va-ti-KOD bat SHE-va a-PA-yim E-retz va-tish-TA-khu la-ME-lekh va-TO-mer y’-KHEE a-do-NEE ha-ME-lekh da-VID l’-o-LAM
לא וַתִּקֹּד בַּת־שֶׁבַע אַפַּיִם אֶרֶץ וַתִּשְׁתַּחוּ לַמֶּלֶךְ וַתֹּאמֶר יְחִי אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִד לְעֹלָם׃
1:31 May my lord King David live forever
While on his sickbed, King David promises Batsheva that their son Shlomo will follow him to the throne. Batsheva then bows and says “May my lord King David live forever.” As all people must one day die, her words are somewhat puzzling. However, her statement must be understood on a deeper level. King David represents the eternal monarchy over the Nation of Israel in the Land of Israel. By praying for him to “live forever” Batsheva is actually praying for the eternity of the people, the land and the sovereign monarchy of Israel. Her prayers are answered with the anointing of King Shlomo, who solidifies the kingdom and helps it attain the heights of holiness with the building of the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim.