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25 The king said, ‘Divide the living boy in two; then give half to one, and half to the other.’ 26 But the woman whose son was alive said to the king—because compassion for her son burned within her—‘Please, my lord, give her the living boy; certainly do not kill him!’ The other said, ‘It shall be neither mine nor yours; divide it.’ 27 Then the king responded: ‘Give the first woman the living boy; do not kill him. She is his mother.’

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