1 Kings 3:8

8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be 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 replied, “You showed great and faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued to show this great and faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne.
7 “Now, O LORD 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.
8 And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted!
9 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?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom.