The king went to Gibeon(A) to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared(B) to Solomon during the night in a dream,(C) and God said, “Ask(D) for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful(E) to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son(F) to sit on his throne this very day.

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child(G) and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen,(H) a great people, too numerous to count or number.(I) So give your servant a discerning(J) heart to govern your people and to distinguish(K) between right and wrong. For who is able(L) to govern this great people of yours?”

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