The king went to Gibeon1 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 appeared2 to Solomon during the night in a dream,3 and God said, "Ask4 for whatever you want me to give you."
Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful5 to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son6 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 child7 and do not know how to carry out my duties.
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,8 a great people, too numerous to count or number.99
So give your servant a discerning10 heart to govern your people and to distinguish11 between right and wrong. For who is able12 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 asked13 for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment14 in administering justice,
I will do what you have asked.15 I will give you a wise16 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 not17 asked for--both riches and honor18--so that in your lifetime you will have no equal19 among kings.
And if you walk20 in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."2115
Then Solomon awoke22--and he realized it had been a dream.23 He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings24 and fellowship offerings.a25 Then he gave a feast26 for all his court.