Now, LORD God, let your promise1 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.210
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead3 this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"
God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth,4 riches or honor, 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,
therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor,5 such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.6"
Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the Tent of Meeting. And he reigned over Israel.
Solomon accumulated chariots7 and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,a which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
The king made silver and gold8 as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
Solomon's horses were imported from Egyptb and from Kuec--the royal merchants purchased them from Kue.
They imported a chariot9 from Egypt for six hundred shekelsd of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.e They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.