Solomon’s Wise Choice; God’s Generous Gift

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,
because that was the great high place.
Upon its altar Solomon sacrificed a thousand burnt offerings.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.

God said: Whatever you ask I shall give you.

Solomon answered:
“You have shown great kindness to your servant, David my father,
because he walked before you with fidelity, justice, and an upright heart;
and you have continued this great kindness toward him today,
giving him a son to sit upon his throne.

Now, LORD, my God,
you have made me, your servant,
king to succeed David my father;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act—
I, your servant, among the people you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.

Give your servant, therefore, a listening heart
to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil.
For who is able to give judgment for this vast people of yours?”

The Lord was pleased by Solomon’s request. So God said to him:
“Because you asked for this —you did not ask for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies—
but you asked for discernment to know what is right—
I now do as you request.
I give you a heart so wise and discerning that
there has never been anyone like you until now,
nor after you will there be anyone to equal you.
In addition, I give you what you have not asked for:
I give you such riches and glory that among kings
there will be no one like you all your days.”

(I Kings 3:4-13)

[Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.]

[PHOTO is a photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain since its copyright is long expired. Wikimedia commons.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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