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1 Kings 3:9

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Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Children;   Communion;   Dream;   Heart;   Judge;   Knowledge;   Prayer;   Solomon;   Wisdom;   Scofield Reference Index - Bible Prayers;   Thompson Chain Reference - Choice;   Discernment-Dullness;   Earnest Suppliants;   Earnestness-Indifference;   Insight;   Prayer;   Seven;   Solomon;   Spiritual;   Wise;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Dreams;   Justice;   Magistrates;   Prayer, Answers to;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Dream;   Heart;   Judgment;   King;   Solomon;   Wisdom;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Good, Goodness;   Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Prayer;   Wisdom;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Adam (1);   Ecclesiastes, the Book of;   Judges;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Gift, Giving;   Intercession;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Prayer;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Judges;   Justice;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Hardening of Heart;   Worldliness (2);   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Dream;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Government of the Hebrews;   Wisdom (1);  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Divide;   Good;   Great;   Intercession;   Wisdom of Solomon, the;  

Contextual Overview

9So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart [with which] to judge Your people, so that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge and rule this great people of Yours?"9Therfor thou schalt yyue to thi seruaunt an herte able to be tauyt, `that is, liytned of thee, that he may deme the puple, and iuge bitwixe good and yuel; for who may deme this puple, thi puple, this miche puple?9 So I ask you to give me the wisdom to rule and judge them well and to help me know the difference between right and wrong. Without such great wisdom, it would be impossible to rule this great nation." 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?" 9 "Here's what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?" 9So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?" 9 Giue therefore vnto thy seruant an vnderstanding heart, to iudge thy people, that I may discerne betweene good & bad: for who is able to iudge this thy mightie people? 9 Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people and to discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this your great people? 9 Give Thy servant therefore an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this Thy great people?'

Bible Verse Review

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Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
Give therefore 1 Chronicles 22:12; 29:19; 2 Chronicles 1:10; Psalms 119:34,73,144; Proverbs 2:3-9; 3:13-18; Proverbs 16:16; James 1:5; 3:17
understanding
Heb. hearing.
Proverbs 20:12
to judge
28; Psalms 72:1,2; Proverbs 14:8; Ecclesiastes 7:11,19; 9:15-18; John 5:30
discern
2 Samuel 14:17; Isaiah 11:2-4; 1 Corinthians 2:14,15; Ephesians 5:17; Philippians 1:10; *Gr:; Hebrews 5:14
who is able
Exodus 3:11,12; 4:10-13; Jeremiah 1:6; Matthew 3:11,14; 2 Corinthians 2:16; 3:5
Reciprocal: Genesis 12:2 - GeneralExodus 18:17 - not good;  Exodus 18:21 - able men;  Exodus 31:3 - filled;  Deuteronomy 34:9 - full of the spirit;  1 Kings 3:11 - discern;  1 Kings 5:7 - a wise son;  1 Kings 7:7 - of judgment;  1 Kings 10:24 - which God;  2 Kings 2:9 - Elisha said;  2 Kings 15:5 - judging;  1 Chronicles 11:2 - ruler;  2 Chronicles 32:4 - find;  Job 28:12 - GeneralPsalm 119:66 - Teach me;  Proverbs 1:2 - GeneralProverbs 2:6 - the Lord;  Proverbs 8:15 - decree;  Proverbs 18:15 - GeneralProverbs 25:2 - the honour;  Ecclesiastes 10:10 - wisdom;  Isaiah 11:3 - and he shall not;  Daniel 9:12 - our judges;  Matthew 12:42 - hear;  Romans 16:19 - yet;  1 Corinthians 3:10 - as a;  Colossians 3:16 - all

Cross-References

Genesis 3:12
And the man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me -- she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate it."
Genesis 3:12
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:12
And Adam seide, The womman which thou yauest felowe to me, yaf me of the tre, and Y eet.
Genesis 3:12
The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."
Genesis 3:12
The Man said, "The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it." God said to the Woman, "What is this that you've done?"
Genesis 3:12
The man said, "The woman you put here with me - she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
Genesis 3:12
The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate."
Genesis 3:12
Then the man saide, The woman which thou gauest to be with me, she gaue me of the tree, and I did eate.
Genesis 3:12
And Adam said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:12
The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."

Gill's Notes on the Bible

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people,.... Not an understanding of things spiritual, nor of things natural, though both were given him, but of things political, what related to the civil government, that he might be able to judge or rule the people of Israel in the best manner:

that I may discern between good and bad; not merely between moral good and evil, of which he had a discernment; but between right and wrong in any case or controversy that came before him between man and man, that so he might be able to pass a right sentence, and do justice to every one:

for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? who are so very numerous, and have so many causes to be heard and and those many of them very intricate and difficult; so that no man is equal to such arduous work, unless he has more than an ordinary capacity given him by the Lord.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

One of the chief functions of the Oriental monarch is always to hear and decide causes. Hence, supreme magistrates were naturally called “judges.” (See the introduction to the Book of Judges.) In the minds of the Jews the “judge” and the “prince” were always closely associated, the direct cognisance of causes being constantly taken by their chief civil governors. (See Exodus 2:14; Exodus 18:16, Exodus 18:22; 1 Samuel 8:20; 2 Samuel 15:2-6.)

Good and bad - i. e. “right and wrong,” “justice and injustice.”

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Give - an understanding heart to judge thy people - He did not ask wisdom in general, but the true science of government. This wisdom he sought, and this wisdom he obtained.