1[1-4] Now Ruler David was old and weakened in years; and they covered him with blankets, but he couldn’t get warm.So his workers said to him, ““Let us search for the Ruler a young woman whose never had sex; and let her face the Ruler, and love you; and let her sleep with you, that the Ruler may keep warm.” So they searched for a beautiful young woman throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag, the Shunammite, and brought her to the Ruler.The young woman was very beautiful; and she loveed the Ruler, and took care of him; but the Ruler didn’t have sex with her.
[5-10] Then Adonijah, son of Haggith uplifted himself, saying, I’ll be Ruler; and he prepared him war vehicles and riders, and 50 soldiers to run before him. His father hadn’t ever disciplined him at any time and said, “Why have you done this?” He was also very good looking and was born after Absalom.He talked with Joab, of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar, the preacher; and they following Adonijah, helped him.But Zadok, the preacher, and Benaiah, of Jehoiada, and Nathan, the preacher, and Shimei, and Rei, and the soldiers who belonged to David didn’t agree with Adonijah. Adonijah killed sheep and cows and young fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En Rogel; and he called all his family, the Ruler’s sons, and all the people of Judah, the Ruler’s soldiers; but he didn’t call Nathan, the preacher, Benaiah, the soldiers, and Solomon his brother.
[11-14] Then Nathan said to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, saying, “Haven’t you heard that Adonijah, son of Haggith rules, and David, our Ruler doesn’t know it?So come now, please let me give you counsel, that you may save your own life, and the life of your son, Solomon.Go and see the Ruler David, and tell him, “Didn’t you, Ruler, promise to your servant, saying, ‘Certainly Solomon, your son, will rule after me, and he’ll sit on my throne?’ So why does Adonijah rule?’ While you are there talking with the Ruler, I also will come in after you, and confirm your words.
[15-21] Bathsheba went to see the Ruler in his room; and the Ruler was very old; and Abishag, the Shunammite, was taking care of him.Bathsheba bowed, and paid respect to the Ruler. The Ruler said, “What do you want?” She said to him, ““Sir, you promised by Yahweh, your God, to your wife, saying, “Certainly, Solomon, your son, will rule after me, and he’ll sit on my throne. Now, see, Adonijah rules; and you, the Ruler, don’t know it; and he has killed many cows, fatlings, and sheep, and has called all the descendants of the Ruler, and Abiathar, the preacher, and Joab, the captain of the troops; but he hasn’t called Solomon, Your follower. All Israel watches you, the Ruler, to tell them who will sit on your throne after you. Otherwise when you die, I and my son, Solomon, will be counted as enemies.”
[22-27] While she was talking with the Ruler, Nathan, the preacher came in. They told the Ruler, “Nathan, the preacher, is here to see you.” When he had come in before the Ruler, he bowed to the Ruler with his face down. Nathan said, Ruler, have you said, “Adonijah will rule after me, and he’ll sit on my throne?” For he has gone down today, and has killed cows, fatlings, and sheep in wealth, and has called all the Ruler’s sons, and the troop leaderss, and Abiathar, the preacher; and see, they’re eating and drinking before him, and say, ‘Long live Ruler, Adonijah.’But he hasn’t called me, Your follower, Zadok, the preacher, Benaiah, of Jehoiada, or Your follower, Solomon. Have you done this, and not told your followers who should sit on your throne after the Ruler?”
[28-31] Then Ruler David answered, “Call to me Bathsheba.” She came into the Ruler’s presence, and stood before the Ruler. The Ruler promised, saying, “As Yahweh lives, who has saved myself out of all difficulty, most certainly, as I promised to you, by Yahweh, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Certainly, Solomon, your son, will rule after me, and will sit on my throne in my place; most certainly, I’ll do so today.’ Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid respect to the Ruler, saying, “Let Ruler David live forever.”
