1 Kings 3
Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until
he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
2Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto
the name of the LORD, until those days.
Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.
4And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice
there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
5In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask
what I shall give thee.
6And Solomon said,
Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness,
and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit
on his throne, as it is this day.
O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to
go out or come in.
8And thy servant is in
the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
9Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I
may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
10And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.
11And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked
for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for
thyself understanding to discern judgment;
I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee
before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings
like unto thee all thy days.
14And if thou
wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.
15And 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 up burnt offerings, and
offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
17And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a
child with her in the house.
18And it came
to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger
with us in the house, save we two in the house.
this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her
dead child in my bosom.
21And when I rose
in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not
my son, which I did bear.
22And the other
woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living
is my son. Thus they spake before the king.
said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is
the dead, and my son is the living.
the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26Then spake the woman whose the living child
was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise
slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
27Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother
28And all Israel heard of the judgment
which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.