David, after giving his last charge to Solomon, dieth. Adonias is put to death: Abiathar is banished: Joab and Semei are slain.
1 And the days of David drew nigh that he should die, and he charged his son Solomon, saying:
Appropinquaverunt autem dies David ut moreretur, praecepitque Salomoni filio suo, dicens :
2 I am going the way of all flesh: take thou courage, and shew thyself a man.
Ego ingredior viam universae terrae : confortare, et esto vir :
3 And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and observe his ceremonies, and his precepts, and judgments, and testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses: that thou mayest understand all thou dost, and whithersoever thou shalt turn thyself:
et observa custodias Domini Dei tui, ut ambules in viis ejus, ut custodias caeremonias ejus, et praecepta ejus, et judicia, et testimonia, sicut scriptum est in lege Moysi : ut intelligas universa quae facis, et quocumque te verteris :
4 That the Lord may confirm his words, which he hath spoken of me, saying: If thy children shall take heed to their ways, and shall walk before me in truth, with all their heart, and with all their soul, there shall not be taken away from thee a man on the throne of Israel.
ut confirmet Dominus sermones suos, quos locutus est de me, dicens : Si custodierint filii tui vias suas, et ambulaverint coram me in veritate, in omni corde suo, et in omni anima sua, non auferetur tibi vir de solio Israel.
5 Thou knowest also what Joab the son of Sarvia hath done to me, what he did to the two captains of the army of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether: whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war on his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.
Tu quoque nosti quae fecerit mihi Joab filius Sarviae, quae fecerit duobus principibus exercitus Israel, Abner filio Ner, et Amasae filio Jether : quos occidit, et effudit sanguinem belli in pace, et posuit cruorem praelii in balteo suo, qui erat circa lumbos ejus, et in calceamento suo, quod erat in pedibus ejus.
6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoary head go down to hell in peace.
Facies ergo juxta sapientiam tuam, et non deduces canitiem ejus pacifice ad inferos.
7 But shew kindness to the sons of Berzellai the Galaadite, and let them eat at thy table: for they met me when I fled from the face of Absalom thy brother.
Sed et filiis Berzellai Galaaditis reddes gratiam, eruntque comedentes in mensa tua : occurrerunt enim mihi quando fugiebam a facie Absalom fratris tui.
8 Thou hast also with thee Semei the son of Gera the son of Jemini of Bahurim, who cursed me with a grievous curse, when I went to the camp: but because he came down to meet me when I passed over the Jordan, and I swore to him by the Lord, saying: I will not kill thee with a sword:
Habes quoque apud te Semei filium Gera filii Jemini de Bahurim, qui maledixit mihi maledictione pessima, quando ibam ad castra : sed quia descendit mihi in occursum cum transirem Jordanem, et juravi ei per Dominum, dicens : Non te interficiam gladio :
9 Do not thou hold him guiltless. But thou art a wise man, and knowest what to do with him, and thou shalt bring down his grey hairs with blood to hell.
tu noli pati eum esse innoxium. Vir autem sapiens es, ut scias quae facies ei, deducesque canos ejus cum sanguine ad inferos.
10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
Dormivit igitur David cum patribus suis, et sepultus est in civitate David.
11 And the days that David reigned in Israel, were forty years: in Hebron he reigned seven years, in Jerusalem thirty-three.
Dies autem, quibus regnavit David super Israel, quadraginta anni sunt : in Hebron regnavit septem annis : in Jerusalem, triginta tribus.
12 And Solomon sat upon the throne of his father David, and his kingdom was strengthened exceedingly.
Salomon autem sedit super thronum David patris sui, et firmatum est regnum ejus nimis.
13 And Adonias the son of Haggith came to Bethsabee the mother of Solomon. And she said to him: Is thy coming peaceable? he answered: Peaceable.
Et ingressus est Adonias filius Haggith ad Bethsabee matrem Salomonis. Quae dixit ei : Pacificusne est ingressus tuus? Qui respondit : Pacificus.
14 And he added: I have a word to speak with thee. She said to him: Speak. And he said:
Addiditque : Sermo mihi est ad te. Cui ait : Loquere. Et ille :
15 Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and all Israel had preferred me to be their king: but the kingdom is transferred, and is become my brother's: for it was appointed him by the Lord.
Tu, inquit, nosti, quia meum erat regnum, et me praeposuerat omnis Israel sibi in regem : sed translatum est regnum, et factum est fratris mei : a Domino enim constitutum est ei.
16 Now therefore I ask one petition of thee: turn not away my face. And she said to him: Say on.
Nunc ergo petitionem unam precor a te : ne confundas faciem meam. Quae dixit ad eum : Loquere.
