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King Solomon's prayer request for wisdom and understanding.

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1st Kings 3:4-13 2nd Chronicles 1:6-12
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there. For that was the great high place. Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5In Gibeon Jehovah appeared to Solomon in a dream by night. And God said, Ask what I shall give you! 6 And Solomon said, You have shown to Your servant David 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 this great kindness for him, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today. 7And now, O Jehovah my God, You have made Your servant king instead of David my father. And I am a little child; I do not know to go out or come in! 8And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a numerous people who cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9And give to Your servant an understanding heart, to judge Your people, to discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge this, Your great people? 10 And the word was good in the eyes of Jehovah, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11And God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life, and have not asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to judge justly, 12behold, I have done according to your words. Lo, I have given you a wise and an understanding heart, so that there was none like you before you, and after you none shall arise like you. 13And I also have 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.
6And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before Jehovah, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 7In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, Ask what I shall give you. 8And Solomon said to God, You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me to reign in his stead. 9Now, O Jehovah God, Your promise to David my father has been fulfilled. For You have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. 10Give me now wisdom and knowledge that I may go out and come in before this people. For who can judge this Your great people? 11And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, nor honor, nor the life of your enemies, nor yet have asked for long life but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may judge My people, over whom I have made you king; 12wisdom and knowledge is granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had that have been before you, nor shall any after you have the like.
  • At Gibeon, king Solomon first offered a thousand burnt offerings, (he came with a gift).
  • It was at night when God appeared to him, one account says in a dream.
  • Solomon first stated his need for wisdom and understanding, (to lead such a great multitude of people). This reason was not selfish, it told of Solomon's servants heart.
  • God granted his request, and blessed him beyond what he asked, giving him riches and honor above all the rest. (if we honor God, he will honor and bless us abundantly beyound what we even ask for).