The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS

THE LAST DAYS OF DAVID,
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NOW King David was getting1 old and well advanced in years, and although they wrapped him in garments he could not keep warm. Therefore his2 servants said to him,

"Let them seek for my lord the king a young maiden and let her attend the king and act as his nurse; and let her lie in your bosom, that my lord the king may be warm."

So they sought for a beautiful maid-3 en throughout all the territory of Israel, and they found Abishag the Shunammite and they brought her to the king. The maiden was exquisitely4 beautiful; and she became the king's nurse, and ministered to him; but the king had no intercourse with her.

Then Adonijah, the son of Haggith,5 began making his boast, saying,

"I will be king."

Therefore he provided for himself a chariot and horsemen and fifty men as runners to go before him. Now his fa-6 ther had never in his life restrained him by saying,

"Why do you do thus and so?"

He was besides a very handsome man, and he was born next after Ab salom. Accordingly he negotiated with7 Joab, the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest, so that they became Adonijah's helpers. But Zadok the8 priest and Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet and Shimei and Rei and David's trained war riors were not with Adonijah. Now9 Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the Serpent's Stone, which is beside En-rogel, and he invited all his brothers, the king's sons, together with all the royal officials of Judah; but he10 did not invite Nathan the prophet, nor Benaiah, nor the trained warriors, nor Solomon his brother.

Then Nathan said to Bathsheba, the11 mother of Solomon,

"Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has been made king and our lord David does not know it? Now therefore let me, I pray you, ad- 12 vise you, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. Go in to King David and say to him, 13 'Have you not, my lord, O king, sworn to your maidservant, saying, "Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne?" Why then has Adonijah been made king?' Now while 14 you are still speaking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words."

So Bathsheba went in to the king to is15 his chamber; (now the king was exceedingly old and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king). Bathsheba then bowed and did obei- 16 sance to the king; and the king said,

"What do you want?"

"My lord," she said to him, "you 17 yourself swore to your maidservant by the LORD your God, ' Solomon your son shall be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.' Now, behold, Adoni--18 jah is king and you, my lord, O king, do not know it. He has sacrificed oxen and 19 fat cattle 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. Now, my 20 lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon you, that you should tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. As it stands, the re- 21 sult will be that when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, I and my son Solomon will be regarded as rebels."

But while she was still speaking with 22 the king, Nathan the prophet entered; and they told the king, 23

"Nathan the prophet is here."

So he came before the king and did obeisance to the king with his face to the earth; and Nathan said, 24

"My lord, O king, have you said, ' Adonijah shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne?' For he has gone 25

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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