Solomon showed his love1 for the LORD by walking2 according to the statutes3 of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.44
The king went to Gibeon5 to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
At Gibeon the LORD appeared6 to Solomon during the night in a dream,7 and God said, "Ask8 for whatever you want me to give you."
Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful9 to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son10 to sit on his throne this very day.
"Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child11 and do not know how to carry out my duties.
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,12 a great people, too numerous to count or number.139
So give your servant a discerning14 heart to govern your people and to distinguish15 between right and wrong. For who is able16 to govern this great people of yours?"
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.
So God said to him, "Since you have asked17 for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment18 in administering justice,
I will do what you have asked.19 I will give you a wise20 and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.
Moreover, I will give you what you have not21 asked for--both riches and honor22--so that in your lifetime you will have no equal23 among kings.
And if you walk24 in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."2515
Then Solomon awoke26--and he realized it had been a dream.27 He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings28 and fellowship offerings.a29 Then he gave a feast30 for all his court.