1 Kings 1:16
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New International Version
Bathsheba bowed down, prostrating herself before the king. "What is it you want?" the king asked.

King James Bible
And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?

Darby Bible Translation
And Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?

World English Bible
Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance to the king. The king said, "What would you like?"

Young's Literal Translation
and Bath-Sheba boweth and doth obeisance to the king, and the king saith, 'What -- to thee?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Go and get thee in unto King David - He knew that this woman had a sovereign influence over the king. If Bath-sheba was a source of pleasure to David, must she not also have been a source of pain to him? For could he ever forget the guilty manner in which he acquired her?

Didst not thou - swear - It is very likely that David made such an oath, and that was known only to Bath-sheba and Nathan. It is nowhere else mentioned.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


1 Kings 1:23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Nathan the prophet. And when he was come in before the king...

1 Samuel 20:41 And as soon as the lad was gone, David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground...

1 Samuel 24:8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him...

1 Samuel 25:23 And when Abigail saw David, she hurried, and lighted off the donkey, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,

And the

1 Kings 2:20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of you; I pray you, say me not no. And the king said to her, Ask on, my mother...

Exodus 7:2 You shall speak all that I command you: and Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh...

Matthew 20:21,32 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on your right hand...

What wouldest thou? [heb] What to thee?

David Appointing Solomon
'Then king David answered and said, Call me Bath-sheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king. 29. And the king sware, and said, As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress, 30. Even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Israel, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day. 31. Then Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Whether Prayer Should be Vocal?
Objection 1: It would seem that prayer ought not to be vocal. As stated above [3025](A[4]), prayer is addressed chiefly to God. Now God knows the language of the heart. Therefore it is useless to employ vocal prayer. Objection 2: Further, prayer should lift man's mind to God, as stated above (A[1], ad 2). But words, like other sensible objects, prevent man from ascending to God by contemplation. Therefore we should not use words in our prayers. Objection 3: Further, prayer should be offered to God
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
1 Kings 1:15
So Bathsheba went to see the aged king in his room, where Abishag the Shunammite was attending him.

1 Kings 1:17
She said to him, "My lord, you yourself swore to me your servant by the LORD your God: 'Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne.'

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