And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Call me Zadok.—This sudden flash of the old energy in David, and the clear, terse directions which he gives for carrying out all the necessary parts of the inauguration of Solomon’s royalty, striking enough in themselves, are still more striking in contrast with the timidity and despondency with which, when far younger, he had received the news of Absalom’s rebellion. For then he felt the coming of God’s threatened chastisement; now he knows that this is passed, and that God is on his side.1 Kings 1:38), would show the people that the proceedings had the king's sanction. The order of the names marks the position of the persons with respect to the matter in hand.
and Nathan the prophet; who very probably went out of the room when Bathsheba was called in: and
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; the captain of his guards:And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)32. Zadok the priest] Who must anoint king Solomon, and it is probably with this thought that David names him first.
and Nathan the prophet] Who had gone aside when Bath-sheba was called.Verse 32. - And king David said [this prompt and vigorous action shows that David's force of character and mental power were unimpaired], Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. [" the order of the names marks the position of the persons with respect to the matter in hand." Rawlinson]. And they came before the king. 1 Kings 1:28 with 1 Kings 1:32). This was done, not to avoid the appearance of a mutual arrangement (Cler., Then., etc.), but for reasons of propriety, inasmuch as, in audiences granted by the king to his wife or one of his counsellors, no third person ought to be present unless the king required his attendance. Nathan confirmed Bathsheba's statement, commencing thus: "My lord king, thou hast really said, Adonijah shall be king after me...? for he has gone down to-day, and has prepared a feast, ... and they are eating and drinking before him, and saying, Long live king Adonijah!" And he then closed by asking, "Has this taken place on the part of my lord the king, and thou hast not shown thy servants (Nathan, Zadok, Benaiah, and Solomon) who is to sit upon the throne of my lord the king after him?" The indirect question introduced with אם is not merely an expression of modesty, but also of doubt, whether what had occurred had emanated from the king and he had not shown it to his servants.
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