1And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. 2Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days. 3And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 4And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.
5¶ In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.3.6 mercy: or, bounty 7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9Give 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?3.9 understanding: Heb. hearing 10And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;3.11 long life: Heb. many days3.11 discern: Heb. hear 12Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.3.13 shall…: or, hath not been 14And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. 15And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
16¶ Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. 17And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. 18And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. 19And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it. 20And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. 22And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king. 23Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. 24And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. 25And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. 26Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.3.26 yearned: Heb. were hot 27Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. 28And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.3.28 in him: Heb. in the midst of him
Solomoni Apempha Nzeru
1Solomoni anachita ubale ndi Farao mfumu ya ku Igupto ndipo anakwatira mwana wake wamkazi. Mkaziyo anabwera naye mu Mzinda wa Davide mpaka anatsiriza kumanga nyumba yaufumu ndi Nyumba ya Yehova ndiponso khoma lozungulira Yerusalemu. 2Koma anthu ankaperekabe nsembe ku malo achipembedzo osiyanasiyana chifukwa chakuti mpaka pa nthawi imeneyo Dzina la Yehova anali asanalimangire nyumba. 3Solomoni anaonetsa chikondi chake pa Yehova poyenda motsatira malamulo a abambo ake Davide, kupatula kuti ankapereka nsembe ndi kufukiza lubani ku malo osiyanasiyana achipembedzo.
4Mfumu inapita ku Gibiyoni kukapereka nsembe popeza kumeneko ndiye kunali malo oposa malo ofunika kwambiri pachipembedzo. Kumeneko Solomoni anapereka nsembe zopsereza 1,000 pa guwa lansembe. 5Ku Gibiyoniko Yehova anaonekera kwa Solomoni mʼmaloto usiku, ndipo Mulungu anati, “Pempha chilichonse chimene ukufuna ndipo ndidzakupatsa.”
6Solomoni anayankha kuti, “Inu munaonetsa kukoma mtima kwanu kwakukulu kwa kapolo wanu, abambo anga Davide, chifukwa anali wokhulupirika pamaso panu, wolungama mtima ndiponso wa mtima wangwiro. Inu mukupitirizabe kukoma mtima kwanu kwakukulu kwa iye ndipo mwamupatsa mwana kuti akhale pa mpando wake waufumu lero lino.
7“Tsopano Inu Yehova Mulungu wanga, mtumiki wanune mwandiyika kukhala mfumu mʼmalo mwa abambo anga Davide. Komatu ndine mwana wamngʼono ndipo sindidziwa kagwiridwe kake ka ntchito yangayi. 8Mtumiki wanu ali pakati pa anthu amene munawasankha, mtundu waukulu, anthu ochuluka kwambiri osatheka kuwawerenga. 9Choncho mupatseni mtumiki wanu nzeru zolamulira anthu anu ndi kuti azitha kusiyanitsa pakati pa chabwino ndi choyipa. Pakuti ndani amene angathe kulamulira anthu anu ochulukawa?”
10Ambuye anakondwera kuti Solomoni anapempha zimenezi. 11Tsono Mulungu anati kwa Solomoni, “Popeza wapempha zinthu zimenezi osati moyo wautali kapena chuma chako kapena imfa ya adani ako koma nzeru zolamulira anthu mwachilungamo, 12Ine ndidzakuchitira zimene wapempha. Ndidzakupatsa mtima wanzeru ndi wozindikira zinthu, kotero kuti sipanakhalepo wina wofanana nawe ndipo sipadzapezekanso wina wonga iwe pambuyo pako. 13Kuwonjeza apo, ndidzakupatsa zimene sunazipemphe: chuma ndi ulemu, kotero kuti pa masiku onse a moyo wako sipadzakhala mfumu yofanana nawe. 14Ndipo ngati udzayenda mʼnjira zanga ndi kumvera malamulo anga ndiponso malangizo anga monga abambo ako Davide anachitira, ndidzakupatsa moyo wautali.” 15Kotero Solomoni anadzuka ndipo anazindikira kuti anali maloto.
Iye anabwerera ku Yerusalemu nakayimirira patsogolo pa Bokosi la Chipangano la Ambuye ndipo anapereka nsembe zopsereza ndi nsembe zachiyanjano. Kenaka anakonzera phwando atumiki ake onse.
16Nthawi ina amayi awiri adama anabwera kwa mfumu ndipo anayima pamaso pake. 17Mmodzi mwa amayiwo anati, “Mbuye wanga, mayi uyu ndi ine timakhala nyumba imodzi. Ine ndinabala mwana tili limodzi ndi mnzangayu. 18Tsiku lachitatu ine nditabala mwana, mnzangayunso anabereka mwana wake. Tinalipo awiriwiri mʼnyumbamo ndipo munalibe wina aliyense.
19“Nthawi ya usiku mwana wa mnzangayu anafa chifukwa anamugonera. 20Tsono iyeyu anadzuka pakati pa usiku, natenga mwana wanga ku mimba kwanga pamene ine mdzakazi wanu ndinali mʼtulo. Anamuyika mwanayo ku mimba kwake ndi kuyika mwana wake wakufayo ku mimba kwanga. 21Mmawa nditadzuka kuti ndiyamwitse mwana wanga ndinapeza kuti ndi wakufa! Koma kutacha nditamuyangʼanitsitsa ndinaona kuti si mwana amene ine ndinabala.”
22Koma mayi winayo anati, “Ayi! Mwana wamoyoyu ndi wanga, mwana wakufayu ndi wako.”
Koma mayi woyambayo analimbikira kuti. “Ayi! Mwana wakufayu ndi wako; wamoyoyu ndi wanga.” Motero akaziwa anatsutsana pamaso pa mfumu.
23Pamenepo mfumu inati, “Wina akuti, ‘Mwana wanga ndi wamoyoyu ndipo mwana wako ndi wakufayu,’ pamene winanso akuti, ‘Ayi! Mwana wako ndi wakufayu wanga ndi wamoyoyu.’ ”
24Pamenepo mfumu inati, “Patseni lupanga.” Ndipo anabwera nalo lupanga kwa mfumu. 25Tsono mfumu inagamula kuti, “Muduleni pakati mwana wamoyoyu ndipo wina mumupatse gawo limodzi, gawo linalo mumupatse winayo.”
26Mayi amene mwana wake anali moyo anagwidwa ndi chisoni chifukwa cha mwana wakeyo ndipo anawuza mfumu kuti, “Chonde mbuye wanga, mupatseni mnzangayu mwana wamoyoyu! Musamuphe!”
Koma winayo anati, “Ayi, asandipatse ine kapena iwe. Muduleni pakati!”
27Choncho mfumu inagamula kuti, “Perekani mwana wamoyoyu kwa mayi woyambayu. Musamuphe, iyeyu ndiye mayi wake wa mwanayu.”
28Pamene Aisraeli onse anamva za chigamulo chimene mfumu inapereka, anaopa mfumuyo kwambiri, chifukwa anaona kuti mfumu inali ndi nzeru zochokera kwa Mulungu zoweruzira mwachilungamo.