First Kings 3


3:1 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
 took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of
 David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and
 the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem on every side.
3:2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was
 no house built to the name of the LORD, until those days.
3:3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David
 his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high
 places.
3:4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that
 [was] the great high place: a thousand burnt-offerings did
 Solomon offer upon that altar.
3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:
 and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
3:6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shown to thy servant David my
 father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in
 truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
 thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou
 hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as [it is] this day.
3:7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king
 instead of David my father: and I [am but] a little child: I
 know not how to go out or come in.
3:8 And thy servant [is] in the midst of thy people which thou
 hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor
 counted for multitude.
3:9 Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart to
 judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for
 who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
3:10 And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked
 this thing.
3:11 And God said to him, Because thou hast asked this thing,
 and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked
 riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thy enemies: but
 hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have
 given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there
 hath been none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall
 any arise like to thee.
3:13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked,
 both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among
 the kings like to thee all thy days,
3:14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and
 my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will
 lengthen thy days.
3:15 And Solomon awoke; and behold, [it was] a dream. And he
 came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of
 the LORD, and offered up burnt-offerings, and offered
 peace-offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
3:16 Then came there two women, [that were] harlots, to the
 king, and stood before him.
3:17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell
 in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the
 house.
3:18 And it came to pass the third day after I was delivered,
 that this woman was delivered also: and we [were] together;
 [there was] no stranger with us in the house, save us two in
 the house.
3:19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she
 overlaid it.
3:20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me,
 while thy handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid
 her dead child in my bosom.
3:21 And when I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold,
 it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning,
 behold, it was not my son, which I bore.
3:22 And the other woman said, No; but the living [is] my son,
 and the dead [is] thy son. And this said, No; but the dead [is]
 thy son, and the living [is] my son. Thus they spoke before the
 king.
3:23 Then said the king, The one saith, This [is] my son that
 liveth, and thy son [is] the dead; and the other saith, No; but
 thy son [is] the dead, and my son [is] the living.
3:24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a
 sword before the king.
3:25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give
 half to the one, and half to the other.
3:26 Then spoke the woman whose the living child [was] to the
 king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my
 lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But
 the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, [but] divide
 [it].
3:27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child,
 and in no wise slay it: she [is] the mother of it.
3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had
 judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom
 of God [was] in him, to do judgment.
 
 

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