Solomon Requests Wisdom
(1 Kin. 3:1–15)
1Now Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him exceedingly.
2And Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ houses.
3Then Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to 1:3 Place for worshipthe high place that was at Gibeon; for the tabernacle of meeting with God was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness.
4But David had brought up the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim to the place David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
5Now the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, 1:5 Some authorities it was therehe put before the tabernacle of the Lord; Solomon and the assembly sought Him there.
6And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
8And Solomon said to God: “You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place.
9Now, O Lord God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
10Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?”
11Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—
12wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”
Solomon’s Military and Economic Power
(1 Kin. 10:26–29; 2 Chr. 9:25–28)
13So Solomon came to Jerusalem from 1:13 Place for worshipthe high place that was at Gibeon, from before the tabernacle of meeting, and reigned over Israel.
14And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.
15Also the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
16And Solomon had horses imported from Egypt and Keveh; the king’s merchants bought them in Keveh at the current price.
17They also acquired and imported from Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred and fifty; thus, 1:17 Lit. by their handsthrough their agents, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.