1 Kings 3:16
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.

Berean Study Bible
At that time 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
One day two women came to King Solomon,

Good News Translation
One day two prostitutes came and presented themselves before King Solomon.

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.

New Heart English Bible
Then two women who were 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then there appeared two harlots before the king, and they 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,
Study Bible
Solomon Judges Wisely
16At that time two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17One woman said, “Please, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth while she was in the house.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:15
Then Solomon awoke, and indeed it had been a dream. So he returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he held a feast for all his servants.

1 Kings 3:17
One woman said, "Please, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth while she was in the house.

Treasury of Scripture

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

two women

Leviticus 19:29
Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

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

Joshua 2:1
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

Joshua 2:1
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

Judges 11:1
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah.

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Lexicon
At that time
אָ֣ז (’āz)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 227: At that time, place, therefore

two
שְׁתַּ֛יִם (šə·ta·yim)
Number - fd
Strong's Hebrew 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

prostitutes
זֹנ֖וֹת (zō·nō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2185: Harlots

came
תָּבֹ֗אנָה (tā·ḇō·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the king
הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

and stood
וַֽתַּעֲמֹ֖דְנָה (wat·ta·‘ă·mō·ḏə·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

before him.
לְפָנָֽיו׃ (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(16) Then came there.--The celebrated "judgment of Solomon," given here as a specimen of his wisdom, is simply an instance of intuitive sagacity, cutting the Gordian knot of hopeless difficulty by the appear to maternal instinct--an appeal which might, of course, fail, but which was, under the exceptional circumstances, the only appeal possible. It is in the knowledge how to risk failure rather than be reduced to impotence, and how to go straight to the heart of a difficulty when the slow, regular approaches of science are impossible, that we recognise what men call "a touch of genius," and what Scripture here calls the "wisdom of God."

Verse 16. - Then came there two women that were harlots [The Jewish writers here, as in the case of Rahab (Joshua 2:1), would understand "hostess," "innkeeper" (פונדקיתא, not פונדקן, as Bahr, which = , πανδοκεῖον, "inn"). In support of which it is alleged that prostitutes never have children, or if they have are not solicitous about them. The meaning "hostess," however (as if from זוּן, to feed), is not to be entertained for a moment, but we may readily admit that these children, though born out of wedlock, were not necessarily the offspring of professed harlots, though the fact that their mothers dwelt together and alone (ver. 17) is certainly suspicious; and see Gesen. s.v. זָנָה. Grotius, from Deuteronomy 23:17, concludes that they must have been foreigners. But it is equally probable that the law was constantly violated] unto the king [as supreme judge] and stood before him. 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.
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