Solomon asks for wisdom
1Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
2Then Solomon spoke to all Israel – to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families – 3and Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon, for God’s tent of meeting was there, which Moses the Lord’s servant had made in the wilderness. 4Now 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. 5But the bronze altar that Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle of the Lord; so Solomon and the assembly enquired of him there. 6Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’
8Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’
11God said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honour, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honour, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.’
13Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting. And he reigned over Israel.
14Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,1:14 Or charioteers which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 15The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 16Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue1:16 Probably Cilicia – the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 17They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels1:17 That is, about 6.9 kilograms of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.1:17 That is, about 1.7 kilograms They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.
2所羅門召集所有以色列人，包括千夫長、百夫長、審判官、首領和族長， 3與他們一起去基遍的邱壇，因為那裡有上帝的會幕，是耶和華的僕人摩西在曠野製造的。 4大衛已經把上帝的約櫃從基列·耶琳搬到耶路撒冷，因為他在那裡為約櫃搭了一個帳篷。 5戶珥的孫子、烏利的兒子比撒列造的銅壇在基遍耶和華的會幕前，所羅門和會眾就在那裡求問耶和華。 6所羅門上到耶和華會幕前的銅壇那裡，獻上一千頭祭牲作為燔祭。
7當天晚上，上帝向所羅門顯現，問他：「你要我給你什麼？只管求吧。」 8所羅門回答說：「你厚待我父大衛，並讓我繼位。 9耶和華上帝啊，求你成就你給我父大衛的應許。你立我為王，使我統治這多如地上塵土的百姓。 10現在，求你賜我智慧和知識以帶領他們。不然，誰能治理這麼多的百姓呢？」 11上帝對所羅門說：「你既然有此心願，不為自己求富貴、資財、尊榮、長壽，也沒有求滅絕你的敵人，只求智慧和知識以治理我的子民——我交在你王權之下的百姓， 12我必賜你智慧和知識，並且我還要賜你空前絕後的富貴、資財和尊榮。」
14所羅門組建了戰車和騎兵，有一千四百輛戰車、一萬二千名騎兵，駐紮在屯車城和他所在的耶路撒冷。 15王使耶路撒冷的金銀多如石頭，使香柏木多如丘陵的無花果樹。 16所羅門的馬匹都是由王室商隊從埃及和古厄按定價買來的。 17他們從埃及買來的車馬，每輛車六百塊銀子，每匹馬一百五十塊銀子，他們也把車馬賣給赫人諸王和亞蘭諸王。