1 KingI DavidII was oldIII and advancedIV in years,V
and although they coveredVI him with clothes,VII he could not get warm.VIII
2 So his servantsIX said to him, “Let a youngX virginXI be soughtXII for my lordXIII the king,
and let her waitXIV onXV the king and beXVI his attendant;XVII let her lieXVIII in your bosom,XIX so that my lord the king may be warm.”XX
3 So they searchedXXI for a beautifulXXII young womanXXIII throughout allXXIV the territoryXXV
of IsraelXXVI and foundXXVII AbishagXXVIII the ShunammiteXXIX and broughtXXX her to the king.
4 The young woman was veryXXXI beautiful. She becameXXXII the king’s attendant and servedXXXIII him, but the king did not know her sexually.XXXIV
5 Now AdonijahXXXV sonXXXVI of HaggithXXXVII exaltedXXXVIII himself,
saying, “I will be king.”XXXIX He preparedXL for himself chariotsXLI and horsemen,XLII
and fiftyXLIII menXLIV to runXLV beforeXLVI him
11 Then NathanXLVII said to Bathsheba,XLVIII Solomon’sXLIX mother,L “Have you not heardLI that Adonijah son of Haggith has become king and our lord David does not knowLII it?
12 Now therefore come,LIII let me giveLIV, LV you advice,LVI so that you may saveLVII your own lifeLVIII and the life of your son Solomon.
13 GoLIX in at onceLX to King David and say to him, ‘Did you not, my lord the king, swearLXI to your servant,LXII
saying, “Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king,LXIII and he shall sitLXIV on my throne?LXV WhyLXVI then is Adonijah king?”’
14 ThenLXVII while you are still there speakingLXVIII with the king, I will come inLXIX afterLXX you and confirmLXXI your words.”LXXII
15 So Bathsheba wentLXXIII to the king in his room.LXXIV The king was very old; Abishag the Shunammite was attendingLXXV the king. 16 Bathsheba bowedLXXVI and did obeisanceLXXVII to the king, and the king said, “What do you wish?”
17 She said to him, “My lord, you swore to your servantLXXVIII by the LordLXXIX your God,LXXX saying, ‘Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne.’ 18 But now suddenlyLXXXI Adonijah has become king, though you, my lordLXXXII the king, do not know it.
29 The king swore, saying, “As the LordLXXXIII lives,LXXXIV who has savedLXXXV my life from everyLXXXVI adversity,LXXXVII
30 as I swore to you by the Lord,LXXXVIII the God of Israel, ‘Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’LXXXIX soXC will I doXCI this day.”XCII
31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her faceXCIII to the groundXCIV and did obeisance to the king and said, “May my lordXCV King David liveXCVI forever!”XCVII
Image credit: “Thou Shalt not Fornicate with Bathsheba” by Henry de Triqueti at the Church of the Madeleine Porte. Photo by Vassil, 2018.