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Solomon’s league with Pharaoh

3:1 AND Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)For more info click here
made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took he Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her to the city of David (/ˈdeɪvɪd/; Biblical Hebrew: דָּוִד‎, romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”)Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE., until he finished building his own house, and the house of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, and the wall of Jerusalem all around.

3:2 Only the people were sacrificing in high places, because there was no house built for the name of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, until those days.

3:3 And Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)For more info click here
loved YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, walking in the statutes of his father David (/ˈdeɪvɪd/; Biblical Hebrew: דָּוִד‎, romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”)Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE.. Only, he was sacrificing and burning incense in high places.

3:4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; because that was the great high place: Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)For more info click here
offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.

Solomon’s choice of wisdom

3:5 In Gibeon YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
appeared to Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)For more info click here
in a dream by night: and Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)
said, Ask what I shall give you.

3:6 And Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)For more info click here
said, You have showed to your servant David (/ˈdeɪvɪd/; Biblical Hebrew: דָּוִד‎, romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”)Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you. And you have kept for him this great kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as today.

3:7 And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David (/ˈdeɪvɪd/; Biblical Hebrew: דָּוִד‎, romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”)Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. my father: and I am but a little man-child: I know not how to go out or come in.
3:8 And your servant is in the midst of your people of whom you have chosen, a numerous people, that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.
3:9 Also give your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this your so great a people?
3:10 And the words pleased YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, that Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה‎
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)
had asked this thing.

3:11 And God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life; or asked riches for yourself, or have asked the life of your enemies; but have asked for yourself understanding to discern judgment;
3:12 Look, I have done according to your words: see, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like you before you, and none after you shall any rise up like you.
3:13 And I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like you all your days.
3:14 And if you will walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as your father David (/ˈdeɪvɪd/; Biblical Hebrew: דָּוִד‎, romanized: Dāwīḏ, “beloved one”)Historians of the Ancient Near East agree that David probably lived around 1000 BCE. walked, then I will lengthen your days.
3:15 And Solomonשְׁלֹמֹה
His two names mean “peaceful” and “friend of God”, both considered “predictive of the character of his reign Reign 970–931 BCE (hypothesised)For more info click here
woke up; and saw it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of YAHWEH יְהֹוָה
Hebrew Yəhōwā, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. It is considered one of the seven names of God in Judaism and a form of God’s name in Christianity. Covenant making covenant keeping GOD. For more info click here
, and offered up burnt offerings, and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

Solomon’s judgement

3:16 Then two women, that were harlots, came to the king, and stood before him.
3:17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman living in one house; and I was delivered a child with her in the house.
3:18 And it so happened the third day after that I delivered, that this woman also delivered. And we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, only we two in the house.
3:19 And this woman’s son died in the night; because she laid on it.
3:20 And she got up at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while your handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
3:21 And when I got up in the morning to suckle my son, observe, it was dead: but when I had looked at it in the morning, see, it was not my son, whom I did bore.
3:22 And the other woman said, No; but the living is my son, and the dead is your son. And this one said, No; but the dead is your son, and the living is my son. So they spoke before the king.
3:23 Then said the king, The one says, This is my son that lives, and your son is the dead: and the other says, No, but your son is the dead, and my son is the living.
3:24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
3:25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
3:26 Then the woman whose son was living said to the king, for her womb yearned over her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and don’t at all put it to death. But the other said, Let it be neither mine or yours, but divide it.
3:27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and don’t put it to death at all: she is it’s mother.
3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.

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