[32-37] Ruler David said, “Call Zadok and Nathan, the preachers, and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada.” They came before the Ruler.The Ruler said to them, “Take with you the soldiers of your Ruler, and let Solomon, my son, ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon; and let Zadok and Nathan, the preachers, anoint him there Ruler over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, “Long live Ruler Solomon. Then you’ll come up after him, and he’ll come and sit on my throne and he’ll be Ruler in my place; I’ve made him Ruler over Israel and Judah.” Benaiah answered the Ruler, saying, “So be it; Yahweh, the God of the Ruler, say so too.” As Yahweh has been with the Ruler, even so God will be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of Ruler David.”
[38-40] So Zadok and Nathan, the preachers, and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and Pelethites went down, and let Solomon ride on Ruler David’s mule, and brought him to Gihon. Zadok, the preacher, took the horn of oil out of the Place of Worship, and anointed Solomon. They blew the horn; and all the people said, “Long live Ruler Solomon. All the people followed him, and the musicians with pipes, and celebrated with great happiness, so that the earth shook with noise.
[41-48] Adonijah and all the guests, who were with him, heard it as they had finished eating. When Joab, heard the sound of the horn, he said, “Why does it sound like the city is in an uproar?” While he was still talking, Jonathan, of Abiathar, the preacher, came; and Adonijah said, “Come in, you’re a worthy man, and bring good news.” Jonathan told Adonijah, “Most certainly, Ruler David has made Solomon Ruler; and the Ruler has sent with him Zadok and Nathan, the preachers, and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and Pelethites; and they’ve let him ride on the Ruler’s own mule; and Zadok and Nathan, the preachers, have anointed him Ruler in Gihon; and they have come up from there rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that you’ve heard. Solomon sits on the throne of the nation. Besides this, the Ruler’s soldiers came to bless our leader, Ruler David, saying, ‘Your God make the name of Solomon better than Your Name, and make his throne greater than your throne;’ and the Ruler bowed himself on the bed. The Ruler said also, “Happy is Yahweh, the God of Israel, who has given us someone to sit on my throne today, and let Me see it.”
[49-53] All the guests of Adonijah were afraid, and got up and went home. Adonijah feared Solomon; and he went and took hold on the horns of the altar. It was told Solomon, “Adonijah fears Ruler Solomon and has taken hold of the horns of the altar, saying, “Let Ruler Solomon promise to me first that he won’t kill me.” Solomon said, ““If he’ll show himself a worthy man, there won’t a hair of his head fall to the earth; but if evil is found in him, he’ll die. So Ruler Solomon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. He came and paid respect to Ruler Solomon; and Solomon said to him, ““Go home.”
2[1-5] Now the time came for David to die; and he told Solomon, his son, “I’m going the way of all the earth; so be strong, and show yourself a man; and keep the charge of Yahweh, your God, to follow God, to keep God’s Word, the laws, rules, and judgments, what’s written in the Law of Moses, that you may do well in what you do, and wherever you go. That Yahweh’s word may proved which God said about me, saying, ‘If your children be careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and soul, there won’t fail to be someone in your line to sit on the throne of Israel. Besides this, you know also what Joab, of Zeruiah, did to me, even what he did to the two troop leaderss of Israel, to Abner, of Ner, and to Amasa, of Jether, whom he killed, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war on his belt that hung on his waist, and in the shoes on his feet.
[6-10] So do what you think best, and don’t let his gray head go down to the grave in peace. But show kindness to the descendants of Barzillai, the Gileadite, and let them be of those who eat at your table, because they came to me, when I ran from Absalom, your brother. See, there’s with you Shimei, of Gera, the Benjamite, of Bahurim, who cursed me with a horrible curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim; but he came down to meet me at the Jordan, and I promised to him by Yahweh, saying, ‘I won’t kill you.’ So now don’t hold him guiltless, for you’re a wise man; and you’ll know what you should do to him, and you’ll bring his gray head down to Hell with blood. So David died, and was buried in the city of David.
