1 Kings 3
Young's Literal Translation

Solomon's Rule Consolidated

(2 Chronicles 1:1-6; Psalm 45:1-17; Psalm 72:1-20)

1And Solomon joineth in marriage with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and taketh the daughter of Pharaoh, and bringeth her in unto the city of David, till he completeth to build his own house, and the house of Jehovah, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. 2Only, the people are sacrificing in high places, for there hath not been built a house for the name of Jehovah till those days.

3And Solomon loveth Jehovah, to walk in the statutes of David his father — only, in high places he is sacrificing and making perfume — 4and the king goeth to Gibeon, to sacrifice there, for it [is] the great high place; a thousand burnt-offerings cause to ascend doth Solomon on that altar. 5In Gibeon hath Jehovah appeared unto Solomon, in a dream of the night, and God saith, ‘Ask — what do I give to thee?’

Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom

(2 Chronicles 1:7-13)

6And Solomon saith, ‘Thou hast done with Thy servant David my father great kindness, as he walked before Thee in truth and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with Thee, and Thou dost keep for him this great kindness, and dost give to him a son sitting on his throne, as [at] this day. 7And now, O Jehovah my God, Thou hast caused thy servant to reign instead of David my father; and I [am] a little child, I do not know to go out and to come in; 8and Thy servant [is] in the midst of thy people, whom Thou hast chosen, a people numerous, that is not numbered nor counted for multitude, 9and Thou hast given to Thy servant an understanding heart, to judge Thy people, to discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this Thy great people?’

God Grants Wisdom, Riches, Honor

10And the thing is good in the eyes of the Lord, that Solomon hath asked this thing, 11and God saith unto him, ‘Because that thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thee many days, nor asked for thee riches, nor asked the life of thine enemies, and hast asked for thee discernment to understand judgment, 12lo, I have done according to thy words; lo, I have given to thee a heart, wise and understanding, that like thee there hath not been before thee, and after thee there doth not arise like thee; 13and also, that which thou hast not asked I have given to thee, both riches and honour, that there hath not been like thee a man among the kings all thy days; 14and if thou dost walk in My ways to keep My statutes, and My commands, as David thy father walked, then I have prolonged thy days.’

15And Solomon awaketh, and lo, a dream; and he cometh in to Jerusalem, and standeth before the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and causeth to ascend burnt-offerings, and maketh peace-offerings. And he maketh a banquet for all his servants,

Solomon Judges Wisely

16then come in do two women, harlots, unto the king, and stand before him, 17and the one woman saith, ‘O, my lord, I and this woman are dwelling in one house, and I bring forth with her, in the house; 18and it cometh to pass on the third day of my bringing forth, that this woman also bringeth forth, and we [are] together, there is no stranger with us in the house, save we two, in the house. 19And the son of this woman dieth at night, because she hath lain upon it, 20and she riseth in the middle of the night, and taketh my son from beside me — and thy handmaid is asleep — and layeth it in her bosom, and her dead son she hath laid in my bosom; 21and I rise in the morning to suckle my son, and lo, dead; and I consider concerning it in the morning, and lo, it was not my son whom I did bear.’ 22And the other woman saith, ‘Nay, but my son [is] the living, and thy son the dead;’ and this [one] saith, ‘Nay, but thy son [is] the dead, and my son the living.’ And they speak before the king.

23And the king saith, ‘This [one] saith, This [is] my son, the living, and thy son [is] the dead; and that [one] saith, Nay, but thy son [is] the dead, and my son the living.’ 24And the king saith, ‘Take for me a sword;’ and they bring the sword before the king, 25and the king saith, ‘Cut the living child into two, and give the half to the one, and the half to the other.’ 26And the woman whose son [is] the living one saith unto the king (for her bowels yearned over her son), yea, she saith, ‘O, my lord, give to her the living child, and put it not at all to death;’ and this [one] saith, ‘Let it be neither mine or thine — cut [it].’ 27And the king answereth and saith, ‘Give ye to her the living child, and put it not at all to death; she [is] its mother.’ 28And all Israel hear of the judgment that the king hath judged, and fear because of the king, for they have seen that the wisdom of God [is] in his heart, to do judgment.

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