“Now, O my God, 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 in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!
Give me an understanding heart 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 people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.
So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—
I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!
And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!
And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.”
Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, where he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet.
Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled.
“Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she was with me in the house.