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Solomon's Wisdom

1 Kings 3

16 Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and g stood before him. 17 And one woman said, "O my lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. 18 "Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together; 1 no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. 19 "And this woman's son died in the night, because she lay on him. 20 "So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21 "And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son whom I had borne." 22 Then the other woman said, "No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son." And the first woman said, "No! But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son." Thus they spoke before the king.

23 And the king said, "The one says, 'This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one'; and the other says, 'No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.' " 24 Then the king said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword before the king. 25 And the king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other." 26 Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for h she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!" But the other said, "Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him." 27 So the king answered and said, "Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother." 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the i wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.

  1. Cross References
    Numbers 27:2
    And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying:
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 43:30
    Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there.
    Isaiah 49:15
    Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.
    Jeremiah 31:20
    Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a pleasant child? For though I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the LORD.
    Hosea 11:8
    How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred.
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 3:9
    "Therefore give to Your servant an understandin...
    1 Kings 3:11
    Then God said to him: "Because you have asked t...
    1 Kings 3:12
    Behold, I have done according to your words; se...
    2 Chronicles 1:12
    "wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I...
    Daniel 1:17
    As for these four young men, God gave them know...
    Colossians 2:2
    That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit...
    Colossians 2:3
    In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom ...
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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