HAFTARAH FOR PARSHAS CHAYEI SARAH

Ashkenaz & Sefarad & Teimani
(Melachim I 1:1-1:31)

Melachim I 1:1-1:31

א:א   וְהַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד זָקֵן, בָּא בַּיָּמִים; וַיְכַסֻּהוּ, בַּבְּגָדִים, וְלֹא יִחַם, לוֹ.1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he could get no heat.
ב   וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ עֲבָדָיו, יְבַקְשׁוּ לַאדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ נַעֲרָה בְתוּלָה, וְעָמְדָה לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, וּתְהִי-לוֹ סֹכֶנֶת; וְשָׁכְבָה בְחֵיקֶךָ, וְחַם לַאדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ.2 Wherefore his servants said unto him: 'Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin; and let her stand before the king, and be a companion unto him; and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.'
ג   וַיְבַקְשׁוּ נַעֲרָה יָפָה, בְּכֹל גְּבוּל יִשְׂרָאֵל; וַיִּמְצְאוּ, אֶת-אֲבִישַׁג הַשּׁוּנַמִּית, וַיָּבִאוּ אֹתָהּ, לַמֶּלֶךְ.3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the borders of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king.
ד   וְהַנַּעֲרָה, יָפָה עַד-מְאֹד; וַתְּהִי לַמֶּלֶךְ סֹכֶנֶת וַתְּשָׁרְתֵהוּ, וְהַמֶּלֶךְ לֹא יְדָעָהּ.4 And the damsel was very fair; and she became a companion unto the king, and ministered to him; but the king knew her not.
ה   וַאֲדֹנִיָּה בֶן-חַגִּית מִתְנַשֵּׂא לֵאמֹר, אֲנִי אֶמְלֹךְ; וַיַּעַשׂ לוֹ, רֶכֶב וּפָרָשִׁים, וַחֲמִשִּׁים אִישׁ, רָצִים לְפָנָיו.5 Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: 'I will be king'; and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
ו   וְלֹא-עֲצָבוֹ אָבִיו מִיָּמָיו לֵאמֹר, מַדּוּעַ כָּכָה עָשִׂיתָ; וְגַם-הוּא טוֹב-תֹּאַר מְאֹד, וְאֹתוֹ יָלְדָה אַחֲרֵי אַבְשָׁלוֹם.6 And his father had not grieved him all his life in saying: 'Why hast thou done so?' and he was also a very goodly man; and he was born after Absalom.
ז   וַיִּהְיוּ דְבָרָיו--עִם יוֹאָב בֶּן-צְרוּיָה, וְעִם אֶבְיָתָר הַכֹּהֵן; וַיַּעְזְרוּ, אַחֲרֵי אֲדֹנִיָּה.7 And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest; and they following Adonijah helped him.
ח   וְצָדוֹק הַכֹּהֵן וּבְנָיָהוּ בֶן-יְהוֹיָדָע וְנָתָן הַנָּבִיא, וְשִׁמְעִי וְרֵעִי, וְהַגִּבּוֹרִים, אֲשֶׁר לְדָוִד--לֹא הָיוּ, עִם-אֲדֹנִיָּהוּ.8 But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men that belonged to David, were not with Adonijah.
ט   וַיִּזְבַּח אֲדֹנִיָּהוּ, צֹאן וּבָקָר וּמְרִיא, עִם אֶבֶן הַזֹּחֶלֶת, אֲשֶׁר-אֵצֶל עֵין רֹגֵל; וַיִּקְרָא, אֶת-כָּל-אֶחָיו בְּנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, וּלְכָל-אַנְשֵׁי יְהוּדָה, עַבְדֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ.9 And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En-rogel; and he called all his brethren the king's sons, and all the men of Judah the king's servants;
