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1 Kings 3 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Solomon’s Rule Consolidated

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

Now 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 finished building his own house and the house of the LORD, 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 the LORD until those days.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:3 -

Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he was sacrificing and burning incense on the high places.

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

Solomon’s Prayer

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

God’s Answer

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:10 -

Now [fn]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]a long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand 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 - “And 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 held a feast for all his servants.

Solomon Wisely Judges

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:16 -

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:17 - The one woman said, “Pardon me, my lord: [fn]this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child [fn]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 - “Then this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:20 - “So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your servant was asleep, and she laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:21 - “When I got up in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead! But when I examined him closely 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.” So 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 - And the king said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:26 - But the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for [fn]she was deeply stirred over her son, and she said, “Pardon me, my lord! Give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other woman was saying, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; cut him!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:27 - Then the king replied, “Give [fn]the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 3:28 - When all Israel heard about the judgment which the king had [fn]handed down, they feared the king, because they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to [fn]administer justice.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit made himself a son-in-law of Pharaoh
Or faithfulness
Lit kept
I.e., conduct daily business
Or a heart that listens
Lit heavy
Lit the thing was
Lit many days
Lit I and this woman
Lit with her in
Lit this one was saying
Lit this one
Lit this one
Lit her compassion grew hot
Lit her the living
Lit judged
Lit do

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