The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places,1 because a temple had not yet been built for the Name2 of the LORD.
Solomon showed his love3 for the LORD by walking4 according to the statutes5 of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.64
The king went to Gibeon7 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 appeared8 to Solomon during the night in a dream,9 and God said, "Ask10 for whatever you want me to give you."
Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful11 to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son12 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 child13 and do not know how to carry out my duties.
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,14 a great people, too numerous to count or number.159
So give your servant a discerning16 heart to govern your people and to distinguish17 between right and wrong. For who is able18 to govern this great people of yours?"