י   וְאֶת-נָתָן הַנָּבִיא וּבְנָיָהוּ וְאֶת-הַגִּבּוֹרִים, וְאֶת-שְׁלֹמֹה אָחִיו--לֹא קָרָא.10 but Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, and the mighty men, and Solomon his brother, he called not.
יא   וַיֹּאמֶר נָתָן, אֶל-בַּת-שֶׁבַע אֵם-שְׁלֹמֹה לֵאמֹר, הֲלוֹא שָׁמַעַתְּ, כִּי מָלַךְ אֲדֹנִיָּהוּ בֶן-חַגִּית; וַאֲדֹנֵינוּ דָוִד, לֹא יָדָע.11 Then Nathan spoke unto Bath-sheba the mother of Solomon, saying: 'Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
יב   וְעַתָּה, לְכִי אִיעָצֵךְ נָא עֵצָה:  וּמַלְּטִי, אֶת-נַפְשֵׁךְ, וְאֶת-נֶפֶשׁ בְּנֵךְ, שְׁלֹמֹה.12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.
יג   לְכִי וּבֹאִי אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד, וְאָמַרְתְּ אֵלָיו הֲלֹא-אַתָּה אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ נִשְׁבַּעְתָּ לַאֲמָתְךָ לֵאמֹר, כִּי-שְׁלֹמֹה בְנֵךְ יִמְלֹךְ אַחֲרַי, וְהוּא יֵשֵׁב עַל-כִּסְאִי; וּמַדּוּעַ, מָלַךְ אֲדֹנִיָּהוּ.13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him: Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thy handmaid, saying: Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
יד   הִנֵּה, עוֹדָךְ מְדַבֶּרֶת שָׁם--עִם-הַמֶּלֶךְ; וַאֲנִי אָבוֹא אַחֲרַיִךְ, וּמִלֵּאתִי אֶת-דְּבָרָיִךְ.14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.'
טו   וַתָּבֹא בַת-שֶׁבַע אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ הַחַדְרָה, וְהַמֶּלֶךְ זָקֵן מְאֹד; וַאֲבִישַׁג, הַשּׁוּנַמִּית, מְשָׁרַת, אֶת-הַמֶּלֶךְ.15 And Bath-sheba went in unto the king into the chamber.--Now the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunammite ministered unto the king.--
טז   וַתִּקֹּד בַּת-שֶׁבַע, וַתִּשְׁתַּחוּ לַמֶּלֶךְ; וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ, מַה-לָּךְ.16 And Bath-sheba bowed, and prostrated herself unto the king. And the king said: 'What wouldest thou?'
יז   וַתֹּאמֶר לוֹ, אֲדֹנִי אַתָּה נִשְׁבַּעְתָּ בַּיקוק א-לקיךָ לַאֲמָתֶךָ, כִּי-שְׁלֹמֹה בְנֵךְ, יִמְלֹךְ אַחֲרָי; וְהוּא, יֵשֵׁב עַל-כִּסְאִי.17 And she said unto him: 'My lord, thou didst swear by the LORD thy God unto thy handmaid: Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
יח   וְעַתָּה, הִנֵּה אֲדֹנִיָּה מָלָךְ; וְעַתָּה אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ, לֹא יָדָעְתָּ.18 And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and thou, my lord the king, knowest it not.
יט   וַיִּזְבַּח שׁוֹר וּמְרִיא-וְצֹאן, לָרֹב, 
 
