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2 Chronicles 1

Solomon Worships at Gibeon

1Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.

Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every leader in all Israel, the heads of the fathers’ (ancestors’) households. Then Solomon and all the assembly went to the high place at Gibeon [to offer sacrifices, where the Canaanites had habitually worshiped], for God’s Tent of Meeting was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness. But David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem. Now the bronze altar, which Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was there before the tabernacle of the Lord, and Solomon and the assembly sought it out. And Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord at the Tent of Meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give to you.”

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

Then Solomon said to God, “You have shown great lovingkindness and mercy to my father David, and have made me king in his place. Now, O Lord God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, so that I may go out and come in [performing my duties] before this people, for [otherwise] who can rule and administer justice to this great people of Yours?” 11 God replied to Solomon, “Because this was in your heart and you did not ask for riches, possessions or honor and personal glory, or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life, but you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself so that you may rule and administer justice to My people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge have been granted you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor will those who will come after you.” 13 So Solomon went from the high place at Gibeon, from the Tent of Meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel.

Solomon’s Wealth

14 Solomon acquired chariots and horsemen; he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the cities [suited for the use] of chariots and with the king at Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful and common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as plentiful as the [a]sycamore-fig trees in the lowland. 16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from [b]Kue. The king’s merchants purchased them [in large numbers] from Kue [c]at a price. 17 And they imported chariots from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver apiece, and horses for 150 apiece; and in the same way they exported horses to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Arameans (Syrians).

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Chronicles 1:15 This tree, ficus sycomorus, is native to Egypt and Asia Minor and produces an edible fruit similar but inferior to the common fig.
  2. 2 Chronicles 1:16 This was an area which, in NT times, was called Cilicia, the home province of the apostle Paul.
  3. 2 Chronicles 1:16 Solomon’s actions were in violation of the commandments given through Moses in Deut 17:16, 17 (see also 1 Kin 4:26; 10:26; 11:1-4).

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歴代誌Ⅱ 1

知恵を求めたソロモン

1主なる神が、ダビデの子ソロモンを偉大な王としたので、彼は押しも押されもしないイスラエルの支配者となりました。

2-3 ソロモン王はギブオンの丘に、イスラエルの政界・宗教界の指導者だけでなく、軍の将校や裁判官たちをも召集しました。その丘の上には、主のしもべモーセが荒野を旅している時に造った幕屋(神の天幕)があったのです。 エルサレムには、ダビデ王が契約の箱をキルヤテ・エアリムから移した時に建てた新しい幕屋がありました。 5-6 フルの子ウリの子ベツァルエルが造った青銅の祭壇が、古い幕屋の前に置かれていました。王をはじめ一同は、その祭壇の前に集まりました。王は祭壇に、一千頭の焼き尽くすいけにえをささげました。

その夜、神が夢の中でソロモンに現れ、「何でも欲しいものを求めてよい。どんな願いでもかなえよう」と語りました。 彼は答えました。「神様、あなたは父ダビデに多くの恵みを施されました。そして今、あなたは私に王国を授けてくださいました。 これ以上、求めるものはありません。あなたが父ダビデへの約束を果たし、この私を、海辺の砂のように多い民の王としてくださったのですから。 10 どうか、この民を治めるのに必要な知恵と知識を私にお授けください。あなたのものである、この偉大な民を自分の力で治めることのできる者がどこにおりましょう。」

11 神はソロモンに言いました。「何よりも民の力になりたいと願っていることがよくわかった。あなたは自分のために財産や名誉、敵への復讐、さらには長寿さえ求めず、わたしの民を正しく導くための知恵と知識を求めた。 12 願いどおり、確かにその知恵と知識を与えよう。また、あなたの前にいたどの王も手にしたことのない財産と名誉をも与えよう。全世界で、あなたほど偉大な王は二度と現れないだろう。」

13 これを聞いたソロモンは幕屋を離れて丘を下り、エルサレムに帰ってイスラエルを治めました。

14 王は戦車一千四百台の大部隊を編成し、戦車を配備した町々を守る騎兵一万二千人を集めました。もちろん、騎兵の一部はエルサレムの王の身辺に配置されました。 15 ソロモン王の時代には、エルサレムで金や銀が路上の石のようにふんだんに使われ、高価な杉材がどこにでもある桑の木のように大量に用いられました。 16 王は馬の仲買人をエジプトへ送り、大量の馬を卸値で購入しました。 17 当時、エジプトでは戦車一台で銀六百シェケル(六・九キログラム)、馬一頭で銀百五十シェケル(一・七キログラム)でした。輸入した戦車や馬の多くは、ヘテ人やシリヤの王に売られました。