1 Solʹomon the son of David grew ever stronger in his kingship, and Jehovah his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
2 Solʹomon sent for all Israel, the chiefs of the thousands and of the hundreds, the judges, and all the chieftains of all Israel, the heads of the paternal houses.
3 Then Solʹomon and all the congregation went to the high place at Gibʹeon, for that was where the tent of meeting of the true God was, which tent Moses the servant of Jehovah had made in the wilderness.
4 However, David had brought the Ark of the true God up from Kirʹiath-jeʹarim to the place that David had prepared for it; he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.
5 And the copper altar that Bezʹalel the son of Uʹri the son of Hur had made had been put before the tabernacle of Jehovah; and Solʹomon and the congregation would pray before it.
6 Solʹomon now made offerings there before Jehovah, and he offered up 1,000 burnt offerings on the copper altar of the tent of meeting.
7 That night God appeared to Solʹomon and said to him: “Ask what you would like me to give you.”
8 At this Solʹomon said to God: “You have shown great loyal love toward my father David, and you have made me king in his place.
9 Now, O Jehovah God, let your promise to David my father prove faithful, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust particles of the earth.
10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to lead this people, for who can possibly judge this great people of yours?”
11 Then God said to Solʹomon: “Because this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches, and honor or for the death of those hating you, nor have you asked for a long life, but you have asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge my people over whom I have made you king,
12 wisdom and knowledge will be given you; but I will also give you wealth and riches and honor such as no kings before you have had and none after you will have.”
13 So Solʹomon came from the high place at Gibʹeon, from before the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem; and he reigned over Israel.
14 Solʹomon kept accumulating chariots and horses; he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses, and he kept them stationed in the chariot cities and close by the king in Jerusalem.
15 The king made the silver and the gold in Jerusalem as plentiful as the stones, and cedarwood as plentiful as the sycamore trees in the Shepheʹlah.
16 The horses of Solʹomon had been imported from Egypt, and the company of the king’s merchants would obtain the horses in droves for one price.
17 Each chariot imported from Egypt cost 600 silver pieces, and a horse cost 150; in turn, they would export them to all the kings of the Hitʹtites and the kings of Syria.