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1 Kings 2:1-4

David’s Final Words to Solomon

2:1 When David was close to death, 1  he told 2  Solomon his son: 2:2 “I am about to die. 3  Be strong and become a man! 2:3 Do the job the Lord your God has assigned you 4  by following his instructions 5  and obeying 6  his rules, commandments, regulations, and laws as written in the law of Moses. Then you will succeed in all you do and seek to accomplish, 7  2:4 and the Lord will fulfill his promise to me, 8  ‘If your descendants watch their step 9  and live faithfully in my presence 10  with all their heart and being, 11  then,’ he promised, 12  ‘you will not fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ 13 

1 tn Heb “and the days of David approached to die.”

2 tn Or “commanded.”

3 tn Heb “going the way of all the earth.”

4 tn Heb “keep the charge of the Lord your God.”

5 tn Heb “by walking in his ways.”

6 tn Or “keeping.”

7 tn Heb “then you will cause to succeed all which you do and all which you turn there.”

8 tn Heb “then the Lord will establish his word which he spoke to me, saying.”

9 tn Heb “guard their way.”

10 tn Heb “by walking before me in faithfulness.”

11 tn Or “soul.”

12 tn Heb “saying.”

13 tn Heb “there will not be cut off from you a man from upon the throne of Israel.”

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