1Solomon son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.2Then Solomon spoke to all Israel—to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families—3and Solomon and the whole assembly went to the high place at Gibeon, for God’s tent of meeting was there, which Moses the Lord’s servant had made in the wilderness.4Now David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim to the place he had prepared for it, because he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.5But the bronze altar that Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made was in Gibeon in front of the tabernacle of the Lord; so Solomon and the assembly inquired of him there.6Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.7That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”8Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place.9Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.10Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”11God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,12therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”13Then Solomon went to Jerusalem from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting. And he reigned over Israel.14Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.15The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.16Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.17They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.
2 Chronicles 1
English Standard Version
Solomon Worships at Gibeon
1Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great. (1Ki 2:46; 1Ch 29:25)2Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to all the leaders in all Israel, the heads of fathers’ houses. (1Ch 27:1)3And Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon, for the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness, was there. (Ex 29:10; Le 10:7; Nu 14:10; 1Ki 3:4; 1Ch 16:39; 1Ch 21:29)4(But David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place that David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.) (2Sa 6:2; 1Ch 15:25)5Moreover, the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, had made, was there before the tabernacle of the Lord. And Solomon and the assembly sought it out. (Ex 27:1; Ex 31:2; Ex 38:1; 1Ch 13:3)6And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. (1Ki 3:4)
Solomon Prays for Wisdom
7In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” (1Ki 3:5)8And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. (1Ch 28:5)9O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. (Ge 13:16; 1Ki 8:26; 2Ch 6:17)10Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” (Nu 27:17; De 31:2)11God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, (Ec 5:19; Ec 6:2)12wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” (1Ch 29:25; 2Ch 1:11; 2Ch 9:22)13So Solomon came from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel. (1Ki 3:4; 2Ch 1:3)
Solomon Given Wealth
14Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. (1Ki 4:26; 1Ki 9:19; 1Ki 10:26; 2Ch 9:25)15And the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah.16And Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders would buy them from Kue for a price.17They imported a chariot from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150. Likewise through them these were exported to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.