1 Kings 2:1
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,

Berean Study Bible
As the time drew near for David to die, he charged his son Solomon,

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

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

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

NASB 1995
As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,

NASB 1977
As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying,

Amplified Bible
When David’s time to die approached, he gave instructions to Solomon his son, saying,

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the days for David to die came near, and commanded Solomon his son and said to him:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the days of David drew near that he should die: and he addressed his son Solomon, saying, I go the way of all the earth:

Contemporary English Version
Not long before David died, he told Solomon:

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

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

Good News Translation
When David was about to die, he called his son Solomon and gave him his last instructions:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When David was about 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:

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying:

Literal Standard Version
And the days of David to die draw near, and he charges his son Solomon, saying,

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

New Heart English Bible
Now the days of David drew near that he should die; and he commanded 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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
David Instructs Solomon
1As the time drew near for David to die, he charged his son Solomon, 2“I am about to go the way of all the earth. So be strong and prove yourself a man.…

Cross References
Genesis 47:29
When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, "If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise to show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,

Deuteronomy 31:14
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Behold, the time of your death is near. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the Tent of Meeting, so that I may commission him." So Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves at the Tent of Meeting.

2 Samuel 7:12
And when your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.

1 Kings 1:53
So King Solomon summoned Adonijah down from the altar, and he came and bowed down before King Solomon, who said to him, "Go to your home."

1 Chronicles 22:6
Then David called for his son Solomon and instructed 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 nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:

Deuteronomy 31:14
And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Deuteronomy 33:1
And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.

charged

Numbers 27:19
And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

Deuteronomy 3:28
But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.

Deuteronomy 31:23
And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou shalt bring the children of Israel into the land which I sware unto them: and I will be with thee.









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.]

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As the time
יְמֵֽי־ (yə·mê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

drew near
וַיִּקְרְב֥וּ (way·yiq·rə·ḇū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7126: To come near, approach

for David
דָוִ֖ד (ḏā·wiḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

to die,
לָמ֑וּת (lā·mūṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 4191: To die, to kill

he charged
וַיְצַ֛ו (way·ṣaw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

his son
בְנ֖וֹ (ḇə·nōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1121: A son

Solomon,
שְׁלֹמֹ֥ה (šə·lō·mōh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 8010: Solomon -- David's son and successor to his throne


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