Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
1 1 Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom , and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him greatly . 2 Solomon spoke to all Israel , to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds and to the judges and to every leader in all Israel , the heads of the fathers' households. 3 Then Solomon and all the assembly with him went to the high place which was at Gibeon , for God's tent of meeting was there , which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness . 4 However , David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place he had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem . 5 Now the bronze altar , which Bezalel the son of Uri , the son of Hur , had made , was there before the tabernacle of the Lord , and Solomon and the assembly sought it out. 6 Solomon went up there before the Lord to the bronze altar which was at the tent of meeting , and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 7 In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, "Ask what I shall give you." 8 Solomon said to God , "You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness , and have made me king in his place . 9 "Now , O Lord God , Your promise to my father David is fulfilled , for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth . 10 " Give me now wisdom and knowledge , that I may go out and come in before this people , for who can rule this great people of Yours?" 11 God said to Solomon , "Because e you had this in mind , and did not ask for riches , wealth or honor , or the life of those who hate you, nor have you even asked for long life , but you have asked for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may rule My people over whom I have made you king , 12 wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor , such e as none of the kings who were before you has possessed e nor those who will come after you."
Solomon's Trade in Horses and Chariots
14 Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen . He had 1,400 e e chariots and 12,000 e e horsemen , and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem . 15 The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones , and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamores in the lowland . 16 Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue ; the king's traders procured them from Kue for a price . 17 They imported e chariots from Egypt for 600 e shekels of silver apiece and horses for 150 e apiece, and by the same means e they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram .
1:4 Lit "where David had prepared for it"
1:5 Lit "he put"
1:9 Lit "word"
1:11 Lit "this was in your heart"
1:12 Lit "which was not so to the kings who were before you"
1:12 Lit "be"
1:13 Lit "to"
1:15 Heb "shephelah"
1:17 Lit "brought up and brought out"
1:17 Lit "and in like manner by their hand"
1:17 Lit "brought out"