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25 (receiving a sword) Cut the living child in half, and give each woman one of the halves.

26 The woman who truly was the mother of the living child was overcome with compassion and pleaded with the king.

First Woman: Please don’t cut the child in half! Just give the whole child to her! Please do not kill him!

Second Woman: Nonsense! The child will belong to neither one of us! Cut him in half!

Solomon: 27 The living child belongs to the first woman. Give the boy to her, and do not harm him. She is the true mother.

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