1 And Solʹo·mon the son of David continued to get strength in his kingship,+ and Jehovah his God was with him+ and kept making him surpassingly great.+ 2 And Solʹo·mon proceeded to say the word to all Israel, to the chiefs of the thousands+ and of the hundreds+ and to the judges+ and to all the chieftains of all Israel,+ the heads of the paternal houses.+ 3 Then Solʹo·mon and all the congregation* with him went to the high place that was at Gibʹe·on;+ for there was where the tent of meeting+ of the [true] God,* which Moses the servant+ of Jehovah had made in the wilderness, happened to be. 4 However, the ark+ of the [true] God David had brought up from Kirʹi·ath-jeʹa·rim+ to the place that David had prepared for it,+ for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.+ 5 And the copper altar+ that Bezʹal·el+ the son of Uʹri the son of Hur+ had made had been put* before the tabernacle of Jehovah; and Solʹo·mon and the congregation applied as usual to it. 6 Solʹo·mon now made offerings there before Jehovah upon the copper altar that belonged to the tent of meeting, and he proceeded to offer upon it a thousand burnt offerings.+ 7 During that night God appeared to Solʹo·mon and then said to him: “Ask! What shall I give you?”+ 8 At that Solʹo·mon said to God: “You are the One that exercised great loving-kindness* toward David my father+ and that have made me king in place of him.+ 9 Now, O Jehovah God, let your promise with David my father prove faithful,+ for you yourself have made me king+ over a people as numerous as the dust particles of the earth.+ 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge+ that I may go out before this people and that I may come in,+ for who could judge this great people of yours?”+ 11 Then God said to Solʹo·mon: “For the reason that this has proved to be close to your heart+ and you have not asked for wealth, riches and honor or for the soul* of those hating you, neither is it even many days that you have asked for,+ but you ask for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may judge my people over whom I have made you king,+ 12 the wisdom and the knowledge are being given you;+ also wealth and riches and honor I shall give you such as no kings that were prior to you happened to have,+ and such as no one after you will come to have.”+ 13 So Solʹo·mon came [from]* the high place that was at Gibʹe·on,+ from before the tent of meeting,+ to Jerusalem and continued to reign over Israel.+ 14 And Solʹo·mon kept gathering chariots and steeds* so that he came to have a thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand steeds,+ and he kept them stationed in chariot cities+ and close by the king at Jerusalem. 15 And the king came to make the silver and the gold in Jerusalem like the stones;+ and cedarwood he made like the sycamore trees+ that are in the She·pheʹlah*+ for great quantity. 16 And there was the export of the horses that Solʹo·mon had from Egypt,+ and the company of the king’s merchants would themselves take the horse drove for a price.+ 17 And they customarily brought up and exported from Egypt a chariot for six hundred silver pieces and a horse for a hundred and fifty; and that was the way it was for all the kings of the Hitʹtites and the kings of Syria.+ It was by means of them that they did the exporting.
^ “The congregation.” Heb., haq·qa·halʹ; Gr., ek·kle·siʹa.
^ “The [true] God.” Heb., ha·ʼElo·himʹ; Gr., The·ouʹ; Sy, “Jehovah.” See App 1F.
^ Lit., “he (one) had put,” M; many Heb. mss, “was there.”
^ Or, “loyal love.”
^ Or, “life.”
^ “From,” LXXVg.
^ Or, “horsemen.”
^ Or, “the lowland.”