1 Kings 3


Solomon Seeks Understanding in Judgment

And the kingdom solidified in the hand of Solomon. And Solomon contracted a marriage with Pharaoh king of Egypt. And he took the daughter of Pharaoh, and he brought her into the city of David, until he completed building his house, and the house of the  lord at first, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. Except the people were burning incense upon the high places, for [2was not 3built 1a house] to the name of the  lord until now. And Solomon loved the  lord, to go in the orders of David his father; only [4in 5the 6high places 1he sacrificed 2and 3burned incense]. And he rose up and went into Gibeon to sacrifice there, for it was highest and great. [2a thousand 3whole burnt-offerings 1Solomon offered] upon the altar in Gibeon. And the  lord appeared to Solomon in sleep at night. And the  lord said to Solomon, Ask any request for yourself! And Solomon said, You did [3with 4your servant 5David 6my father 2mercy 1great], as he went before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in straightness of heart with you. And you guarded him [3mercy 2great 1by this], to grant to him a son sitting upon his throne as this day. And now, O  lord, my God, you gave reign to your servant in place of David my father. And I am [2boy 1a small]; and I do not know my entering and my exiting. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you chose, [2people 1a populous] who cannot be counted. And you shall give to your servant a heart to hear and to litigate your people in righteousness, to perceive between good and bad. For who shall be able to judge [2for your people 1this weighty thing]? 10 And [3was pleasing 1the 2word] before the  lord, that Solomon asked this thing. 11 And the  lord said to him, Because you asked this thing from me, and you did not ask [3for yourself 2days 1many], and you did not ask for riches, nor asked for the lives of your enemies; but you asked for yourself understanding to hear judgment; 12 behold, I have done according to your word; behold, I give to you [4heart 1an intelligent 2and 3wise]. [2as 3you 1There has not been one] before you, and after you there shall not rise up one likened to you. 13 And indeed what you have not asked, I have given to you, even riches and glory, as there is not a man likened to you among the kings. 14 And if you should have gone in my way, to guard my commandments, and my orders, as [3went 1David 2your father], then I will prolong your days. 15 And Solomon woke up and knew the dream. And he rose up and came unto Jerusalem, and he stood in front of the altar, of the one in front of the ark of the covenant of the  lord, and he led up whole burnt-offerings, and made peace offerings, and made a banquet to all his servants.

The Justice of Solomon

16 Then there appeared two women harlots unto the king, and they stood before him. 17 And [4said 1the 3woman 2one], Hear me, O my master. I and this woman live in [2house 1one], and we gave birth in the house. 18 And it came to pass in the [2day 1third] of my giving birth, [3gave birth 2also 1this woman]. And we were in the same place, and there was no one with us, only both of us in the house. 19 And [4died 1the 2son 3of this woman] in the night, as she rested upon it. 20 And she rose up in the middle of the night, and she took my son from my embrace, and your maidservant rested, and she rested it in her bosom, and the son having died she rested in my bosom. 21 And I rose up in the morning to nurse my son, and that one was the one having died. And behold, I contemplated him in the morning; and behold, he was not my son whom I gave birth. 22 And [4said 3woman 1the 2other], Not so, for my son is the one living, and your son is the one having died. And she said, Not so, your son is the one having died, and my son is the one living. And they spoke before the king. 23 And [3said 1the 2king] to them, You here say, This my son is the one living, and this one's son is the one having died. And you there say, Not so, but my son is the one living, and this one's son is the one having died. 24 And [3said 1the 2king], Take for me a sword! And they brought the sword before the king. 25 And [3said 1the 2king], Divide [3child 1the 2living] into two, and give the one half of him to this one, and the other half of him to this other one! 26 And [3answered 1the 2woman] of whom was the mother of the [2son 1living], and she said to the king, for [3was disturbed 2womb 1her] over her son, and she said, Hear me, O master. give to her the child, and to death let [2not 3be put to death 1it]! And she the other said, Neither to me nor to her let it be, divide it! 27 And [3responded 1the 2king] and said, Give the [2child 1living] to the one having said, Give it to her! and unto death you should not put it to death -- she is his mother. 28 And [3heard 1all 2Israel] this ordinance which [3passed judgment 1the 2king], and they feared from the presence of the king, for they knew that intellect of God was in him to do justice.
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