1 Kings 3:19

19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him.

1 Kings 3:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
ESV
19 And this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him.
NLT
19 “But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it.
MSG
19 The infant son of this woman died one night when she rolled over on him in her sleep.
CSB
19 During the night this woman's son died because she lay on him.

1 Kings 3:19 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 3:19

And this woman's child died in the night
Whether the same night following the day it was born is not certain; because she overlaid it;
or laid upon it, being heavy through sleep, and not knowing what she did, turned herself upon it, and smothered it; because it had no previous illness, or any marks of any disease it could be thought to die of, and perhaps there might be some of its being overlaid.

1 Kings 3:19 In-Context

17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me.
18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him.
20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast.
21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”