1 Kings 3:9
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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?”

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?

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?

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?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Even Solomon, although he loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, i.e., according to 1 Kings 2:3, in the commandments of the Lord as they are written in the law of Moses, sacrificed and burnt incense upon high places. Before the building of the temple, more especially since the tabernacle had lost its significance as the central place of the gracious presence of God among His people, through the removal of the ark of the covenant, the worship of the high places was unavoidable; although even afterwards it still continued as a forbidden cultus, and could not be thoroughly exterminated even by the most righteous kings (1 Kings 22:24; 2 Kings 12:4; 2 Kings 14:4; 2 Kings 15:4, 2 Kings 15:35).

1 Kings 3:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Give therefore

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things...

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this your people...

Psalm 119:34,73,144 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe it with my whole heart...

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 rather to be chosen than silver!

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

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 they feared the king...

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 of fools is deceit.

Ecclesiastes 7:11,19 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun...

Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man...

John 5:30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will...

discern

2 Samuel 14:17 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God...

Isaiah 11:2-4 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might...

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them...

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 and without offense till the day of Christ.

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 that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt...

Exodus 4:10-13 And Moses said to the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since you have spoken to your servant...

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 after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear...

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the smell of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Cross References
Hebrews 5:14
But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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

2 Samuel 14:17
And your servant thought, 'The word of my lord the king will set me at rest,' for my lord the king is like the angel of God to discern good and evil. The LORD your God be with you!"

1 Kings 3:10
It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.

1 Kings 3:28
And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.

1 Kings 10:24
And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind.

1 Chronicles 22:12
Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God.

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