2 Chronicles 1:1-10 (New International Version)

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Solomon Asks for Wisdom

1:2-13pp -- 1Ki 3:4-15 1:14-17pp -- 1Ki 10:26-29; 2Ch 9:25-28

1 Solomon son of David established1 himself firmly over his kingdom, for the LORD his God was with2 him and made him exceedingly great.3 2 Then Solomon spoke to all Israel4--to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families-- 3 and Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon,5 for God's Tent of Meeting6 was there, which Moses7 the LORD's servant had made in the desert. 4 Now David had brought up the ark8 of God from Kiriath Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tent9 for it in Jerusalem. 5 But the bronze altar10 that Bezalel11 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 inquired12 of him there. 6 Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the LORD in the Tent of Meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 7 That night God appeared13 to Solomon and said to him, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." 8 Solomon answered God, "You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me14 king in his place. 9 Now, LORD God, let your promise15 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.16 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead17 this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
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