Adonija arotũũra nginya tene!’ 26No rĩrĩ, niĩ ndungata yaku, na Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Benaia mũrũ wa Jehoiada, na ndungata yaku Solomoni ndanatwĩta. 27Ũndũ ũyũ-rĩ, nĩ mũthamaki mwathi wakwa wĩkĩte atamenyithĩtie ndungata ciake nũũ ũgũikarĩra gĩtĩ kĩa ũnene kĩa mũthamaki mwathi wakwa thuutha wake?”

Daudi Gũtua Solomoni Mũthamaki

28Hĩndĩ ĩyo Mũthamaki Daudi akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ĩtai Bathisheba oke.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Bathisheba agĩũka harĩ mũthamaki, akĩrũgama mbere yake.

291:29 2Sam 4:9Nake mũthamaki akĩĩhĩta, akiuga atĩrĩ: “O ta ũrĩa Jehova atũũraga muoyo, ũrĩa wanaahonokia kuuma mathĩĩna-inĩ mothe, 30ti-itherũ ũmũthĩ nĩguo ngũhingia ũrĩa ndehĩtire kũrĩ we na rĩĩtwa rĩa Jehova Ngai wa Isiraeli, ngĩkwĩra atĩrĩ: Solomoni mũrũguo nĩwe ũgaatuĩka mũthamaki thuutha wakwa, na nĩwe ũgaikarĩra gĩtĩ gĩakwa kĩa ũnene handũ hakwa.”

31Nake Bathisheba akĩinamĩrĩra, agĩturumithia ũthiũ thĩ, na agĩturia ndu mbere ya mũthamaki, akiuga atĩrĩ, “Mũthamaki mwathi wakwa Daudi arotũũra nginya tene!”

321:32 1Sam 2:35Mũthamaki Daudi akiuga atĩrĩ, “Ĩtai Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii, na Benaia mũrũ wa Jehoiada moke.” Rĩrĩa mookire mbere ya mũthamaki, 331:33 Atiir 10:4; 2Maũ 32:30akĩmeera atĩrĩ, “Thiĩi na ndungata cia mwathi wanyu na mũhaicie Solomoni mũrũ wakwa igũrũ rĩa nyũmbũ yakwa, mũmũikũrũkie nginya Gihoni. 341:34 1Sam 10:1; 2Sam 15:10Mũrĩ kũu, mũreke Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai na Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii mamũitĩrĩrie maguta atuĩke mũthamaki wa Isiraeli. Ningĩ mũhuhe karumbeta, na mwanĩrĩre atĩrĩ, ‘Mũthamaki Solomoni arotũũra nginya tene!’ 35Ningĩ mũcooke mwambate nake, oke aikarĩre gĩtĩ gĩakwa kĩa ũnene, na athamake handũ hakwa. Nĩndĩmũthuurĩte aathanage Isiraeli na Juda.”

36Benaia mũrũ wa Jehoiada agĩcookeria mũthamaki atĩrĩ, “Ameni! Jehova, Ngai wa mũthamaki mwathi wakwa arotũma gũtuĩke guo. 371:37 Josh 1:5, 17O ta ũrĩa Jehova akoretwo arĩ hamwe na mũthamaki mwathi wakwa, aroikara hamwe na Solomoni na atũme wathani wake ũnenehe gũkĩra wathani wa mũthamaki mwathi wakwa Daudi!”

381:38 1Sam 30:14; 2Sam 15:18Tondũ ũcio Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii, na Benaia mũrũ wa Jehoiada, hamwe na Akerethi na Apelethi,1:38 Akerethi na Apelethi maarĩ thigari iria ciarũgamagĩrĩra Daudi. magĩikũrũka, makĩhaicia Solomoni nyũmbũ ya Mũthamaki Daudi, makĩmumagaria nginya Gihoni. 391:39 Thab 89:20; Thaam 26:1; Thab 47:5Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai akĩruta rũhĩa rwa maguta kuuma hema-inĩ ĩrĩa nyamũre1:39 Ĩno nĩ hema ĩrĩa Daudi aakire ya kũiga ithandũkũ rĩa Maathani, no ti Hema-ya-Gũtũnganwo ĩrĩa yarĩ Gibeoni (3:4; 2Sam 6:17). na agĩitĩrĩria Solomoni. Ningĩ makĩhuha karumbeta, nao andũ othe makĩanĩrĩra, makiuga atĩrĩ, “Mũthamaki Solomoni arotũũra nginya tene!” 401:40 1Sam 10:5Andũ othe makĩambata mamũrũmĩrĩire, makĩhuhaga mĩtũrirũ me na gĩkeno kĩnene, nginya thĩ ĩgĩthingitha nĩ mũrurumo.