17 And he said: I pray thee speak to king Solomon (for he cannot deny thee any thing) to give me Abisag the Sunamitess to wife.
Et ille ait : Precor ut dicas Salomoni regi ( neque enim negare tibi quidquam potest) ut det mihi Abisag Sunamitidem uxorem.
18 And Bethsabee said: Well, I will speak for thee to the king.
Et ait Bethsabee : Bene, ego loquar pro te regi.
19 Then Bethsabee came to king Solomon, to speak to him for Adonias: and the king arose to meet her, and bowed to her, and sat down upon his throne: and a throne was set for the king's mother, and she sat on his right hand.
Venit ergo Bethsabee ad regem Salomonem, ut loqueretur ei pro Adonia : et surrexit rex in occursum ejus, adoravitque eam, et sedit super thronum suum : positusque est thronus matri regis, quae sedit ad dexteram ejus.
20 And she said to him: I desire one small petition of thee, do not put me to confusion. And the king said to her: My mother, ask: for I must not turn away thy face.
Dixitque ei : Petitionem unam parvulam ego deprecor a te, ne confundas faciem meam. Et dixit ei rex : Pete, mater mea : neque enim fas est ut avertam faciem tuam.
21 And she said: Let Abisag the Sunamitess be given to Adonias thy brother to wife.
Quae ait : Detur Abisag Sunamitis Adoniae fratri tuo uxor.
22 And king Solomon answered, and said to his mother: Why dost thou ask Abisag the Sunamitess for Adonias? ask for him also the kingdom: for he is my elder brother, and hath Abiathar the priest, and Joab the son of Sarvia.
Responditque rex Salomon, et dixit matri suae : Quare postulas Abisag Sunamitidem Adoniae? Postula ei et regnum : ipse est enim frater meus major me, et habet Abiathar sacerdotem, et Joab filium Sarviae.
23 Then king Solomon swore by the Lord, saying: So and so may God do to me, and add more, if Adonias hath not spoken this word against his own life.
Juravit itaque rex Salomon per Dominum, dicens : Haec faciat mihi Deus, et haec addat, quia contra animam suam locutus est Adonias verbum hoc.
24 And now as the Lord liveth, who hath established me, and placed me upon the throne of David my father, and who hath made me a house, as he promised, Adonias shall be put to death this day.
Et nunc vivit Dominus, qui firmavit me, et collocavit me super solium David patris mei, et qui fecit mihi domum, sicut locutus est, quia hodie occidetur Adonias.
25 And king Solomon sent by the hand of Banaias the son of Joiada, who slew him, and he died.
Misitque rex Salomon per manum Banaiae filii Jojadae, qui interfecit eum, et mortuus est.
26 And the king said also to Abiathar the priest: Go to Anathoth to thy lands, for indeed thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou didst carry the ark of the Lord God before David my father, and hast endured trouble in all the troubles my father endured.
Abiathar quoque sacerdoti dixit rex : Vade in Anathoth ad agrum tuum, equidem vir mortis es : sed hodie te non interficiam, quia portasti arcam Domini Dei coram David patre meo, et sustinuisti laborem in omnibus in quibus laboravit pater meus.
27 So Solomon cast out Abiathar, from being the priest of the Lord, that the word of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he spoke concerning the house of Deli in Silo.
Ejecit ergo Salomon Abiathar, ut non esset sacerdos Domini, ut impleretur sermo Domini, quem locutus est super domum Heli in Silo.
28 And the news came to Joab, because Joab had turned after Adonias, and had not turned after Solomon: and Joab fled into the tabernacle of the Lord and laid hold on the horn of the altar.
Venit autem nuntius ad Joab, quod Joab declinasset post Adoniam, et post Salomonem non declinasset : fugit ergo Joab in tabernaculum Domini, et apprehendit cornu altaris.
29 And it was told king Solomon, that Joab was fled into the tabernacle of the Lord, and was by the altar: and Solomon sent Banaias the son of Joiada, saying: Go, kill him.
Nuntiatumque est regi Salomoni quod fugisset Joab in tabernaculum Domini, et esset juxta altare : misitque Salomon Banaiam, filium Jojadae, dicens : Vade, interfice eum.
30 And Banaias came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said to him: Thus saith the king: Come forth. And he said: I will not come forth, but here I will die. Banaias brought word back to the king, saying: Thus saith Joab, and thus he answered me.
