Thomson(i) 1 When the authority of Solomon son of David was firmly established over his kingdom, and the Lord his God, being with him, had magnified him exceedingly, 2 Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds and to the judges and to all the chiefs before Israel, namely the heads of the patriarchal families; 3 and he and all the congregation went to the high place at Gabaon, at which place was the tabernacle of the testimony of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness. 4 [But David had brought the ark of God from the city Kariathiarim, for he had provided for it; for he had erected for it a tabernacle at Jerusalem.] 5 The brasen altar also, which Beseleel son of arias son of Or had made, was there before the tabernacle of the Lord. To this therefore Solomon and the congregation repaired. 6 And he made an offering there on the brasen altar before the Lord, on that at the tabernacle. And when he had offered upon it a thousand victims 7 God appeared to Solomon that night and said to him, Ask what I shall give thee. 8 Thereupon Solomon said to God, Thou hast shewn great kindness to my father David, and hast made me king in his stead, 9 now therefore, Lord my God, let thy name I beseech thee be established on my father David. Seeing thou hast made me king over a people numerous as the dust of the earth, 10 grant me now wisdom and understanding that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people which is so great? 11 And God said to Solomon, Because this hath been in thy heart; and thou hast not asked wealth nor glory nor the life of thy enemies; nor even asked long life; but hast asked for thyself wisdom and understanding that thou mayst judge my people over whom I have made thee king: 12 Wisdom and understanding I now give thee: And I will give thee riches and wealth and glory, such as none of the kings who were before thee have had; nor shall any after thee have the like. 13 Then Solomon came to Jerusalem, from the high place at Gabaon, which is before the tabernacle of the testimony; and reigned over Israel. 14 And Solomon collected chariots, and horsemen, and he had fourteen hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. Those he left in the chariot cities; but the people were with the king in Jerusalem. 15 And the king made silver and gold as plenteous at Jerusalem as stones; and cedars in Judea, like the sykamine trees in the plain for abundance. 16 Now Solomon's horses came up out of Egypt: and this was the price allowed to the king's merchants for going. 17 They purchased, and came up, and brought out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. And at that rate they were brought for all the kings of the Chettites, and by their means for the kings of Syria.