411:41 1Maũ 23:12-13Adonija na ageni othe arĩa maarĩ hamwe nake makĩigua mũrurumo ũcio rĩrĩa maarĩ hakuhĩ kũrĩĩkia iruga rĩao. Rĩrĩa maiguire mũgambo wa karumbeta, Joabu akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Inegene rĩu rĩothe rĩrĩ itũũra-inĩ nĩ rĩa kĩĩ?”

421:42 2Sam 18:26O akĩaragia-rĩ, Jonathani mũrũ wa Abiatharu ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai agĩkinya. Adonija akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Toonya thĩinĩ. Mũndũ wa bata tawe no nginya akorwo nĩ ũhoro mwega aatũrehere.”

43Jonathani agĩcookia atĩrĩ; “Aca ti ũguo! Mũthamaki Daudi mwathi witũ nĩatuĩte Solomoni mũthamaki. 44Mũthamaki nĩoimagarĩtie Solomoni hamwe na Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii, na Benaia mũrũ wa Jehoiada, na Akerethi na Apelethi, na nĩmahaicĩtie Solomoni nyũmbũ ya mũthamaki, 45na rĩrĩ, Zadoku ũrĩa mũthĩnjĩri-Ngai, na Nathani ũrĩa mũnabii nĩmamũitĩrĩirie maguta kũu Gihoni atuĩke mũthamaki. Kuuma hau nĩmambatĩte makiugagĩrĩria, narĩo itũũra rĩothe rĩkamaamũkĩria. Rĩu nĩrĩo inegene rĩrĩa mũraigua. 461:46 Gũcook 17:18O na ningĩ, Solomoni nĩaikarĩire gĩtĩ gĩake kĩa ũnene gĩa ũthamaki. 471:47 1Ath 1:37Ningĩ atongoria a ũthamaki nĩmokĩte gũcookeria Mũthamaki Daudi, mwathi witũ, ngaatho, makoiga atĩrĩ: ‘Ngai waku arotũma rĩĩtwa rĩa Solomoni rĩgĩe na ngumo gũkĩra rĩaku, naguo ũthamaki wake ũroneneha gũkĩra waku!’ Nake mũthamaki nĩainamĩrĩra na aakĩgooca arĩ o gĩtanda-inĩ, 481:48 1Ath 3:6oiga atĩrĩ, ‘Jehova Ngai wa Isiraeli arogoocwo, ũrĩa wĩtĩkĩrĩtie maitho makwa meyonere mwana ũmwe wakwa agĩikarĩra gĩtĩ gĩakwa kĩa ũnene ũmũthĩ.’ ”

49Hĩndĩ ĩyo ageni othe a Adonija makĩmaka, magĩũkĩra, magĩĩthiĩra, o mũndũ na njĩra yake. 501:50 Thaam 27:2No rĩrĩ, Adonija, nĩ ũndũ wa gwĩtigĩra Solomoni, agĩthiĩ akĩĩnyiitĩrĩra hĩa cia kĩgongona. 51Hĩndĩ ĩyo Solomoni akĩmenyithio atĩrĩ, “Adonija nĩaretigĩra Mũthamaki Solomoni, na nĩenyiitĩrĩire hĩa cia kĩgongona. Aroiga atĩrĩ, ‘Mũthamaki Solomoni nĩehĩte harĩ niĩ ũmũthĩ anjĩĩre atĩ ndekũũraga ndungata yake na rũhiũ rwa njora.’ ”

521:52 1Sam 14:45Solomoni agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Angĩona atĩ nĩ mũndũ wagĩrĩire, gũtirĩ rũcuĩrĩ rwake rwa mũtwe rũkaagũa thĩ; no angĩoneka na ũũru no agaakua.” 53Ningĩ Mũthamaki Solomoni agĩtũma andũ, nao makĩmũikũrũkia kuuma kĩgongona-inĩ. Adonija akĩinamĩrĩra harĩ Mũthamaki Solomoni, nake Solomoni akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Inũka gwaku mũciĩ.”