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1 Kings 3

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 1 Now Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, married Pharaoh's daughter ,and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house, the house of the LORD, and the wall of around Jerusalem.

 2 But the people still sacrificed on high places because there was no temple yet built for the name of the LORD.

 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father, except that he sacrificed and burnt incense at the high places.

 4 Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there [the Tabernacle and the bronze altar were there], for that was the great high place. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings upon that altar.

 5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. And God said, "Ask what you want me to give you."

 6 And Solomon said, "You have shown your servant David my father great mercy, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart; and you have kept this great kindness for him in that you have given him a son to sit on his throne this day.

 7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father, and I am like a little child, for I do not know how to go out or come in.

 8 Your servant is here among your people whom you have chosen, a great people who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.

 9 Therefore give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this your great people?"

 10 And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.

 11 So God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is just,

 12 Behold, I have done according to your words. I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.

 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there shall not be any among the kings like you all your days.

 14 And if you will walk in my ways, and keep my statutes and my commands, as your father David did, then I will lengthen your days."

 15 Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

 16 Now two women who had become mothers out of wedlock came and stood before the king.

 17 And one woman said, "O my lord, this woman and I dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.

 18 And the third day after I was delivered, this woman was delivered also. We were together; and there was no stranger with us in the house, just us two.

 19 Then this woman's child died in the night because she lay on it.

 20 And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me while I slept, laid him in her bosom, and then laid her dead child in my bosom.

 21 And when I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I had considered him in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I had borne."

 22 But the other woman said, "No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son." And first woman said, "No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son." Thus they spoke before the king.

 23 Then said the king, "The one says, 'This is my son who lives and your son is the dead one.' And the other says, 'No! But your son is the dead one and my son is the living one.'"

 24 And the king said, "Bring me a sword." And they brought a sword before the king.

 25 And the king said, "Divide the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other."

 26 Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned over her son, and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him." But the other said, "Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him."

 27 Then the king said, "Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means kill him; she is his mother."

 28 When all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had made, they held the king in awe and fear, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.


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