1 Kings 3:8

8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.

1 Kings 3:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
ESV
8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.
NLT
8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!
MSG
8 And here I am, set down in the middle of the people you've chosen, a great people - far too many to ever count.
CSB
8 Your servant is among Your people You have chosen, a people too numerous to be numbered or counted.

1 Kings 3:8 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 3:8

And thy servant [is] in the midst of thy people which thou hast
chosen
To be his special and peculiar people above all people on the earth; this is not to be understood locally, though Jerusalem, where his palace was, was in the middle of the land; but of the exercise of his office, he being placed over the people, and among them, and having the care and inspection of them:

a great people, that cannot be numbered and counted for multitude;
being for number as the stars in the sky, and as the sand upon the seashore, as had been promised.

1 Kings 3:8 In-Context

6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.
8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.
9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 7:6
  • 2. S Genesis 12:2; Genesis 15:5; S 1 Chronicles 27:23