Nathan, David and Solomon
1After him came NATHAN * who served in the presence of David. q 2 Sm 7, 2 . 2Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings, so was DAVID in Israel. r 1 Sm 16, 11 . 3He made sport of lions as though they were kids, and of bears, like lambs of the flock. s 1 Sm 17, 35 . 4As a youth he slew the giant and wiped out the people’s disgrace, When his hand let fly the slingstone that crushed the pride of Goliath. t 1 Sm 17, 49 . 5Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right arm To defeat the skilled warrior and raise up the might of his people, 6Therefore the women sang his praises and ascribed to him tens of thousands. When he assumed the royal crown, he battled u 1 Sm 18, 7 . 7and subdued the enemy on every side. He destroyed the hostile Philistines and shattered their power till our own day. v 2 Sm 5, 6–25 . 8With his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung; 9He added beauty to the feasts and solemnized the seasons of each year With string music before the altar, providing sweet melody for the psalms w 1 Chr 16, 4ff; 23, 2ff; 25, 1–7 . 10So that when the Holy Name was praised, before daybreak the sanctuary would resound. 11The LORD forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever; He conferred on him the rights of royalty and established his throne in Israel. x 2 Sm 12, 13; 7, 12–16 .
12Because of his merits he had as his successor* a wise son, who lived in security: y 1 Kgs 2, 12 . 13 SOLOMON reigned during an era of peace, for God made tranquil all his borders. He built a house to the name of God, and established a lasting sanctuary. z 1 Kgs 5, 1. 5 . 14How wise you were when you were young, overflowing with instruction, like the Nile in flood! a 14–18: 1 Kgs 5, 9–14; 10, 14–28 . 15Your understanding covered the whole earth, and, like a sea, filled it with knowledge. 16Your fame reached distant coasts, and their peoples came to hear you; 17With song and story and riddle, and with your answers, you astounded the nations. 18You were called by that glorious name which was conferred upon Israel.* Gold you gathered like so much iron, you heaped up silver as though it were lead; 19But you abandoned yourself to women and gave them dominion over your body. b 1 Kgs 11, 1ff . 20You brought dishonor upon your reputation, shame upon your marriage, Wrath upon your descendants, and groaning upon your domain; 21Thus two governments came into being, when in Ephraim kingship was usurped. c 1 Kgs 12, 1ff . 22But God does not withdraw his mercy, nor permit even one of his promises to fail. He does not uproot the posterity of his chosen one, nor destroy the offspring of his friend. So he gave to Jacob a remnant, to David a root from his own family. d 2 Sm 7, 15; Ps 89, 34ff . 23Solomon finally slept with his fathers, and left behind him one of his sons, Expansive* in folly, limited in sense, REHOBOAM, who by his policy made the people rebel; Until one arose who should not be remembered, the sinner who led Israel into sin, e 1 Kgs 11, 43; 12, 13. 21; 13, 34; 2 Kgs 17, 6ff . Who brought ruin to Ephraim 24and caused them to be exiled from their land.
Elijah and Elisha
Their sinfulness grew more and more, 25and they lent themselves to every evil,*