Et venit Banaias ad tabernaculum Domini, et dixit ei : Haec dicit rex : Egredere. Qui ait : Non egrediar, sed hic moriar. Renuntiavit Banaias regi sermonem, dicens : Haec locutus est Joab, et haec respondit mihi.
31 And the king said to him: Do as he hath said: and kill him, and bury him, and thou shalt remove the innocent blood which hath been shed by Joab, from me, and from the house of my father.
Dixitque ei rex : Fac sicut locutus est : et interfice eum, et sepeli, et amovebis sanguinem innocentem, qui effusus est a Joab, a me, et a domo patris mei.
32 And the Lord shall return his blood upon his own head, because he murdered two men, just and better than himself: and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing it, Abner the son of Ner, general of the army of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, general of the army of Juda.
Et reddet Dominus sanguinem ejus super caput ejus, quia interfecit duos viros justos, melioresque se : et occidit eos gladio, patre meo David ignorante, Abner filium Ner principem militiae Israel, et Amasam filium Jether principem exercitus Juda :
33 And their blood shall return the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever. But to David and his seed and his house, and to his throne be peace for ever from the Lord.
et revertetur sanguis illorum in caput Joab, et in caput seminis ejus in sempiternum. David autem et semini ejus, et domui, et throno illius, sit pax usque in aeternum a Domino.
34 So Banaias the son of Joiada went up, and setting upon him slew him, and he was buried in his house in the desert.
Ascendit itaque Banaias filius Jojadae, et aggressus eum interfecit : sepultusque est in domo sua in deserto.
35 And the king appointed Banaias the son of Joiada in his room over the army, and Sadoc the priest he put in the place of Abiathar.
Et constituit rex Banaiam filium Jojadae pro eo super exercitum, et Sadoc sacerdotem posuit pro Abiathar.
36 The king also sent, and called for Semei, and said to him: Build thee a house in Jerusalem, and dwell there: and go not out from thence any whither.
Misit quoque rex, et vocavit Semei, dixitque ei : Aedifica tibi domum in Jerusalem, et habita ibi : et non egredieris inde huc atque illuc.
37 For on what day soever thou shalt go out, and shalt pass over the brook Cedron, know that thou shalt be put to death: thy blood shall be upon thy own head:
Quacumque autem die egressus fueris, et transieris torrentem Cedron, scito te interficiendum : sanguis tuus erit super caput tuum.
38 And Semei said to the king: The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Semei dwelt in Jerusalem, many days.
Dixitque Semei regi : Bonus sermo : sicut locutus est dominus meus rex, sic faciet servus tuus. Habitavit itaque in Semei in Jerusalem diebus multis.
39 And it came to pass after three years, that the servants of Semei ran away to Achis the son of Maacha the king of Geth: and it was told Semei that his servants were gone to Geth.
Factum est autem post annos tres ut fugerent servi Semei ad Achis filium Maacha regem Geth : nuntiatumque est Semei quod servi ejus issent in Geth.
40 And Semei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Achis to Geth to seek his servants, and he brought them out of Geth.
Et surrexit Semei, et stravit asinum suum : ivitque ad Achis in Geth ad requirendum servos suos, et adduxit eos de Geth.
41 And it was told Solomon that Semei had gone from Jerusalem to Geth, and was come back.
Nuntiatum est autem Salomoni quod isset Semei in Geth de Jerusalem, et rediisset.
42 And sending he called for him, and said to him: Did I not protest to thee by the Lord, and tell thee before: On what day soever thou shalt go out and walk abroad any whither, know that thou shalt die? And thou answeredst me: The word that I have heard is good.
Et mittens vocavit eum, dixitque illi : Nonne testificatus sum tibi per Dominum, et praedixi tibi : Quacumque die egressus, ieris huc et illuc, scito te esse moriturum : et respondisti mihi : Bonus sermo, quem audivi?
43 Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the Lord, and the commandment that I laid upon thee?
Quare ergo non custodisti jusjurandum Domini, et praeceptum quod praeceperam tibi?
44 And the king said to Semei: Thou knowest all the evil, of which thy heart is conscious, which thou didst to David my father: the Lord hath returned thy wickedness upon thy own head:
Dixitque rex ad Semei : Tu nosti omne malum cujus tibi conscium est cor tuum, quod fecisti David patri meo : reddidit Dominus malitiam tuam in caput tuum.
45 And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.
Et rex Salomon benedictus, et thronus David erit stabilis coram Domino usque in sempiternum.
46 So the king commanded Banaias the son of Joiada: and he went out and struck him, and he died.
Jussit itaque rex Banaiae filio Jojadae, qui egressus, percussit eum, et mortuus est.