Bible: 1 Kings 3:5-14

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 
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