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2 Crônicas 1

Salomão pede sabedoria

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1Salomão, filho do rei David, era agora o incontestado governante de Israel, porque o Senhor, seu Deus, era com ele e fez dele um poderoso rei.

2-3 Salomão decidiu convocar todos os oficiais do exército e os juízes para Gibeão; também chamou todos os chefes políticos e religiosos de Israel. Levou-os ao cimo da colina, até à tenda do encontro, construída por Moisés, o homem ao serviço do Senhor, no tempo em que tinham andado pelo deserto. O rei David tinha levado a arca de Deus para Jerusalém, onde a colocou numa tenda levantada no lugar que tinha preparado, quando a mandou vir de Quiriate-Jearim. Também o altar de bronze, feito por Bezalel, filho de Uri e neto de Hur, ainda ali se encontrava defronte do velho tabernáculo. Salomão e aqueles que ele convocara reuniram-se diante dele, enquanto foram sacrificados 1000 holocaustos como oferta ao Senhor.

Nessa noite, Deus apareceu a Salomão e disse-lhe: “Pede-me o que quiseres e dar-te-ei!”

Salomão respondeu: “Ó Deus, tu foste extremamente bondoso para com o meu pai, David, e agora deste-me o reino. Só pretendo, ó Senhor Deus, que as tuas promessas se confirmem! A tua palavra, dirigida a meu pai, David, concretizou-se e fizeste-me rei sobre um povo tão numeroso como o pó da terra! 10 Dá-me agora sabedoria e conhecimento para conduzi-lo com competência. Pois quem seria capaz de governar uma tão grande nação como esta?”

11 Deus respondeu-lhe: “Sendo que o teu maior desejo é seres capaz de servir este povo e que não pretendeste nem riquezas nem honras pessoais, nem pediste que amaldiçoasse os teus inimigos, nem tão-pouco que te desse uma longa vida, mas sabedoria e conhecimento para guiar o meu povo, 12 concedo-te o que me pediste, e ainda te darei tantas riquezas, prosperidade e honras como nenhum outro rei antes ou depois de ti! Não haverá depois de ti outro semelhante em toda a Terra!”

13 Salomão deixou a tenda do encontro, desceu a colina e voltou para Jerusalém, para iniciar o seu mandato real sobre Israel.

O esplendor de Salomão

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14 Organizou uma enorme força militar com 1400 carros de combate e recrutou 12 000 cavaleiros, para formarem uma guarda de proteção às cidades onde ficaram depositados os carros, ainda que alguns tivessem ficado em Jerusalém, sob o controlo direto do rei. 15 Naqueles dias, o rei tornou a prata e o ouro tão abundantes como as pedras em Jerusalém; o cedro também não tinha muito mais valor do que a madeira de uma simples figueira brava de planície. 16 Salomão enviou ao Egito especialistas no comércio de cavalos para comprarem manadas inteiras a preços especiais. 17 Por esse tempo, os carros egípcios eram vendidos por 7 quilos de prata e os cavalos por cerca de 1,7 quilos de prata, e entregues em Jerusalém. Muitos eram posteriormente vendidos a reis hititas e arameus.

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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).