1 AND SOLOMON the son of David was strengthened in his
kingdom, and HaShem his G-d was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
2 And Solomon spoke unto all Israel, to the captains of
thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every prince in all Israel,
the heads of the fathers' houses.
3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the
high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tent of meeting of G-d, which
Moses the servant of HaShem had made in the wilderness.
4 But the ark of G-d had David brought up from Kiriath-jearim
to the place that David had prepared for it; for he had pitched a tent for it at
5 Moreover the brazen altar, that Bezalel the son of Uri, the
son of Hur, had made, had been put before the tabernacle of HaShem; and Solomon
and the congregation sought unto it.
6 And Solomon offered there, upon the brazen altar before
HaShem, which was at the tent of meeting, he offered a thousand burnt-offerings
7 In that night did G-d, appear unto Solomon, and said unto
him: 'Ask what I shall give thee.'
8 And Solomon said unto G-d: 'Thou hast shown great kindness
unto David my father, and hast made me king in his stead.
9 Now, O HaShem G-d, let Thy promise unto David my father be
established; for Thou hast made me king over a people like 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 judge this Thy people, that is so
11 And G-d said to Solomon: 'Because this was in thy heart,
and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of them that
hate thee, neither yet hast asked long life, but hast asked wisdom and knowledge
for thyself, that thou mayest judge My people, over whom I have made thee king;
12 wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee, and I will give
thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that
have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.'
13 So Solomon came from his journey to the high place that
was at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, unto Jerusalem; and he reigned
14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; and he had a
thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he placed
in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
15 And the king made silver and gold to be in Jerusalem as
stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore-trees that are in the Lowland,
16 And the horses which Solomon had were brought out of
Egypt; also out of Keve, the king's merchants buying them of the men of Keve at
17 And they fetched up, and brought out of Egypt a chariot
for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty; and so
for all the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of Aram, did they bring them
out by their means.
18 Now Solomon purposed to build a house for the name of
HaShem, and a house for his kingdom.