New International Reader's Version

2 Chronicles 1:1-17

Solomon Asks God for Wisdom

1Solomon was the son of David. Solomon made his position secure over his kingdom. The Lord his God was with him. He made Solomon very great.

2Solomon spoke to the whole community of Israel. He spoke to the commanders of thousands of men and commanders of hundreds. He spoke to the judges and all the leaders in Israel. He spoke to the leaders of Israel’s families. 3Solomon and the whole community went to the high place at Gibeon. That’s because God’s tent of meeting was there. The Lord’s servant Moses had made the tent in the desert. 4David had carried up the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim. He had it brought to the place he had prepared for it. He had set up a tent for it in Jerusalem. 5But the bronze altar that Bezalel had made was in Gibeon. Bezalel was the son of Uri. Uri was the son of Hur. The altar was in front of the Lord’s holy tent. So Solomon and the whole community asked the Lord for advice in Gibeon. 6Solomon went up to the bronze altar in front of the Lord at the tent of meeting. Solomon sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on the altar.

7That night God appeared to Solomon. He said to him, “Ask for anything you want me to give you.”

8Solomon answered God, “You were very kind to my father David. Now you have made me king in his place. 9Lord God, let the promise you gave to my father David come true. You have made me king. My people are as many as the dust of the earth. They can’t be counted. 10Give me wisdom and knowledge. Then I’ll be able to lead these people. Without your help, who would be able to rule this great nation of yours?”

11God said to Solomon, “I am glad that those are the things you really want. You have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor. You have not even asked to have your enemies killed. You have not asked to live for a long time. Instead, you have asked for wisdom and knowledge. You want to be able to rule my people wisely. I have made you king over them. 12So wisdom and knowledge will be given to you. I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor. You will have more than any king before you ever had. And no king after you will have as much.”

13Then Solomon left the high place at Gibeon. He went from the tent of meeting there to Jerusalem. And he ruled over Israel.

14Solomon had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He kept some of them in the chariot cities. He kept others with him in Jerusalem. 15The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones. He made cedar wood as common there as sycamore-fig trees in the western hills. 16Solomon got horses from Egypt and Kue. The king’s buyers purchased them from Kue at the current price. 17They could get a chariot from Egypt for 15 pounds of silver. They could get a horse for less than four pounds of silver. They sold horses and chariots to all the Hittite and Aramean kings.

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2. Krønikebog 1:1-18

Salomon beder Gud om visdom

1.Kong. 3,4-15

1Salomon, kong Davids søn, styrkede sit greb om magten i Israel, for Herren, hans Gud, hjalp ham og gjorde ham til en mægtig konge. 2Han sammenkaldte alle officererne i hæren, dommerne, stammelederne og slægtsoverhovederne, 3og gik i spidsen for dem til offerhøjen i Gibeon, for dér stod åbenbaringsteltet, som Herrens tjener Moses havde ladet fremstille i ørkenen. 4Pagtens ark stod dog i Jerusalem i det telt, som kong David havde rejst, dengang han hentede arken fra Kirjat-Jearim. 5Men det bronzealter, som Betzalel, søn af Uri, som var søn af Hur, havde lavet, stod stadig foran det gamle åbenbaringstelt. Derfor tog Salomon og Israels ledere derhen for at søge Herren og bringe ofre til ham. 6Salomon ofrede tusind brændofre på alteret.

7Samme nat viste Gud sig for Salomon i en drøm og sagde: „Bed om, hvad du vil, og jeg vil give det til dig!”

8Salomon svarede: „Du har været umådelig god imod min far, David, og nu har du gjort mig til hans efterfølger. 9Jeg beder om din hjælp, så dit løfte til min far kan gå i opfyldelse, for du har gjort mig til konge over et folk så talrigt som jordens støv. 10Giv mig da den visdom og indsigt, der skal til for at regere dem på den rette måde, for hvem kan i egen kraft regere over dit mægtige folk?”

11Gud svarede: „Fordi dit største ønske er at hjælpe dit folk, og fordi du ikke bad om personlig rigdom og ære eller død over dine fjender eller et langt liv, men du bad om visdom og indsigt til at regere mit folk, som jeg gjorde dig til konge over, 12så vil jeg give dig den visdom og indsigt du bad om. Men jeg giver dig mere end det! Jeg giver dig også større rigdom og ære, end nogen konge har haft før dig, eller nogen konge siden skal få.”

13Den næste dag vendte Salomon tilbage til Jerusalem, og han regerede med visdom over Israel i mange år.

Salomons rigdom

1.Kong. 10,14-29

14Salomon anskaffede sig masser af stridsvogne og heste. Han havde 1400 stridsvogne og 12.000 heste, som han stationerede i de dertil indrettede vognbyer og i selve Jerusalem. 15Salomons rigdom betød, at guld og sølv blev lige så almindeligt et syn i Jerusalem som stenene i byens gader, og det kostbare cedertræ blev lige så almindeligt som morbærfigentræ fra de vestlige bakkeskråninger. 16Salomons heste blev importeret fra Egypten og Kilikien, hvor hans opkøbere konstant var på udkig. 17En egyptisk stridsvogn leveret i Jerusalem kostede syv kilo sølv, og en hest kostede godt halvandet kilo sølv. En del af disse heste og vogne blev solgt videre til de hittitiske og aramæiske konger.

Tempelbyggeriet forberedes

1.Kong. 5,1-16

18Salomon gav nu ordre til at igangsætte byggeriet af Herrens hus og sit eget palads.