1 Kings 2:2

2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man,

1 Kings 2:2 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 "I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man,
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 “I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man.
The Message Bible (MSG)
2 "I'm about to go the way of all the earth, but you - be strong; show what you're made of!
American Standard Version (ASV)
2 I am going the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
2 "I'm about to leave this world. Be strong and mature.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
2 "As for me, I am going the way of all of the earth. Be strong and brave,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
2 "I'm about to die, just as everyone else on earth does. So be strong. Show how brave you are.

1 Kings 2:2 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 2:2

I go the way of all the earth
A path which is the path of death F15, which all pass in, kings and peasants, high and low, rich and poor, great and small, good and bad; none are exempted, all must die, and do; it is the appointment of God, a decree which can never be reversed; all experience confirms it: this same phrase is used by Joshua, from whom David seems to have borrowed it, and shows that that book was written in his days, ( Joshua 23:14 ) ;

be thou strong therefore;
not discouraged at my death, being a common thing, and to be expected; nor at being left alone, the Lord can give thee wisdom and counsel, assistance and strength, protection, and defence; take heart therefore, and be of good courage:

and show thyself a man;
in wisdom and understanding, and in fortitude of mind, though so young a man; which were necessary for the government of so great a people, and to guard against the secret intrigues of some, and the open flatteries of others, and the fear of attempts against his person and government, and the temptations he might be liable to, to do wrong things; and especially they were necessary to enable him to keep the commands of God, as follows; which required great strength of mind and of grace, considering the corruptions of nature, the temptations of Satan, and the snares of men; see ( Joshua 1:7 ) .


F15 "------ omnes una manet nox, Et calcanda semel via lethi". Horat. Carmin. l. 1. ode 28. ver. 15, 16.

1 Kings 2:2 In-Context

1 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man,
3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go
4 and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
5 “Now you yourself know what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me—what he did to the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He killed them, shedding their blood in peacetime as if in battle, and with that blood he stained the belt around his waist and the sandals on his feet.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Joshua 23:14
  • 2. Deuteronomy 31:7,23; S Joshua 1:6
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