Solomon answered, "You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful1 to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son2 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 child3 and do not know how to carry out my duties.
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,4 a great people, too numerous to count or number.59
So give your servant a discerning6 heart to govern your people and to distinguish7 between right and wrong. For who is able8 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 asked9 for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment10 in administering justice,
I will do what you have asked.11 I will give you a wise12 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 not13 asked for--both riches and honor14--so that in your lifetime you will have no equal15 among kings.
And if you walk16 in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."1715
Then Solomon awoke18--and he realized it had been a dream.19 He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord's covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings20 and fellowship offerings.a21 Then he gave a feast22 for all his court.