1 Kings 2:1
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New International Version
When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.

New Living Translation
As the time of King David's death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon:

English Standard Version
When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying,

New American Standard Bible
As David's time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,

King James Bible
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As the time approached for David to die, he instructed his son Solomon, "

International Standard Version
As David's time to die approached, he addressed his son Solomon with these words:

NET Bible
When David was close to death, he told Solomon his son:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When David was about to die, he instructed his son Solomon,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he charged Solomon, his son, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

American King James Version
Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

American Standard Version
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the days of David drew nigh that he should die, and he charged his son Solomon, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
And the days of David were at hand that he should die; and he enjoined Solomon his son saying,

English Revised Version
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

World English Bible
Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he commanded Solomon his son, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And draw near do the days of David to die, and he chargeth Solomon his son, saying,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-4 David's charge to Solomon is, to keep the charge of the Lord. The authority of a dying father is much, but nothing to that of a living God. God promised David that the Messiah should come from his descendants, and that promise was absolute; but the promise, that there should not fail of them a man on the throne of Israel, was conditional; if he walks before God in sincerity, with zeal and resolution: in order hereunto, he must take heed to his way.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - I go the way [lit., I am walking (same word as in ver. 3) in the way] of all the earth [i.e., of all the sons of earth, all mankind (cf. 1 Samuel 17:46; 1 Kings 10:24; Psalm 66:4, etc.) The path to Sheol, the path which all his forefathers, and untold millions more, have trod, he is treading it now. The words sound like a reminiscence of Joshua 23, 24. Perhaps, too, the thought of Joshua suggested to his mind the next words]: but be thou strong, and be a man. [Similar, though not identical, words were four times addressed to Joshua (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 18), and David may well have thought that his son, in entering upon his difficult duties, was not at all unlike Joshua when he succeeded Moses in the leadership of Israel, and that he needed similar encouragement. It is not necessary to suppose, as Canon Rawlinson does ("Speaker's Com.," vol. 2 p. 489), that in the words, "show thyself a man," we have a reference to Solomon's youth; for words precisely similar were addressed to each other by the Philistines at Aphek (1 Samuel 4:9). The age of Solomon at his accession is very doubtful. David said, "Solomon my son is young and tender" (1 Chronicles 22:5; 1 Chronicles 29:1); and Solomon says of himself, "I am a little child" נַעַר קָטֹן (1 Kings 3:7). Josephus, probably reflecting the tradition of his time, fixes his age at fourteen; Eupolemus at twelve. I incline to think that the words "young and tender" almost forbid the favourite opinion that he was about twenty.]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die,.... The number of his days fixed and determined by the Lord, Job 14:5; and which might be perceived as drawing nigh, both by himself and others, through the growing infirmities of old age, decline of nature, and various symptoms of an approaching dissolution which were upon him; see Genesis 47:29. Abarbinel observes, that he is called only David, not King David; because Solomon his son was now anointed king, and reigned in his stead; so in 1 Kings 1:10; but there is another reason given by some Jews (n), that no man, even a king, has power in the day of death; he is no king then, he has no rule over that, but that rules over him:

and he charged Solomon his son; gave him his last and dying charge:

saying; as follows.

(n) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 96. fol. 83. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 2

1Ki 2:1-11. David Dies.

1. David … charged Solomon his son—The charge recorded here was given to Solomon just before his death and is different from the farewell address delivered in public some time before (1Ch 28:2-9). It is introduced with great solemnity.

1 Kings 2:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
David Instructs Solomon
1As David's time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, 2"I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man.…
Cross References
Genesis 47:29
When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,

Deuteronomy 31:14
The LORD said to Moses, "Now the day of your death is near. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, where I will commission him." So Moses and Joshua came and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.

2 Samuel 7:12
When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.

1 Kings 1:53
Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, "Go to your home."

1 Chronicles 22:6
Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,

the days

Genesis 47:29 And the time drew near that Israel must die: and he called his son …

Deuteronomy 31:14 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, your days approach that you must …

Deuteronomy 33:1 And this is the blessing, with which Moses the man of God blessed …

2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

2 Peter 1:13-15 Yes, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir …

charged

Numbers 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; …

Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he …

Deuteronomy 31:23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and …

Acts 20:28-31 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies …

1 Timothy 6:13 I give you charge in the sight of God, who vivifies all things, and …

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

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