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1 Kings 1:15-21


1:15 So Bathsheba visited the king in his private quarters. 1  (The king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.) 1:16 Bathsheba bowed down on the floor before 2  the king. The king said, “What do you want?” 1:17 She replied to him, “My master, you swore an oath to your servant by the Lord your God, ‘Solomon your son will be king after me and he will sit on my throne.’ 1:18 But now, look, Adonijah has become king! But you, 3  my master the king, are not even aware of it! 4  1:19 He has sacrificed many cattle, steers, and sheep and has invited all the king’s sons, Abiathar the priest, and Joab, the commander of the army, but he has not invited your servant Solomon. 1:20 Now, 5  my master, O king, all Israel is watching anxiously to see who is named to succeed my master the king on the throne. 6  1:21 If a decision is not made, 7  when my master the king is buried with his ancestors, 8  my son Solomon and I 9  will be considered state criminals.” 10 

1 tn Or “bedroom.”

2 tn Heb “bowed low and bowed down to.”

3 tc Instead of עַתָּה (’attah, “now”) many Hebrew mss, along with the Old Greek, Syriac Peshitta, and Latin Vulgate, have the similar sounding independent pronoun אַתָּה (’attah, “you”). This reading is followed in the present translation.

4 tn Heb “you do not know [about it].”

5 tc Many Hebrew mss have עַתָּה (’attah, “now”) rather than the similar sounding independent pronoun אַתָּה (’attah, “you”).

6 tn Heb “the eyes of all Israel are upon you to declare to them who will sit on the throne of my master the king after him.”

7 tn The words “if a decision is not made” are added for clarification.

8 tn Heb “lies down with his fathers.”

9 tn Heb “I and my son Solomon.” The order has been reversed in the translation for stylistic reasons.

10 tn Heb “will be guilty”; NASB “considered offenders”; TEV “treated as traitors.”

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