1 Kings 3:16
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English Standard Version
Then two prostitutes 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.

American Standard Version
Then there came two women that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then there came two women that were 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.

1 Kings 3:16 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This prayer pleased God well. "Because thou hast asked this, and hast not asked for thyself long life, nor riches, nor the life (i.e., the destruction) of thy foes," all of them good things, which the world seeks to obtain as the greatest prize, "but intelligence to hear judgment (i.e., to foster it, inasmuch as the administration of justice rests upon a conscientious hearing of the parties), behold I have done according to thy word" (i.e., fulfilled thy request: the perfect is used, inasmuch as the hearkening has already begun; for הנּה in this connection compare Ewald, 307, e.), "and given thee a wise and understanding heart." The words which follow, "so that there has been none like thee before thee," etc., are not to be restricted to the kings of Israel, as Clericus supposes, but are to be understood quite universally as applying to all mankind (cf. 1 Kings 5:9-11).

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two women

Leviticus 19:29 Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to prostitution...

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...

harlots The word {zanoth}, rendered {harlots}, is here translated by the Targumist, the best judge in this case, {pundekon}, `tavern-keepers:' See on

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...

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

Had these women been harlots, it is not likely that they would have dared to appear before Solomon; nor it likely that such persons would have been permitted in the reign of David. Their {husbands} might at this time have been following the necessary occupations in distant parts.

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Cross References
1 Kings 3:15
And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

1 Kings 3:17
The one woman said, "Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.

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