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1 Kings 3 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Solomon’s Marriage and Sacrifices

(2Ch 1:2–13 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:1 -

Then Solomon [fn]formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had completed building his own house and the house of Yahweh and the wall around Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:2 - The people were still sacrificing on the high places because there was no house built for the name of Yahweh until those days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:3 -

And Solomon loved Yahweh, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:4 - And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered one thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:5 - In Gibeon, Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what I should give to you.”

God Gives Wisdom to Solomon

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:6 - Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your slave David my father, according to how he walked before You in [fn]truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have kept for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:7 - “So now, O Yahweh my God, You have made Your slave king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:8 - “And Your slave is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a numerous people who are too many to be numbered or counted.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:9 - “So give Your slave a listening heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to [fn]judge this glorious people of Yours?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:10 -

[fn]And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:11 - And God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself [fn]long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to listen to justice,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:12 - behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:13 - “I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:14 - “Now if you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:15 -

Then 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 burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

Solomon Wisely Judges

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:16 -

Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:17 - And the one woman said, “Oh, my lord, [fn]this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:18 - “And it happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:19 - “And this woman’s son died in the night because she lay on him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:20 - “So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:21 - “When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:22 - Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But [fn]the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:23 -

Then the king said, “[fn]The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and [fn]the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:24 - And the king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:25 - Then the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:26 - Then the woman whose son was the living one spoke to the king, for [fn]she was deeply stirred with compassion over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:27 - Then the king said, “Give [fn]the first woman the living child, and by no means put him to death. She is his mother.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:28 - Then all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had [fn]handed down, and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.
LSB Footnotes
Lit made himself a son-in-law of Pharaoh
Or faithfulness
Or do justice for
Lit the thing
Lit many days
Lit I and this woman
Lit this one was saying
Lit this one
Lit this one
Lit her compassion grew warm
Lit her the living child
Lit judged

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