Bathsheba with King David (1 Kings 1:15-1:21)

“Bathsheba went to the king in his room. The king was very old. Abishag the Shunammite was attending the king. Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to the king. The king said. ‘What do you wish?’ She said to him. ‘My lord, you swore to your servant by Yahweh your God, saying. ‘Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king. He shall sit upon my throne.’ But now suddenly Adonijah has become king, although you, my lord the king, do not know it. He has sacrificed oxen, fatted cattle, and sheep in abundance. He has invited all the children of the king, Abiathar the priest, and Joab the commander of the army. But Solomon your servant he has not invited. But you, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are upon you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it will come to pass, when my lord the king sleeps with his ancestors, that my son Solomon and I will be counted as offenders.’”

Bathsheba went into the old king’s room where Abishag was taking care of him. She bowed and showed the proper attitude to the king. She, in fact, was his wife. He wanted to know what she wanted. She then told King David that he had promised her that her son Solomon would be the next king and sit on the throne of David. However, Adonijah was now the king. Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army were with him sacrificing animals. All the children of the king were there except for Solomon. It was time for David to speak out about his successor. Otherwise, Bathsheba and Solomon would be the outside offenders.