1 Kings 3:8
New International Version
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.

New Living Translation
And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!

English Standard Version
And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.

Berean Study Bible
Your servant is here among the people You have chosen, a people too numerous to count or number.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Christian Standard Bible
Your servant is among your people you have chosen, a people too many to be numbered or counted.

Contemporary English Version
And now I must rule your chosen people, even though there are too many of them to count.

Good News Translation
Here I am among the people you have chosen to be your own, a people who are so many that they cannot be counted.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your servant is among Your people You have chosen, a people too numerous to be numbered or counted.

International Standard Version
Your servant lives in the midst of your people that you have chosen, a great people that is too numerous to be counted.

NET Bible
Your servant stands among your chosen people; they are a great nation that is too numerous to count or number.

New Heart English Bible
Your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that can't be numbered nor counted for multitude.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm among your people whom you have chosen. They are too numerous to count or record.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which Thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

New American Standard 1977
“And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which Thou hast chosen, a great people who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thy slave is in the midst of thy people whom thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

King James 2000 Bible
And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

American King James Version
And your servant is in the middle of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

American Standard Version
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But thy servant is in the midst of thy people, whom thou hast chosen, a great people, which cannot be numbered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thy servant is in the midst of the people which thou hast chosen, an immense people, which cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Darby Bible Translation
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

English Revised Version
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

World English Bible
Your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that can't be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Young's Literal Translation
and Thy servant is in the midst of thy people, whom Thou hast chosen, a people numerous, that is not numbered nor counted for multitude,
Study Bible
Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
7And now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in my father David’s place. But I am only a little child, not knowing how to exit or enter. 8Your servant is here among the people You have chosen, a people too numerous to count or number. 9Therefore give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to govern this great people of Yours?”…
Cross References
Genesis 15:5
And the LORD took him outside and said, "Now look to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able." Then He declared, "So shall your offspring be."

Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

Exodus 19:6
And unto Me you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you are to speak to the Israelites."

Deuteronomy 7:6
For you are a people holy unto the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be as a people for His prized possession, above all peoples on the face of the earth.

1 Kings 4:20
Judah and Israel became as numerous as the sand by the sea, eating and drinking and rejoicing.

Treasury of Scripture

And your servant is in the middle of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

thy people

Exodus 19:5,6
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: …

Deuteronomy 7:6-8
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth…

1 Samuel 12:22
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

cannot

Genesis 13:16
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Genesis 15:5
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Genesis 22:17
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;







Lexicon
Your servant
וְעַ֨בְדְּךָ֔ (wə·‘aḇ·də·ḵā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

is here among
בְּת֥וֹךְ (bə·ṯō·wḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre

the people
עַמְּךָ֖ (‘am·mə·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

You have chosen,
בָּחָ֑רְתָּ (bā·ḥā·rə·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 977: To try, select

a people
עַם־ (‘am-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

too numerous
מֵרֹֽב׃ (mê·rōḇ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

to count
יִמָּנֶ֛ה (yim·mā·neh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4487: To weigh out, to allot, constitute officially, to enumerate, enroll

or number.
יִסָּפֵ֖ר (yis·sā·p̄êr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate
Verse 8. - And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen [see Deuteronomy 7:6], a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. [The promises of Genesis 13:16; Genesis 15:5, lived in the thoughts and language of the Jews, and were doubtless the original of this expression. Cf. also Numbers 23:10.] 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.
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