וַיִּקְרָא לְכָל-בְּנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, וּלְאֶבְיָתָר הַכֹּהֵן וּלְיֹאָב שַׂר הַצָּבָא; וְלִשְׁלֹמֹה עַבְדְּךָ, לֹא קָרָא.
19 And he hath slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance,
 
and hath called all the sons of the king, and Abiathar, the priest, and Joab the captain of the host; but Solomon thy servant hath he not called.
כ   וְאַתָּה אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ, עֵינֵי כָל-יִשְׂרָאֵל עָלֶיךָ:  לְהַגִּיד לָהֶם--מִי יֵשֵׁב עַל-כִּסֵּא אֲדֹנִי-הַמֶּלֶךְ, אַחֲרָיו.20 And thou, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
כא   וְהָיָה, כִּשְׁכַב אֲדֹנִי-הַמֶּלֶךְ עִם-אֲבֹתָיו; וְהָיִיתִי, אֲנִי וּבְנִי שְׁלֹמֹה--חַטָּאִים.21 Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.'
כב   וְהִנֵּה עוֹדֶנָּה מְדַבֶּרֶת, עִם-הַמֶּלֶךְ; וְנָתָן הַנָּבִיא, בָּא.22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Nathan the prophet came in.
כג   וַיַּגִּידוּ לַמֶּלֶךְ לֵאמֹר, הִנֵּה נָתָן הַנָּבִיא; וַיָּבֹא לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ לַמֶּלֶךְ עַל-אַפָּיו אָרְצָה.23 And they told the king, saying: 'Behold Nathan the prophet.' And when he was come in before the king, he bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.
כד   וַיֹּאמֶר, נָתָן, אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ, אַתָּה אָמַרְתָּ אֲדֹנִיָּהוּ יִמְלֹךְ אַחֲרָי; וְהוּא, יֵשֵׁב עַל-כִּסְאִי.24 And Nathan said: 'My lord, O king, hast thou said: Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
כה   כִּי יָרַד הַיּוֹם, וַיִּזְבַּח שׁוֹר וּמְרִיא-וְצֹאן לָרֹב, וַיִּקְרָא לְכָל-בְּנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וּלְשָׂרֵי הַצָּבָא וּלְאֶבְיָתָר הַכֹּהֵן, וְהִנָּם אֹכְלִים וְשֹׁתִים לְפָנָיו; וַיֹּאמְרוּ, יְחִי הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲדֹנִיָּהוּ.25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king's sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say: Long live king Adonijah.
כו   וְלִי אֲנִי-עַבְדֶּךָ וּלְצָדֹק הַכֹּהֵן וְלִבְנָיָהוּ בֶן-יְהוֹיָדָע, וְלִשְׁלֹמֹה עַבְדְּךָ--לֹא קָרָא.26 But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon hath he not called.
כז   אִם, מֵאֵת אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ, נִהְיָה, הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה; וְלֹא הוֹדַעְתָּ, אֶת-עבדיך (עַבְדְּךָ), מִי יֵשֵׁב עַל-כִּסֵּא אֲדֹנִי-הַמֶּלֶךְ, אַחֲרָיו. 27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not declared unto thy servant who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?'
כח   וַיַּעַן הַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד וַיֹּאמֶר, קִרְאוּ-לִי לְבַת-שָׁבַע; וַתָּבֹא לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, וַתַּעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ.28 Then king David answered and said: 'Call me Bath-sheba.' And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
כט   וַיִּשָּׁבַע הַמֶּלֶךְ, וַיֹּאמַר:  חַי-יקוק, אֲשֶׁר-פָּדָה אֶת-נַפְשִׁי מִכָּל-צָרָה.29 And the king swore and said: 'As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,
ל   כִּי כַּאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּעְתִּי לָךְ בַּיקוק א-לקי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר, כִּי-שְׁלֹמֹה בְנֵךְ יִמְלֹךְ אַחֲרַי, וְהוּא יֵשֵׁב עַל-כִּסְאִי תַּחְתָּי:  כִּי כֵּן אֶעֱשֶׂה, הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה.30 verily as I swore unto thee by the LORD, the God of Israel, saying: Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; verily so will I do this day.'
לא   וַתִּקֹּד בַּת-שֶׁבַע אַפַּיִם אֶרֶץ, וַתִּשְׁתַּחוּ לַמֶּלֶךְ; וַתֹּאמֶר--יְחִי אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד, לְעֹלָם. 31 Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and prostrated herself to the king, and said: 'Let my lord king David live for ever.'
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