Then Solomon formed a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter and brought her to the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the LORD and the wall around Jerusalem.
The people were still sacrificing on the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the LORD until those days.
Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, "Ask what [you wish] me to give you."
Then Solomon said, "You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as [it is] this day.
"Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
"Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.
"So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"
It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.
God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,
behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.
"I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.
"If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days."
Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.
Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him.
The one woman said, "Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she [was] in the house.
"It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
"This woman's son died in the night, because she lay on it.
"So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom.
"When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne."
Then the other woman said, "No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son." But the first woman said, "No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son." Thus they spoke before the king.
Then the king said, "The one says, 'This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one'; and the other says, 'No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.'"
The king said, "Get me a sword." So they brought a sword before the king.
The king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other."
Then the woman whose child [was] the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, "Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him." But the other said, "He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide [him]!"
Then the king said, "Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother."
When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the LORD his God [was] with him and exalted him greatly.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, "Ask what I shall give you."
Solomon said to God, "You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place.
"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.
"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?"
God said to Solomon, "Because 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,
wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. And I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings who were before you has possessed nor those who will come after you."
So Solomon went from the high place which was at Gibeon, from the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem, and he reigned over Israel.
Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamores in the lowland.
Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue; the king's traders procured them from Kue for a price.
They imported chariots from Egypt for 600 [shekels] of silver apiece and horses for 150 apiece, and by the same means they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.
A Maskil of Asaph. Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.
We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children,
That the generation to come might know, [even] the children [yet] to be born, [That] they may arise and tell [them] to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments,
And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
The sons of Ephraim were archers equipped with bows, [Yet] they turned back in the day of battle.
They did not keep the covenant of God And refused to walk in His law;
They forgot His deeds And His miracles that He had shown them.
He wrought wonders before their fathers In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
He divided the sea and caused them to pass through, And He made the waters stand up like a heap.
Then He led them with the cloud by day And all the night with a light of fire.
He split the rocks in the wilderness And gave [them] abundant drink like the ocean depths.
He brought forth streams also from the rock And caused waters to run down like rivers.
Yet they still continued to sin against Him, To rebel against the Most High in the desert.
And in their heart they put God to the test By asking food according to their desire.
Then they spoke against God; They said, "Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
"Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, And streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?"
Therefore the LORD heard and was full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel,
Because they did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation.
Yet He commanded the clouds above And opened the doors of heaven;
He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heaven.
Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens And by His power He directed the south wind.
When He rained meat upon them like the dust, Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,
Then He let [them] fall in the midst of their camp, Round about their dwellings.
So they ate and were well filled, And their desire He gave to them.
Before they had satisfied their desire, While their food was in their mouths,
The anger of God rose against them And killed some of their stoutest ones, And subdued the choice men of Israel.
In spite of all this they still sinned And did not believe in His wonderful works.
So He brought their days to an end in futility And their years in sudden terror.
When He killed them, then they sought Him, And returned and searched diligently for God;
And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.
But they deceived Him with their mouth And lied to Him with their tongue.
For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
But He, being compassionate, forgave [their] iniquity and did not destroy [them]; And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath.
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!
Again and again they tempted God, And pained the Holy One of Israel.
They did not remember His power, The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
When He performed His signs in Egypt And His marvels in the field of Zoan,
And turned their rivers to blood, And their streams, they could not drink.
He sent among them swarms of flies which devoured them, And frogs which destroyed them.
He gave also their crops to the grasshopper And the product of their labor to the locust.
He destroyed their vines with hailstones And their sycamore trees with frost.
He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones And their herds to bolts of lightning.
He sent upon them His burning anger, Fury and indignation and trouble, A band of destroying angels.
He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave over their life to the plague,
And smote all the firstborn in Egypt, The first [issue] of their virility in the tents of Ham.
But He led forth His own people like sheep And guided them in the wilderness like a flock;
He led them safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea engulfed their enemies.
So He brought them to His holy land, To this hill country which His right hand had gained.
He also drove out the nations before them And apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
Yet they tempted and rebelled against the Most High God And did not keep His testimonies,
But turned back and acted treacherously like their fathers; They turned aside like a treacherous bow.
For they provoked Him with their high places And aroused His jealousy with their graven images.
When God heard, He was filled with wrath And greatly abhorred Israel;
So that He abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh, The tent which He had pitched among men,
And gave up His strength to captivity And His glory into the hand of the adversary.
He also delivered His people to the sword, And was filled with wrath at His inheritance.
Fire devoured His young men, And His virgins had no wedding songs.
His priests fell by the sword, And His widows could not weep.
Then the Lord awoke as [if from] sleep, Like a warrior overcome by wine.
He drove His adversaries backward; He put on them an everlasting reproach.
He also rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.
He also chose David His servant And took him from the sheepfolds;
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.
Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
Let no one in any way deceive you, for [it will not come] unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains [will do so] until he is taken out of the way.
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
[that is], the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word [of mouth] or by letter from us.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.