2 Then Solomon spoke to all Israeld—to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families—3 and Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon,e for God’s tent of meetingf was there, which Mosesg the Lord’s servant had made in the wilderness. 4 Now David had brought up the arkh of God from Kiriath Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tenti for it in Jerusalem. 5 But the bronze altarj that Bezalelk son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle of the Lord; so Solomon and the assembly inquiredl of him there. 6 Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.
7 That night God appearedm to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made men king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promiseo to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.p 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may leadq this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
11 God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth,r possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor,s such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.t”
14 Solomon accumulated chariotsu and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,a which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and goldv as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kueb—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 17 They imported a chariotw from Egypt for six hundred shekelsc of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.d They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.
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