1 Kings 3:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.

New Living Translation
Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled.

English Standard Version
Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.

New American Standard Bible
Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him.

King James Bible
Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then two women who were prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.

International Standard Version
Right about then, two prostitutes approached the king and requested an audience with him.

NET Bible
Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A short time later two prostitutes came to the king and stood in front of him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

New American Standard 1977
Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In that season two women, that were harlots, came unto the king and stood before him.

King James 2000 Bible
Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

American King James Version
Then came there two women, that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him.

American Standard Version
Then there came two women that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then there came two women that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him:

Darby Bible Translation
Then came two women, harlots, to the king, and stood before him.

English Revised Version
Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then came there two women, that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him.

World English Bible
Then two women who were prostitutes came to the king, and stood before him.

Young's Literal Translation
then come in do two women, harlots, unto the king, and stand before him,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:16-28 An instance of Solomon's wisdom is given. Notice the difficulty of the case. To find out the true mother, he could not try which the child loved best, and therefore tried which loved the child best: the mother's sincerity will be tried, when the child is in danger. Let parents show their love to their children, especially by taking care of their souls, and snatching them as brands out of the burning. By this and other instances of the wisdom with which God endued him, Solomon had great reputation among his people. This was better to him than weapons of war; for this he was both feared and loved.
Study Bible
Solomon Judges Wisely
15Then 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. 16Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. 17The one woman said, "Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.…
Cross References
1 Kings 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.

1 Kings 3:17
The one woman said, "Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.
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Then came there two women, that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him.

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Leviticus 19:29 Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest …

Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite …

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, …

harlots The word {zanoth}, rendered {harlots}, is here translated by the Targumist, the best judge in this case, {pundekon}, `tavern-keepers:' See on

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, …

Judges 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, and he was …

Had these women been harlots, it is not likely that they would have dared to appear before Solomon; nor it likely that such persons would have been permitted in the reign of David. Their {husbands} might at this time have been following the necessary occupations in distant parts.

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