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1 Kings 3:7

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- Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Communion;   Dream;   Humility;   Prayer;   Solomon;   Wisdom;   Scofield Reference Index - Bible Prayers;   Thompson Chain Reference - Earnest Suppliants;   Earnestness-Indifference;   Humble;   Humility;   Humility-Pride;   Leaders;   Prayer;   Religious;   Seven;   Solomon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Dreams;  

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- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Egypt;   Gibeon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Dream;   Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Prayer;   Wisdom;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Child;   Gibeon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ecclesiastes, the Book of;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Intercession;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Prayer;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Solomon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Worldliness (2);   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Dream;  

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7So now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of David my father; and as for me, I am but a little boy [in wisdom and experience]; I do not know how to go out or come in [that is, how to conduct business as a king].7And now, Lord God, thou hast maad thi seruaunt to regne for Dauid, my fadir; forsothe Y am a litil child, and not knowynge myn outgoynge and entryng.7 Lord my God, you have made me the king in my father's place, but I am like a small child. I don't have the wisdom I need to do what I must do. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 7"And now here I am: God , my God, you have made me, your servant, ruler of the kingdom in place of David my father. I'm too young for this, a mere child! I don't know the ropes, hardly know the ‘ins' and ‘outs' of this job. And here I am, set down in the middle of the people you've chosen, a great people—far too many to ever count. 7"Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy seruant King in steade of Dauid my father: and I am but a yong childe, and know not howe to go out and in. 7 And now, O LORD God, thou hast made thy servant king in place of David my father; and I am but a little child; I know not how to go out or come in among thy people, whom thou hast chosen, 7 Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child; I don't know how to go out or come in. 7 And now, O LORD my God, Thou hast made Thy servant king instead of David my father; and I am but a little child; I know not how to go out or come in.

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And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.
thou hast Daniel 2:21; 4:25,32; 5:18,21
a little
1 Chronicles 29:1; Job 32:6-8; Ecclesiastes 10:16; Jeremiah 1:6; Matthew 18:3,4
to go
Numbers 27:17; Deuteronomy 31:2; 1 Samuel 18:16; 2 Samuel 5:2; Psalms 121:8; John 10:3,4,9
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:11 - GeneralDeuteronomy 1:12 - GeneralJudges 11:11 - uttered;  1 Kings 1:37 - As the;  1 Kings 2:2 - and show;  1 Kings 2:24 - set me;  1 Chronicles 4:10 - God granted;  1 Chronicles 22:5 - Solomon;  2 Chronicles 1:9 - for thou hast;  2 Chronicles 6:10 - I am risen;  2 Chronicles 34:1 - eight years;  Isaiah 3:4 - children;  Matthew 18:2 - GeneralActs 1:21 - went;  Acts 9:28 - coming;  James 1:5 - any

Cross-References

Genesis 2:25
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed or embarrassed.
Genesis 2:25
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
Forsothe euer eithir was nakid, that is, Adam and his wijf, and thei weren not aschamed.
Genesis 2:25
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Genesis 2:25
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
And they were both naked, Adam and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Genesis 2:25
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father,.... Removed by death, in whose stead he reigned by the appointment of God, and through his overruling providence, notwithstanding the attempts made to prevent it, and therefore to God he ascribes it:

and I am but a little child; not in age and stature, but in knowledge and understanding; for though his father called him a wise man, and he was judged so by others, and really was one, yet in his own opinion and thought of himself such was his modesty and humility, that he was but a child as to his intellectual powers and capacity for government: some understand this of age; and the Jews commonly say he was but twelve years of age when he was anointed king, which they reckon thus; that he was born at the time that Ammon ravished Tamar, two years after which was Absalom's sheep shearing, when he slew Amnon, on which he fled to Geshur, and was there three years; here are five years; he returned thence and was at Jerusalem two years; lo, seven years; he rebelled and was slain, and after that there was a famine of three years, which make ten; and in the year following David numbered the people, which was nine or ten months in doing; the next year he died, which was the fortieth of his reign, in all twelve years; so reckon Jarchi and Kimchi; and Eupolemus, an Heathen writer, is express for it, who says, that David, when he had reigned forty years, delivered up the kingdom to Solomon his son, being then twelve years of age, which he must receive from the tradition of the Jews; the same is said by several of the ancient fathers, as Ignatius and Jerom; but this cannot be fact; for, if so, his son Rehoboam must be born to him when he was but eleven years of age; See Gill on 1 Kings 3:5; it is best therefore to interpret this of the sense he had of the weakness of his understanding, and of his incapacity for government, as the next clause explains it:

I know not how to go out or come in; in the administration of government, to execute his office as a king, in allusion to shepherds, as kings are sometimes called, going in and out before their sheep.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

See 1 Kings 2:2 note, and on the hyperbole contained in the phrase “little child,” compare Genesis 43:8; Exodus 33:11.

How to go out or come in - This expression is proverbial for the active conduct of affairs. (See the marginal reference.)

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

I know not how to go out or come in - I am just like an infant learning to walk alone, and can neither go out nor come in without help.