1Solomon became a very strong king because the Lord his God was with him. The Lord made Solomon very great. 2Solomon spoke to the people of Israel. He spoke to the captains, generals, judges, to every leader in all Israel, and to the leaders of the families. 3Then Solomon and all the people gathered together with him went to the high place at Gibeon. God’s Meeting Tent was there. The Lord’s servant Moses made that tent when he and the people of Israel were in the desert. 4David had carried God’s Box of the Agreement from Kiriath Jearim to Jerusalem. David had made a place to put it in Jerusalem. David had set up a tent for God’s Box of the Agreement in Jerusalem. 5Bezalel son of Uri had made a bronze altar. That bronze altar was in Gibeon in front of the Holy Tent. So Solomon and the people went to Gibeon to ask the Lord for advice. 6Solomon went up to the bronze altar in front of the Lord at the Meeting Tent. Solomon offered 1,000 burnt offerings on the altar. 7That night God came to Solomon. God said, “Solomon, ask me what you want me to give you.” 8Solomon said to God, “You were very kind to my father David. You chose me to be the new king in my father’s place. 9Now, Lord God, keep your promise to my father David. You have chosen me to be king of a very large nation. There are so many people—they are like the dust of the earth! 10Now give me wisdom and knowledge so I can lead these people in the right way. No one can rule these people without your help!” 11God said to Solomon, “You have the right attitude. You didn’t ask for wealth, riches or honor. You didn’t ask for your enemies to be killed. And you didn’t ask for a long life. No, you did not ask for those things. You asked for wisdom and knowledge so you could make wise decisions for my people—the people I chose you to rule over. 12So I will give you wisdom and knowledge. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and honor. No king who lived before you has ever had so much wealth and honor. And no king in the future will have as much wealth and honor.” 13So, Solomon went to the place of worship at Gibeon. Then Solomon left the Meeting Tent and went back to Jerusalem to rule as king of Israel. 14Solomon started gathering horses and chariots for his army. Solomon got 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horse soldiers. Solomon put them in the chariot cities. Solomon also put some of them in Jerusalem where the king’s home was. 15In Jerusalem, Solomon gathered a lot of gold and silver. There was so much gold and silver that it was as common as rocks. Solomon gathered a lot of cedar wood. There was so much cedar that it was as common as sycamore trees in the western hill country. 16Solomon brought in horses from Egypt and Kue. The king’s businessmen bought the horses in Kue. 17Solomon’s businessmen bought a chariot from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150 shekels of silver. The businessmen then sold the horses and chariots to all the kings of the Hittite people and to the kings of Aram.
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