“Batsheva bowed low in homage to the king with her face to the ground, and she said, “May my lord King David live forever!” (1 KINGS 1:31)
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.