[11-24] David ruled over Israel 40 years. He ruled in Hebron 7 years, and in Jerusalem 33 years. Solomon sat on the throne of David, his father; and his nation was strong. Then Adonijah, of Haggith, came to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. She said, “Do you come peaceably?” He said, “Peaceably.” He said, “I have something to tell you.” She said, “Tell me.” He said, “You know that the rule was mine, and that all Israel had set their hearts on me, that I should rule; But the rule was changed, and has been given to my brother because it was given him from Yahweh. Now I ask one thing of you; please don’t deny me.” She said to him, ““Tell me.” He said, “Please speak to Solomon, the Ruler (for he won’t tell you ‘no’), that he give me Abishag, the Shunammite, as wife.” Bathsheba said, “Okay; I’ll speak to the Ruler for you.” So Bathsheba went to Ruler Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. The Ruler got up to meet her, and bowed to her, and sat down on his throne, and made a throne to be brought for the Ruler’s mother; and she sat on his right side. Then she said, “I ask one small thing of you; please don’t deny me.” The Ruler said to her, “Ask, my mother, because I won’t deny you. She said, “Let Abishag, the Shunammite, be given to Adonijah, your brother, as wife.”Ruler Solomon answered his mother, Why do you ask Abishag, the Shunammite, for Adonijah? You might as well ask for him the rule also because he is my older brother; even for him, and for Abiathar, the preacher, and for Joab, of Zeruiah.”Then Ruler Solomon promised by Yahweh, saying, “God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah hasn’t said this against his own life.So now, as Yahweh lives, Who has set me up, and put me on the throne of David, my father, and who has made me a house, as he promised, truly Adonijah will be killed today.”
[25-34] Ruler Solomon sent Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, who killed him.To Abiathar, the preacher, the Ruler said, “Go to Anathoth, to your own fields because you’re worthy of death; but I won’t kill you at this time, because you carried the Chest of God God before David my father, and because you were troubled in all in which my father was troubled.So Solomon threw out Abiathar from being preacher to Yahweh, that he could fulfill the word of Yahweh, which was said about the house of Eli in Shiloh. The news came to Joab, because Joab had followed Adonijah, though he didn’t follow Absalom. Joab ran to the House of Yahweh, and took hold of the horns of the altar. It was told Ruler Solomon, Joab has run to the House of Yahweh, and is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah, saying, “Go, kill him.” Benaiah came to the House of Yahweh God, saying to him, The Ruler says, “Come out!” He said, “No; I’ll die here.” Benaiah brought the Ruler word again, saying, “Joab said this, and answered me this way.” The Ruler said to him, ““Do as he has said, and kill him, and bury him; that you may take away the blood, which Joab shed without cause, from me and my father’s house. Yahweh will make his blood fall on his own head, because he killed two men who were better than he, and killed them with the sword, and my father David didn’t know it, that is, Abner, of Ner, captain of the troops of Israel, and Amasa, of Jether, captain of the troops of Judah. So their blood will fall on the head of Joab, and on the head of his family forever; but to David, and to his family, and to his house, and to his throne, there will be peace forever from Yahweh.” Then Benaiah went up, and attacked him, and killed him; and he was buried in his own house in the countryside.
[35-40] The Ruler put Benaiah in his place over the troops; and Zadok, the preacher, the Ruler put in the place of Abiathar. The Ruler sent and called for Shimei, saying to him, “Build yourself a house in Jerusalem, and live there, and don’t go out from there anywhere.On the day you go out, and cross over the Kidron River, know for certain that you’ll truly die; your blood will be on your own head.” Shimei said to the Ruler, “What you say is good; as the Ruler has said, so I’ll do.” So Shimei lived in Jerusalem a long time. At the end of three years, two of the workers of Shimei ran away to Achish, son of Maacah, Ruler of Gath. They told Shimei, saying, “Your workers are in Gath.” Shimei got up, and saddled his donkey, and went to Gath to Achish, to look for his workers; and Shimei went, and brought his workers from Gath.
[41-46] It was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and had come back. The Ruler sent and called for Shimei, saying to him, “Didn’t I make you promise by Yahweh, and warn you, saying, ‘Know for certain, that on the day you go out, and walk out anywhere, you’ll truly die?’ and you said to me, ‘What you say is good.’ So why haven’t you kept the promise you made by Yahweh, and the word that I’ve told you?” Besides this, the Ruler said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the evil that you did to David, my father; so Yahweh will turn your evil back on your own head. But Ruler Solomon will be blessed, and the throne of David will be set up before Yahweh forever.” So the Ruler told Benaiah to kill him. The rule was made sure for Solomon.
3[1-3] Solomon made an agreement with the Ruler of Egypt, and took his daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had finished building his own house, and the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the wall of Jerusalem that surrounded it . Only the people sacrificed in the other places of worship in the mountains, because there was no house built for the name of Yahweh until those days. Solomon loved Yahweh, following the laws of David his father; only he sacrificed and burnt incense in the other places of worship in the mountains.
[4-10] The Ruler went to Gibeon to sacrifice there because that was the great place of worship; Solomon made a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. In Gibeon, Yahweh came to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask for whatever you want and I’ll give it to you.”Solomon said, “You’ve shown to Your follower David, my father, great loving kindness, as he walked before you in truth, and in goodness, and his heart being right with you; and you’ve continued this great loving kindness for him, and given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today. Now, Yahweh my God, you’ve made Your follower Ruler, instead of David, my father; and I’m like a little child; I don’t even know how to go out or come in. Your follower is in the middle of Your people, which you’ve chosen, a great many people, that can’t even be counted for number. So give Your follower an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may know the difference between good and evil because who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” What he said pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this.
[11-14] God said to him, “Because you’ve asked this, and haven’t asked for yourself long life, nor have asked wealth for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to know right from wrong; I’ll do what you ask; I’ll give you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there has been none like you before you, nor will anyone come like you after you. I’ll also give you what you haven’t asked, both wealth and honor, so that there won’t be any among the Rulers like you, all your days. If you’ll follow Me, to keep My laws and My Word, as your father David did, then I’llgive you long life.” ThenSolomon awoke; and it was a dream; and he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the Chest of Promise of Yahweh, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a celebration for all his workers.
[16-28] Then two women, who were prostitutes, came to the Ruler, and stood before him. The first woman said, “Oh, sir, I and this woman live in one house; and I had a child with her in the house. On the third day after I had given birth, this woman also had given birth; and we were together; there was no one with us in the house, except the two of us. This woman’s child died in the night, because she lay on it. She got up at midnight, and took my child from beside me, while I slept, and put it next to her, and laid her dead child next to me. When I woke up in the morning to breastfeed my child, it was dead; but when I looked at it in the morning, it wasn’t my child, which I had.” Then the other woman said, “No; but the living child is my child, and the dead is yours.” Then the first woman said, “No; but the dead is yours, and the living is mine.” This they said, before the Ruler. Then the Ruler said, “This one says, ‘This is my child who lives, and your son is the dead; and the other says, No; but your son is the dead, and my child is the living.’”Then the Ruler said, “Go get me a sword.” They brought a sword before the Ruler. The Ruler said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.” Then the woman, whose the living child really was, said to the Ruler, because her heart was broken over her child, “Oh, sir, give her the living child, and please don’t kill it.” But the other said, “It will be neither mine nor yours; divide it.” Then the Ruler answered, “Give her (the first woman) the living child, and don’t kill it; she is its mother. All Israel heard of the judgment, which the Ruler had made; and they respected the Ruler, because they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do justice.
4[1-6] Ruler Solomon was Ruler over all Israel. These were the leaders whom he had; Azariah, son of Zadok, the preacher; Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, secretaries; Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, the recorder; and Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, was over the troops; Zadok and Abiathar were preachers; Azariah, son of Nathan was over the officials; Zabud, son of Nathan was head minister, and the Ruler’s friend; Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram, son of Abda was over their workers.
