Solomon son of David took a firm grip on the reins of his kingdom. God was with him and gave him much help.
Solomon addressed all Israel - the commanders and captains, the judges, every leader, and all the heads of families.
Then Solomon and the entire company went to the worship center at Gibeon - that's where the Tent of Meeting of God was, the one that Moses the servant of God had made in the wilderness.
The Chest of God, though, was in Jerusalem - David had brought it up from Kiriath Jearim, prepared a special place for it, and pitched a tent for it.
But the Bronze Altar that Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon, in its place before the Tabernacle of God; and that is where Solomon and the congregation gathered to pray.
Solomon worshiped God at the Bronze Altar in front of the Tent of Meeting; he sacrificed a thousand Whole-Burnt-Offerings on it.
That night God appeared to Solomon. God said, "What do you want from me? Ask."
Solomon answered, "You were extravagantly generous with David my father, and now you have made me king in his place.
Establish, God, the words you spoke to my father, for you've given me a staggering task, ruling this mob of people.
Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people - for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?"
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)