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1 Kings 1:1-53

1Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.1.1 stricken…: Heb. entered into days 2Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.1.2 Let there…: Heb. Let them seek1.2 a young…: Heb. a damsel, a virgin1.2 cherish…: Heb. be a cherisher unto him 3So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

5¶ Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.1.5 be king: Heb. reign 6And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Absalom.1.6 at any…: Heb. from his days 7And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped him.1.7 he…: Heb. his words were with1.7 following…: Heb. helped after Adonijah 8But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which belonged to David, were not with Adonijah. 9And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En-rogel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah the king’s servants:1.9 En-rogel: or, the well Rogel 10But Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.

11¶ Wherefore Nathan spake unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not? 12Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon. 13Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign? 14Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.1.14 confirm: Heb. fill up

15¶ And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king. 16And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?1.16 What…: Heb. What to thee? 17And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the LORD thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. 18And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not: 19And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar the priest, and Joab the captain of the host: but Solomon thy servant hath he not called. 20And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.1.21 offenders: Heb. sinners

22¶ And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in. 23And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground. 24And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? 25For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah.1.25 God…: Heb. Let king Adonijah live 26But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. 27Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?

28¶ Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king.1.28 into…: Heb. before the king 29And the king sware, and said, As the LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, 30Even as I sware unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. 31Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king David live for ever.

32¶ And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. 33The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon:1.33 mine…: Heb. which belongeth to me 34And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there king over Israel: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. 35Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah. 36And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, and said, Amen: the LORD God of my lord the king say so too. 37As the LORD hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king David. 38So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride upon king David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. 39And Zadok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Solomon. 40And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.1.40 pipes: or, flutes

41¶ And Adonijah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar? 42And while he yet spake, behold, Jonathan the son of Abiathar the priest came: and Adonijah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings. 43And Jonathan answered and said to Adonijah, Verily our lord king David hath made Solomon king. 44And the king hath sent with him Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king’s mule: 45And Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king in Gihon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard. 46And also Solomon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom. 47And moreover the king’s servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed. 48And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it. 49And all the guests that were with Adonijah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.

50¶ And Adonijah feared because of Solomon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. 51And it was told Solomon, saying, Behold, Adonijah feareth king Solomon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Solomon swear unto me to day that he will not slay his servant with the sword. 52And Solomon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die. 53So king Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Solomon: and Solomon said unto him, Go to thine house.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Ahemfo 1:1-53

Dawid Nkwakoraabere

1Bere a Ɔhene Dawid bɔɔ akwakoraa posoposo no, sɛ wɔde ntama ahe kuru ne ho koraa a, entumi nka no hyew koraa. 2Enti nʼafotufo kae se, “Momma yɛmpɛ ɔbabun bi mma ɔhene na ɔtena ne ho nhwɛ no. Ɔbɛda ne kokom, na ama yɛn wura ɔhene ho ayɛ no hyew.”

3Enti wokyin ɔman no mu nyinaa, hwehwɛɛ ɔbea hoɔfɛfo bi. Wokonyaa Abisag a ofi Sunam, na wɔde no brɛɛ ɔhene no. 4Na ɔyɛ ɔbabea hoɔfɛfo, na ɔno na ɔbɛhwɛɛ ɔhene. Nanso ɔhene no amfa ne ho anka no.

Adoniya Si Ne Ho Hene

5Saa bere no mu Dawid babarima Adoniya1.5 Adoniya na na ɔyɛ Dawid babarima a ɔto so anan (2 Sam 3.4) a na wadi bɛyɛ mfe aduasa anum. Na Amnon, Absalom ne Kileab (a owui ne mmofraase no) nyinaa awuwu. a na wɔfrɛ ne na Hagit no yɛɛ ahomaso kaa se obesi ne ho hene, ahyɛ nʼagya a wabɔ akwakoraa no anan mu. Enti ɔyɛɛ nteaseɛnam, pɛɛ apɔnkɔ kaa ho. Ɔpɛɛ mmarima aduonum, twee nteaseɛnam no ne apɔnkɔ no dii nʼanim. 6Na nʼagya, ɔhene Dawid, nteɛɛ no da, mpo sɛ obebisa no se, “Dɛn na woreyɛ yi?” Na Adoniya yɛ ɔbarima hoɔfɛfo. Ɔno na na odi Absalom akyi wɔ awo mu.

7Adoniya gyee Seruia1.7 Na Seruia yɛ Dawid nuabea. babarima Yoab ne ɔsɔfo Abiatar1.7 Na Abiatar yɛ Ahimelek nenabarima. too mu, na wɔn nso penee sɛ wɔbɛboa no ama wadi ɔhene. 8Na wɔn a wɔtaa Dawid akyi, na wɔampɛ sɛ wɔboa Adoniya na odi hene no bi ne ɔsɔfo Sadok, Yehoiada babarima Benaia, odiyifo Natan, Simei, Rei ne Dawid ho bammɔfo.

