That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, "What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!"
Solomon replied, "You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him.
O LORD my God, now you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn't know his way around.
And here I am among your own chosen people, a nation so great they are too numerous to count!
Give me an understanding mind so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great nation of yours?"