1 MELAKIM (1 Kings) 2:1-12

1 Kings 2

1  And the days of Dawiḏ drew near to die, and he commanded Shelomoh his son, saying,

2  "I am going the way of all the earth. And you shall be strong, and be a man.

3  "And guard the Charge of יהוה your Elohim: to walk in His Ways, to guard His Laws, His Commands, His Right-Rulings, and His Witnesses, as it is written in the Torah of Mosheh, so that you do wisely all that you do and wherever you turn;

4  so that יהוה establishes His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons guard their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their being,' saying, ‘there is not to cease a man of yours on the throne of Yisra'ĕl.'

5  "And also, you know what Yo'aḇ son of Tseruyah did to me, and what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Yisra'ĕl, to Aḇnĕr son of Nĕr and Amasa son of Yether, that he slew them, and shed the blood of battle in peace, and put the blood of battle on his belt that was around his waist, and on his sandals that were on his feet.

6  "So act according to your wisdom, and do not let his grey hair go down to the grave in peace.

7  "But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gilʽaḏite, and let them be among those who eat at your table, for so they came to me when I fled from Aḇshalom your brother.

8  "And see, with you is Shimʽi son of Gĕra, the Binyamite from Baḥurim, who cursed me with a grievous cursing in the day when I went to Maḥanayim. But he came down to meet me at the Yardĕn, and I swore to him by יהוה, saying, ‘I shall not put you to death with the sword.'

9  "And now, do not leave him unpunished, for you are a wise man and know what you should do to him, and shall bring his grey hair down to the grave with blood."

10  And Dawiḏ slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of Dawiḏ.

11  And the days that Dawiḏ reigned over Yisra'ĕl was forty years. He reigned seven years in Ḥeḇron, and in Yerushalayim he reigned thirty-three years.

12  And Shelomoh sat on the throne of his father Dawiḏ. And his reign was firmly established.