King Solomon Prays for Wisdom
(1 Kgs 3.1–15)
1Solomon, the son of King David, took firm control of the kingdom of Israel, and the Lord his God blessed him and made him very powerful.
2King Solomon gave an order to all the officers in charge of units of a thousand men and of a hundred men, all the government officials, all the heads of families, and all the rest of the people, 3commanding them to go with him to the place of worship at Gibeon. They went there because that was where the Tent of the Lord's presence was located, which Moses, the Lord's servant, had made in the wilderness. 4#2 Sam 6.1–171 Chr 13.5–1415.25—16.1(The Covenant Box, however, was in Jerusalem, kept in a tent which King David had set up when he brought the Box from Kiriath Jearim.) 5#Ex 38.1–7The bronze altar which had been made by Bezalel, the son of Uri and grandson of Hur, was also in Gibeon in front of the Tent of the Lord's presence. King Solomon and all the people worshipped the Lord there. 6In front of the Tent the king worshipped the Lord by offering sacrifices on the bronze altar; he had a thousand animals killed and burnt whole on it.
7That night God appeared to Solomon and asked, “What would you like me to give you?”
8Solomon answered, “You always showed great love for my father David, and now you have let me succeed him as king. 9#Gen 13.16Gen 28.14O Lord God, fulfil the promise you made to my father. You have made me king over a people who are so many that they cannot be counted, 10so give me the wisdom and knowledge I need to rule over them. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?”
11God replied to Solomon, “You have made the right choice. Instead of asking for wealth or treasure or fame or the death of your enemies or even for long life for yourself, you have asked for wisdom and knowledge so that you can rule my people, over whom I have made you king. 12I will give you wisdom and knowledge. And in addition, I will give you more wealth, treasure, and fame than any king has ever had before or will ever have again.”
King Solomon's Power and Wealth
(1 Kgs 10.26–29)
13So Solomon left#1.13 Some ancient translations left; Hebrew came to. the place of worship at Gibeon, where the Tent of the Lord's presence was, and returned to Jerusalem. There he ruled over Israel. 14#1 Kgs 4.26He built up a force of 1,400 chariots and 12,000 cavalry horses. Some of them he kept in Jerusalem, and the rest he stationed in various other cities. 15During his reign silver and gold became as common in Jerusalem as stone, and cedar was as plentiful as ordinary sycomore. 16#Deut 17.16The king's agents controlled the export of horses from Musri#1.16 Probable text Musri; Hebrew Egypt. and Cilicia,#1.16 Musri and Cilicia: Two ancient countries in what is now south-east Turkey which were centres of horse breeding in Solomon's time. 17and the export of chariots from Egypt. They supplied the Hittite and Syrian kings with horses and chariots, selling chariots for 600 pieces of silver each and horses for 150 each.#1.17 Verses 16–17 in Hebrew are unclear.