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The Beginnings of Solomon’s Administration
1As David’s son Solomon consolidateda his administration,b the LORD his God was with him to make him very successful.c 2Solomon addressed the entire nation of Israel, including the commanders of thousands and hundreds, the judges, all the other leaders of Israel, and all of the heads of the ancestral houses of Israel.
3Solomon, along with the whole assembly with him, met at the high place in Gibeon because that’s where God’s Tent of Meeting that the LORD’s servant Moses had constructed in the wilderness was located. 4Nevertheless, David had brought the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place that David had prepared for it, after having erected a tent for it in Jerusalem. 5Also, the bronze altar that Uri’s son Bezalel, Hur’s grandson had erected, was in place in front of the LORD’s tent. Solomon and the assembly sought the LORDd there. 6Solomon approached the presence of the LORD at the bronze altar that had been placed at the Tent of Meeting and offered 1,000 burnt offerings on it.
Solomon Asks God for Wisdom
7That very night God appeared to Solomon and told him, “Ask what I am to give you.”
8Solomon replied to God, “You showed great gracious love to my father David, and have established me as king in his place. 9Now, LORD God, your promise to my father David is fulfilled, because you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10Give me wisdom now, so I may go in and out amonge this people, because who can rule this great people that belongs to you?
11God told Solomon, “Since you had this in mind,f to ask neither to focus on riches, wealth, honor, or the lives of those who hate you, nor have you requested a long life, but instead you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, so that you may rule my people over whom I have established you as king, 12wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. Furthermore, I will give you riches, wealth, and honor—such as none of the kings owned who lived before you and none after you are to ever attain their equal.”
13So Solomon returned from the Tent of Meeting at the high place in Gibeon to Jerusalem, where he reigned over Israel. 14Solomon amassed both chariots and horsemen: he owned 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, stationing them in armoriesg and with the king in Jerusalem. 15The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and made cedarh trees as plentiful as sycamorei trees that grow in the Shephelah.j 16Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue; the king’s procurement officials obtained them from Kue at greatk price. 17Chariots were imported from Egypt for 600 shekelsl each, and horses cost 150 shekelsm each, and then they exported them to all of the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Aram.
a 1:1 Or strengthened
b 1:1 Lit. kingdom
c 1:1 Lit. great
d 1:5 The Heb. lacks the LORD
e 1:10 Or out in front of
f 1:11 Lit. heart
g 1:14 Lit. in chariot cities
h 1:15 i.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae; and so throughout the book
i 1:15 The sycamore fruit tree native to Israel bears figs
j 1:15 i.e. the verdant central lowlands of Israel; cf. Josh 10:40
k 1:16 The Heb. lacks great
l 1:17 The Heb. lacks shekels
m 1:17 The Heb. lacks shekels