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1 Kings 3

GNT 1 Solomon made an alliance with the king of Egypt by marrying his daughter. He brought her to live in David's City until he had finished building his palace, the Temple, and the wall around Jerusalem. NIV 1 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem. GNT 2 A temple had not yet been built for the Lord, and so the people were still offering sacrifices at many different altars. NIV 2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD. GNT 3 Solomon loved the Lord and followed the instructions of his father David, but he also slaughtered animals and offered them as sacrifices on various altars. NIV 3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. GNT 4 On one occasion he went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices because that was where the most famous altar was. He had offered hundreds of burnt offerings there in the past. NIV 4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. GNT 5 That night the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked him, "What would you like me to give you?" NIV 5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” GNT 6 Solomon answered, "You always showed great love for my father David, your servant, and he was good, loyal, and honest in his relation with you. And you have continued to show him your great and constant love by giving him a son who today rules in his place. NIV 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. GNT 7 O Lord God, you have let me succeed my father as king, even though I am very young and don't know how to rule. NIV 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. GNT 8 Here I am among the people you have chosen to be your own, a people who are so many that they cannot be counted. NIV 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. GNT 9 So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?" NIV 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?” GNT 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, NIV 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. GNT 11 and so he said to him, "Because you have asked for the wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, NIV 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, GNT 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before or will ever have again. NIV 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. GNT 13 I will also give you what you have not asked for: all your life you will have wealth and honor, more than that of any other king. NIV 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. GNT 14 And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands, as your father David did, I will give you a long life." NIV 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” GNT 15 Solomon woke up and realized that God had spoken to him in the dream. Then he went to Jerusalem and stood in front of the Lord's Covenant Box and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to the Lord. After that he gave a feast for all his officials. NIV 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court. GNT 16 One day two prostitutes came and presented themselves before King Solomon. NIV 16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. GNT 17 One of them said, "Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a baby boy at home while she was there. NIV 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. GNT 18 Two days after my child was born, she also gave birth to a baby boy. Only the two of us were there in the house - no one else was present. NIV 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. GNT 19 Then one night she accidentally rolled over on her baby and smothered it. NIV 19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. GNT 20 She got up during the night, took my son from my side while I was asleep, and carried him to her bed; then she put the dead child in my bed. NIV 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. GNT 21 The next morning, when I woke up and was going to nurse my baby, I saw that it was dead. I looked at it more closely and saw that it was not my child." NIV 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.” GNT 22 But the other woman said, "No! The living child is mine, and the dead one is yours!" The first woman answered back, "No! The dead child is yours, and the living one is mine!" And so they argued before the king. NIV 22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.” But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king. GNT 23 Then King Solomon said, "Each of you claims that the living child is hers and that the dead child belongs to the other one." NIV 23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’ ” GNT 24 He sent for a sword, and when it was brought, NIV 24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. GNT 25 he said, "Cut the living child in two and give each woman half of it." NIV 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” GNT 26 The real mother, her heart full of love for her son, said to the king, "Please, Your Majesty, don't kill the child! Give it to her!" But the other woman said, "Don't give it to either of us; go on and cut it in two." NIV 26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” GNT 27 Then Solomon said, "Don't kill the child! Give it to the first woman - she is its real mother." NIV 27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” GNT 28 When the people of Israel heard of Solomon's decision, they were all filled with deep respect for him, because they knew then that God had given him the wisdom to settle disputes fairly. NIV 28 When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

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