1 Kings 3:9
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New International Version
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

New Living Translation
Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?"

English Standard Version
Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

New American Standard Bible
"So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"

King James Bible
Give 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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So give Your servant an obedient heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"

International Standard Version
So give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, so I can discern between good and evil. Otherwise, how will I be able to govern this great people of yours?"

NET Bible
So give your servant a discerning mind so he can make judicial decisions for your people and distinguish right from wrong. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours."

New Heart English Bible
Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this your great people?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give me a heart that listens so that I can judge your people and tell the difference between good and evil. After all, who can judge this great people of yours?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give Thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this Thy great people?'

New American Standard 1977
“So give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Thine?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give, therefore, thy slave a hearing heart to judge thy people that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this thy so great a people?

King James 2000 Bible
Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people?

American King James Version
Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people?

American Standard Version
Give thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this thy great people?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, and discern between good and evil. For who shall be able to judge this people, thy people which is so numerous?

Darby Bible Translation
Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, to discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this thy numerous people?

English Revised Version
Give thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this thy great people?

Webster's Bible Translation
Give therefore to 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?

World English Bible
Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this your great people?"

Young's Literal Translation
and Thou hast given to Thy servant an understanding heart, to judge Thy people, to discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this Thy great people?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
8"Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 9"So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" 10It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.…
Cross References
Hebrews 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained their sensibilities to distinguish good from evil.

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

2 Samuel 14:17
"Then your maidservant said, 'Please let the word of my lord the king be comforting, for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.'"

1 Kings 3:10
It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.

1 Kings 3:28
When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.

1 Kings 10:24
All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.

1 Chronicles 22:12
"Only the LORD give you discretion and understanding, and give you charge over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.

2 Chronicles 1:10
"Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?"

Psalm 72:1
A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son.

Psalm 72:2
May he judge Your people with righteousness And Your afflicted with justice.
Treasury of Scripture

Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people?

Give therefore

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge …

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, …

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before …

Psalm 119:34,73,144 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe …

Proverbs 2:3-9 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding…

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

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

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

understanding [heb] hearing

Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

to judge

1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and …

Psalm 72:1,2 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly …

Ecclesiastes 7:11,19 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to …

Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered …

John 5:30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment …

discern

2 Samuel 14:17 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be …

Isaiah 11:2-4 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: …

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere …

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age…

who is able

Exodus 3:11,12 And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and …

Exodus 4:10-13 And Moses said to the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither …

Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Matthew 3:11,14 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes …

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the …

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of …

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