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1 Kings 3:27

27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”

Read 1 Kings 3:27 Using Other Translations

Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
Then the king answered and said, "Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother."
Then the king said, “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”

What does 1 Kings 3:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 3:27

Then the king answered and said, give her the living child,
and in no wise slay it
That is, to her who desired it might not be slain, but rather be given to her who had no right to it:

she [is] the mother thereof;
which might be strongly concluded from her compassion for it, her eagerness and earnestness to have its life spared, and from the indifference of the other, yea, from her cruelty and barbarity in moving to have it divided.

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