9Adoniya kɔɔ Sohelet Bo a ɛbɛn En-Rogel asuti ho. Ɛhɔ na ɔde nguan, anantwi ne anantwi mma bɔɔ afɔre. Ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ ne nuabarimanom nyinaa, ɔhene Dawid mmabarima no, ne Yuda adehye mpanyimfo. 10Nanso wamfrɛ odiyifo Natan anaa Benaia anaa ɔhene ho bammɔfo anaa ne nuabarima Salomo.

11Na odiyifo Natan kɔɔ Batseba a ɔyɛ Salomo na no nkyɛn kobisaa no se, “Wunim sɛ Hagit babarima Adoniya asi ne ho hene a yɛn wura Dawid mpo nnim ho hwee? 12Sɛ wopɛ sɛ wunya wo ti didi mu, na wugye wo babarima Salomo nso nkwa a, tie mʼafotu yi. 13Kɔ ɔhene Dawid nkyɛn ntɛm so, na kobisa no se, ‘Me wura, ɛnyɛ wo na wohyɛɛ me bɔ sɛ, me babarima Salomo na da bi obedi wʼade sɛ ɔhene, na watena wʼahengua no so? Na adɛn nti na Adoniya ayɛ ɔhene?’ 14Na bere a wugu so ne no rekasa no, mɛba abesi asɛm biara a woaka no so dua.”

15Na Batseba kɔɔ ɔhene pia mu. Afei, na wabɔ akwakoraa posoposo a Abisag na na ɔhwɛ no. 16Batseba kotow no, na ɔhene no bisaa no se, “Dɛn na menyɛ mma wo?”

17Obuaa no se, “Me wura, wugyina Awurade, wo Nyankopɔn, anim hyɛɛ me bɔ sɛ, me babarima Salomo na obedi wʼade, na watena wʼahengua so. 18Nanso mprempren de, Adoniya na wabɛyɛ ɔhene foforo a mpo, wunnim ho hwee. 19Ɔde anantwi ne anantwi mma a wɔadodɔ srade ne nguan abɔ afɔre. Na ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ wo mmabarima nyinaa ne ɔsɔfo Abiatar ne Yoab a ɔyɛ asraafo no sahene no. Nanso wanto nsa amfrɛ wo somfo Salomo bi. 20Na me wura ɔhene, Israel nyinaa retwɛn nea wobɛkyerɛ sɛ onni wʼade sɛ ɔhene. 21Na sɛ woanyɛ biribi na sɛ wunya kɔ wo kra akyi pɛ a, wɔbɛyɛ me ne me ba Salomo sɛ amumɔyɛfo.”

22Ogu so ne no rekasa no ara pɛ na, odiyifo Natan beduu hɔ. 23Ɔhene afotufo no ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Odiyifo Natan aba ha, na ɔpɛ sɛ ohu wo.” Natan kɔɔ mu kɔkotow ɔhene no.

24Obisae se, “Me wura, woayɛ wʼadwene sɛ Adoniya na onni wʼade, na ɔntena wʼahengua so ana? 25Nnɛ, ɔde anantwi, anantwi mma a wɔadodɔ srade ne nguan abɔ afɔre, na ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ wo mmabarima nyinaa maa wɔbaa afahyɛ no ase. Ɔfrɛɛ Yoab a ɔyɛ asraafo so sahene no ne ɔsɔfo Abiatar nso. Merekasa yi, wɔne no redidi, nom, teɛteɛ mu se, ‘Ɔhene Adoniya nkwa so!’ 26Na me a meyɛ wo somfo no, wanto nsa amfrɛ me; saa ara nso na wamfrɛ ɔsɔfo Sadok, Yehoiada babarima Benaia ne Salomo nso. 27Ɛyɛ nokware sɛ me wura ayɛ saa a wamma nʼasomfo no mu biara ante onipa a obedi nʼade sɛ ɔhene no ho hwee?”

Dawid Si Salomo Ɔhene

28Dawid kae se, “Momfrɛ Batseba mma me.” Na ɔbaa ɔhene anim begyinaa hɔ.

29Na ɔhene hyɛɛ bɔ se, “Mmere dodow a Awurade a ogyee me fii ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ mu da so te ase yi, 30nnɛ, mehyɛ mmara sɛ, wo babarima Salomo na obedi ade sɛ ɔhene, na ɔbɛtena mʼahengua so, sɛnea mekaa ntam kyerɛɛ wo wɔ Awurade, Israel Nyankopɔn, anim no.” 31Na Batseba san kotow no bio, na ɔteɛɛ mu se, “Me wura, ɔhene Dawid, ntena ase afebɔɔ!”

32Na ɔhene Dawid hyɛɛ se, “Momfrɛ ɔsɔfo Sadok, odiyifo Natan ne Yehoiada babarima Benaia mma me.” Wɔbaa ɔhene anim no, 33ɔhene ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Momfa Salomo ne me mpanyimfo no nkɔ Gihon asuti no ho. Salomo ntena mʼafurumpɔnkɔ so. 34Ɛhɔ na ɔsɔfo Sadok ne odiyifo Natan bɛsra no ngo sɛ Israelhene. Monhyɛn torobɛnto, na monteɛteɛ mu se, ‘Ɔhene Salomo nkwa so!’ 35Na sɛ mosan de no ba ha a, ɔbɛtena mʼahengua so. Obedi mʼade sɛ ɔhene, efisɛ mayi no sɛ ɔnyɛ ɔhene wɔ Israel ne Yuda so.”

