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25 Then the king said: “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”

26 Then the woman whose son was the living one spoke up to the king—for her heart grew tender for her son—and said, “My lord, please! Give her the living child! Only don’t kill him!”

But the other said, “It will be neither mine nor yours! Cut it in two!”

27 Then the king responded by saying, “Give her the living child and certainly don’t kill him. She is the mother.”

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