3:5 One night in Gibeon the Lord appeared 1 to Solomon in a dream. God said, “Tell 2 me what I should give you.” 3:6 Solomon replied, “You demonstrated 3 great loyalty to your servant, my father David, as he served 4 you faithfully, properly, and sincerely. 5 You have maintained this great loyalty to this day by allowing his son to sit on his throne. 6 3:7 Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in my father David’s place, even though I am only a young man and am inexperienced. 7 3:8 Your servant stands 8 among your chosen people; 9 they are a great nation that is too numerous to count or number. 3:9 So give your servant a discerning mind 10 so he can make judicial decisions for 11 your people and distinguish right from wrong. 12 Otherwise 13 no one is able 14 to make judicial decisions for 15 this great nation of yours.” 16 3:10 The Lord 17 was pleased that Solomon made this request. 18 3:11 God said to him, “Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, 19 3:12 I 20 grant your request, 21 and give 22 you a wise and discerning mind 23 superior to that of anyone who has preceded or will succeed you. 24 3:13 Furthermore, I am giving 25 you what you did not request – riches and honor so that you will be the greatest king of your generation. 26 3:14 If you follow my instructions 27 by obeying 28 my rules and regulations, just as your father David did, 29 then I will grant you long life.” 30 3:15 Solomon then woke up and realized it was a dream. 31 He went to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant, offered up burnt sacrifices, presented peace offerings, 32 and held a feast for all his servants. 4:20 Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the first 1 of those who live in tents and keep 2 livestock.
The Dispersion of the Nations at Babel
11:1 The whole earth 1 had a common language and a common vocabulary. 2 11:2 When the people 3 moved eastward, 4 they found a plain in Shinar 5 and settled there. 11:3 Then they said to one another, 6 “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” 7 (They had brick instead of stone and tar 8 instead of mortar.) 9 11:4 Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens 10 so that 11 we may make a name for ourselves. Otherwise 12 we will be scattered 13 across the face of the entire earth.”
11:5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the people 14 had started 15 building. 11:6 And the Lord said, “If as one people all sharing a common language 16 they have begun to do this, then 17 nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. 18 11:7 Come, let’s go down and confuse 19 their language so they won’t be able to understand each other.” 20
11:8 So the Lord scattered them from there across the face of the entire earth, and they stopped building 21 the city. 11:9 That is why its name was called 22 Babel 23 – because there the Lord confused the language of the entire world, and from there the Lord scattered them across the face of the entire earth.
The Genealogy of Shem
11:10 This is the account of Shem.
Shem was 100 old when he became the father of Arphaxad, two years after the flood. 11:11 And after becoming the father of Arphaxad, Shem lived 500 years and had other 24 sons and daughters.
11:12 When Arphaxad had lived 35 years, he became the father of Shelah. 11:13 And after he became the father of Shelah, Arphaxad lived 403 years and had other 25 sons and daughters. 26