Solomon had a lot to learn (he was still offering sacrifices on the high places), but the wisdom from the LORD would guide him.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 3:4-13

ESV Text: 1 Kings 3:4-13

1 Kings 3:4–13 (Listen)

And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

     5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 294:
O Word of God Incarnate

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Word of God Incarnate, 
O Wisdom from on high, 
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, 
O Light of our dark sky, 
We praise Thee for the radiance 
That from the hallowed page, 
A lantern to our footsteps 
Shines on from age to age. 

2. The Church from her dear Master 
Received the gift divine, 
And still that light she lifteth 
O’er all the earth to shine. 
It is the golden casket 
Where gems of truth are stored; 
It is the heaven-drawn picture 
Of Christ, the living Word. 

3. It floateth like a banner 
Before God’s host unfurled; 
It shineth like a beacon 
Above the darkling world. 
It is the chart and compass 
That o’er life’s surging sea, 
‘Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, 
Still guides, O Christ, to thee. 

3. It floateth like a banner 
Before God’s host unfurled; 
It shineth like a beacon 
Above the darkling world. 
It is the chart and compass 
That o’er life’s surging sea, 
‘Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, 
Still guides, O Christ, to thee. 

4. O make thy church, dear Saviour, 
A lamp of purest gold, 
To bear before the nations 
Thy true light, as of old. 
O teach thy wand’ring pilgrims 
By this their path to trace, 
Till, clouds and darkness ended, 
They see thee face to face. 


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