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2 Chronicles 1

Solomon Asks for Wisdom

1Solomon son of David took firm control of his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him very powerful.

Solomon called together all the leaders of Israel—the generals and captains of the army,[a] the judges, and all the political and clan leaders. Then he led the entire assembly to the place of worship in Gibeon, for God’s Tabernacle[b] was located there. (This was the Tabernacle that Moses, the Lord’s servant, had made in the wilderness.)

David had already moved the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the tent he had prepared for it in Jerusalem. But the bronze altar made by Bezalel son of Uri and grandson of Hur was there[c] at Gibeon in front of the Tabernacle of the Lord. So Solomon and the people gathered in front of it to consult the Lord.[d] There in front of the Tabernacle, Solomon went up to the bronze altar in the Lord’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on it.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly,[e] for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”

13 Then Solomon returned to Jerusalem from the Tabernacle at the place of worship in Gibeon, and he reigned over Israel.

14 Solomon built up a huge force of chariots and horses.[f] He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He stationed some of them in the chariot cities and some near him in Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.[g] 16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt[h] and from Cilicia[i]; the king’s traders acquired them from Cilicia at the standard price. 17 At that time chariots from Egypt could be purchased for 600 pieces of silver,[j] and horses for 150 pieces of silver.[k] They were then exported to the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:2 Hebrew the commanders of thousands and of hundreds.
  2. 1:3 Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 1:6, 13.
  3. 1:5a As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate, and some Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text reads he placed.
  4. 1:5b Hebrew to consult him.
  5. 1:10 Hebrew to go out and come in before this people.
  6. 1:14 Or charioteers; also in 1:14b.
  7. 1:15 Hebrew the Shephelah.
  8. 1:16a Possibly Muzur, a district near Cilicia; also in 1:17.
  9. 1:16b Hebrew Kue, probably another name for Cilicia.
  10. 1:17a Hebrew 600 [shekels] of silver, about 15 pounds or 6.8 kilograms in weight.
  11. 1:17b Hebrew 150 [shekels], about 3.8 pounds or 1.7 kilograms in weight.

Japanese Living Bible

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。