36Yehoiada babarima Benaia gyee so se, “Amen! Awurade a ɔyɛ me wura, ɔhene Nyankopɔn no mmara no mmra mu saa. 37Na Awurade nka Salomo ho sɛnea ɔkaa wo ho no, na Salomo ahenni nyɛ yiye nkyɛn wo de no mpo.”

38Enti ɔsɔfo Sadok, odiyifo Natan ne Yehoiada babarima Benaia ne ɔhene ho bammɔfo faa Salomo de no kɔɔ Gihon asuti no ho a, na Salomo te ɔhene Dawid afurumpɔnkɔ so. 39Ɛhɔ na ɔsɔfo Sadok faa ngotoa1.39 Ngo a wɔbɔ din wɔ ha yi yɛ ngo a wɔbɔɔ din wɔ Ɛksodɔs mu (2 Mose 30.22-33) no. fii ntamadan1.39 Ntamadan no yɛ ntamadan a Dawid yɛ maa Apam Adaka no. Nhyiamu Ntamadan a wosii no nweatam so no da so wɔ Gibeon (3.4; 2 Sam 6.17). kronkron mu hɔ behwie guu Salomo tirim. Afei, wɔhyɛn torobɛnto maa nnipa no nyinaa teɛteɛɛ mu se, “Ɔhene Salomo nkwa so!” 40Na nnipa no nyinaa san ne Salomo kɔɔ Yerusalem a wɔrebɔ mmɛn, di ahurusi. Na anigye ne ahosɛpɛw ne nteɛteɛmu no ano yɛɛ den ara kosii sɛ, wɔn nne no wosow asase.

41Adoniya ne nʼahɔho tee osebɔ ne nteɛteɛmu bere a wɔreyɛ awie wɔn aponto no. Yoab tee torobɛnto nne no, obisae se, “Na asɛm bɛn na asi? Na adɛn nso na kurow no mu ayɛ gyegyeegye yi?”

42Bere a ogu so rekasa no, Yonatan a ɔyɛ ɔsɔfo Abiatar babarima no kɔɔ hɔ. Adoniya ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Bra mu, efisɛ woyɛ onipa papa. Minim sɛ asɛm pa wɔ wʼano.”

43Yonatan buae se, “Dabi da! Mprempren ara, yɛn wura ɔhene Dawid, asi Salomo ɔhene. 44Ɔhene no maa ɔne ɔsɔfo Sadok, odiyifo Natan, Yehoiada babarima Benaia a ɔhene ho bammɔfo rebɔ wɔn ho ban, kɔɔ Gihon asuti ho. Wɔmaa no tenaa ɔhene afurumpɔnkɔ so, 45na Sadok ne Natan sraa no ngo sɛ ɔhene foforo. Wɔreba ara ni, na kurow mu no nyinaa agye bum ahokeka so. Gyegyeegye no nkyerɛase ara ne no. 46Afei, mprempren, Salomo te ahengua so sɛ ɔhene. 47Adehye mpanyimfo nyinaa kɔɔ ɔhene Dawid nkyɛn, kɔmaa no mo, kae se, ‘Onyankopɔn mma Salomo ahenni nhyeta nkyɛn wo de no, na Salomo ahemman nso nyɛ kɛse nsen wo de no!’ Na ɔhene sii ne ti ase yii Awurade ayɛ, bere a na ɔda ne mpa mu, 48na ɔkaa saa nsɛm yi, ‘Nhyira nka Awurade, Israel Nyankopɔn, a nnɛ da yi wayi obi sɛ ɔntena mʼahengua so wɔ bere a mete ase, na mihu nea ɛrekɔ so nyinaa.’ ”

49Ɛhɔ ara, Adoniya ahɔho no nyinaa de hu gyee bum, fii aponto no ase, na ntɛm so, obiara kɔɔ ne kwan. 50Na Adoniya no ankasa suro Salomo, enti oguan kɔɔ ntamadan kronkron no mu kosusoo mmɛn a esisi afɔremuka no so no mu. 51Ankyɛ na Salomo tee sɛ Adoniya akosuso mmɛn a esisi afɔremuka no so, na ɔresrɛ se, “Momma Salomo nsua nkyerɛ nnɛ yi ara, na wankum me!”

52Salomo buae se, “Sɛ obedi me nokware de a, wɔrenhaw no. Na sɛ wanyɛ saa de a, wobekum no.” 53Enti ɔhene Salomo frɛɛ Adoniya, na wɔde no fi afɔremuka no so kɔe. Ɔkotow ɔhene no, na Salomo ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Kɔ fie.”