[7-19] Solomon had 12 officials over all Israel who gave food for the Ruler and his household; each one had to give it for a month in the year. These are their names; Ben Hur, in the hillsides of Ephraim; Ben Deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan; Ben Hesed, in Arubboth (to whom belonged Socoh, and all the land of Hepher); Ben Abinadab, in all the mountains of Dor (who had Taphath, the daughter of Solomon, as wife); Baana of Ahilud, in Taanach, Megiddo, and all Beth Shean, which is beside Zarethan, beneath Jezreel, from Beth Shean to Abel Meholah, as far as the far side of Jokmeam; Ben Geber, in Ramoth Gilead (to whom belonged the towns of Jair of Manasseh, which are in Gilead and the area of Argo in Bashan, 60 big cities with walls and brass bars on their gates); Ahinadab, son of Iddo, in Mahanaim; Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (who also took Basemath, the daughter of Solomon, as wife); Baana, son of Hushai, in Asher and Aloth; Jehoshaphat, son of Paruah, in Issachar; Shimei, son of Ela, in Benjamin; Geber, son of Uri, in Gilead, the country of Sihon, Ruler of the Amorites, and of Og, Ruler of Bashan; and he was the only official who was in the land.
[20-23] Judah and Israel had as many people as the sand by the sea, eating, drinking, and celebrating. Solomon ruled over all the countries from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, to the border of Egypt; they paid taxes, and served Solomon all the days of his life. Solomon’s needs for one day was 180 bushels of fine flour, and 360 bushels of meal, ten fat cows, and 20 cows out of the pastures, and 100 sheep, Besides this, deer, bucks, antelopes, and chickens.
[24-] He ruled over all the area on this side the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah all the way to Gaza, over all the Rulers on this side of the Euphrates River; and he had peace on every side of him. Judah and Israel lived safely, everyone happily under their own vine and fig tree, from Dan all the way to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his war vehicles, and 12,000 riders. These officials gave food for Ruler Solomon, and all who came to Ruler Solomon’s table, each in their month; they left nothing lacking.They also broughtbarley and straw for the horses and stallions to the place where the officials were living, everyone according to his charge.
[29-] God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and great compassion, even as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the east, and all of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else; than Ethan, the Ezrahite, or Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. Solomon was famous in all the nations around him. He spoke 3,000 sayings and made 1,005 songs.He told of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he told also of animals, birds, insects, and fish.People came from everywhere to hear the Solomon’s wisdom, all the rulers of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
5[1-6] Hiram Ruler of Tyre sent his workers to Solomon because he had heard that they had anointed him Ruler in place of his father because Hiram was a good friend of David. Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, “You know how David, my father, couldn’t build a house for the Name of Yahweh God for the wars which were around him on every side, until Yahweh put them under his power. But now Yahweh, my God, has given me rest on every side; there’s neither enemy, nor evil things happening. See, I plan to build a house for the Name of Yahweh, my God, as Yahweh said to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I’ll set on your throne in your place, will build the house for My Name.’ So now, tell them to cut cedar trees out of Lebanon for me; and my workers will be with Your followers; and I’ll pay you for your workers whatever you say because you know that there isn’t among us any who knows how to cut wood like the Sidonians.”
[7-11] When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he was very happy, saying, Happy is Yahweh today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people. Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, I’ve heard the message which you’ve sent to me; I’ll do everything you want about the cedar and fir wood. My workers will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I’ll make them into rafts to go by sea to the place that you tell me, and will make them break them up there, and you’ll get them; and pay me, in giving food for my household. So Hiram gave Solomon wood of cedar and fir as much as he wanted. Solomon gave Hiram 120,000 bushels of wheat for food to his household, and 1,200,000 gallons of pure oil; this Solomon gave to Hiram each year.
[12-18] Yahweh gave Solomon wisdom, as was promised; and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon; and they made an agreement together. Ruler Solomon raised a work force out of all Israel of 30,000 workers. He sent them to Lebanon, 10,000 a month by shifts; they were in Lebanon a month, and at home two months; and Adoniram was over the workers. Solomon had 70,000 who moved the materials, and 80,000 who were stonecutters in the mountains; Besides 3,300 of Solomon’s head officials who were over the work, who had rule over the people who did the work. The Ruler told them to cut out large, expensive stones, to lay the foundation of the house with carved stone. Solomon’s and Hiram’s builders and the Gebalites cut them, and prepared the wood and stones to build the house.