1 Kings 3:5
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New International Version
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."

New Living Translation
That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, "What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!"

English Standard Version
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.”

New American Standard Bible
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, "Ask what you wish me to give you."

King James Bible
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, "Ask. What should I give you?"

International Standard Version
The LORD appeared to Solomon one night in a dream and told him, "Ask me for whatever you want and I'll give it to you."

NET Bible
One night in Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream. God said, "Tell me what I should give you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. He said, "What can I give you?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, Ask what you wish that I shall give thee.

King James 2000 Bible
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give you.

American King James Version
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give you.

American Standard Version
In Gibeon Jehovah appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, saying : Ask what thou wilt that I should give thee.

Darby Bible Translation
In Gibeon Jehovah appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

English Revised Version
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

World English Bible
In Gibeon Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask what I shall give you."

Young's Literal Translation
In Gibeon hath Jehovah appeared unto Solomon, in a dream of the night, and God saith, 'Ask -- what do I give to thee?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:5-15 Solomon's dream was not a common one. While his bodily powers were locked up in sleep, the powers of his soul were strengthened; he was enabled to receive the Divine vision, and to make a suitable choice. God, in like manner, puts us in the ready way to be happy, by assuring us we shall have what we need, and pray for. Solomon's making such a choice when asleep, and the powers of reason least active, showed it came from the grace of God. Having a humble sense of his own wants and weakness, he pleads, Lord, I am but a little child. The more wise and considerate men are, the better acquainted they are with their own weakness, and the more jealous of themselves. Solomon begs of God to give him wisdom. We must pray for it, Jas 1:5, that it may help us in our particular calling, and the various occasions we have. Those are accepted of God, who prefer spiritual blessings to earthly good. It was a prevailing prayer, and prevailed for more than he asked. God gave him wisdom, such as no other prince was ever blessed with; and also gave him riches and honour. If we make sure of wisdom and grace, these will bring outward prosperity with them, or sweeten the want of it. The way to get spiritual blessings, is to wrestle with God in prayer for them. The way to get earthly blessings, is to refer ourselves to God concerning them. Solomon has wisdom given him, because he did ask it, and wealth, because he did not.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - In Glbeon the Lord appeared unto Solomon in a dream [cf. Numbers 12:6. A vision is not necessarily implied (as in Genesis 28:12; cf. 15:12), though he may have seen some angelic form (angelus in Dei nomine ei apparuit loquens. Grotius) - of course, only in his dream. Cf. Matthew 1:20; Matthew 2:12. Probably "appeared" is the equivalent of "revealed Himself." Bahr] by night; and God said, Ask what I shall give thee [cf. Matthew 7:7. This was the answer to the sacrifices. The night was probably that which followed the last day on which they were offered (ver. 15).]

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night,.... This was not a common natural dream, but an extraordinary, divine, and supernatural one, a prophetic dream, a night vision, such as God used to speak in to his prophets; in which he had the full use of his reasoning powers, was under divine impressions, and in a spiritual frame of mind, and in the exercise of grace; it was not a mere dream that the Lord did appear to him, but he really did appear to him while sleeping and dreaming, by some display of his glory in some way or another:

and God said, ask what I shall give thee; he did not hereby dream that God said to him, but he really did say this; bid him ask what he would and it should be given him; he knew what he designed to give, but he would have it asked of him, as he will be inquired of by all his people to do that for them which he has intended and provided for them; and it is encouragement enough for them to ask, since he has promised to give.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream—It was probably at the close of this season, when his mind had been elevated into a high state of religious fervor by the protracted services. Solomon felt an intense desire, and he had offered an earnest petition, for the gift of wisdom. In sleep his thoughts ran upon the subject of his prayer, and he dreamed that God appeared to him and gave him the option of every thing in the world—that he asked wisdom, and that God granted his request (1Ki 3:9-12). His dream was but an imaginary repetition of his former desire, but God's grant of it was real.

1 Kings 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Rule Consolidated
4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, "Ask what you wish me to give you."
Cross References
Matthew 1:20
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 2:13
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

John 15:7
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Numbers 12:6
he said, "Listen to my words: "When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.

1 Kings 9:2
the LORD appeared to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.

1 Kings 11:9
The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.

2 Chronicles 1:7
That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."
Treasury of Scripture

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give you.

the Lord

1 Kings 9:2 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared …

in a dream

Genesis 28:2,13 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father…

Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Job 33:14,15 For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not…

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD …

Matthew 2:13,19 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appears …

Ask what

2 Chronicles 1:7-12 In that night did God appear to Solomon, and said to him, Ask what …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Mark 10:36,38-51 And he said to them, What would you that I should do for you…

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, …

John 14:13,14 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

James 1:5,6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

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