1 Kings 3:9
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New International Version
So 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?"


New American Standard Bible
"So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"


King James Bible
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?


Holman Christian Standard Bible
So give Your servant an obedient heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"


International Standard Version
So give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, so I can discern between good and evil. Otherwise, how will I be able to govern this great people of yours?"


American Standard Version
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?


Douay-Rheims Bible
Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, and discern between good and evil. For who shall be able to judge this people, thy people which is so numerous?


Darby Bible Translation
Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, to discern between good and bad; for who is able to judge this thy numerous people?


Young's Literal Translation
and Thou hast given to Thy servant an understanding heart, to judge Thy people, to discern between good and evil; for who is able to judge this Thy great people?'
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Context
Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom

6And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you; and you have kept for him this great kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the middle of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people?
Cross References
Hebrews 5:14
But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.


James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.


2 Samuel 14:17
Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD your God will be with you.


1 Kings 3:10
And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.


1 Kings 3:28
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.


1 Kings 10:24
And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.


1 Chronicles 22:12
Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.


2 Chronicles 1:10
Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this your people, that is so great?


Psalm 72:1
Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son.


Psalm 72:2
He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment.


Treasury of Scripture

Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this your so great a people?

Give therefore

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God.

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things...

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this your people...

Psalm 119:34,73,144 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; yes, I shall observe it with my whole heart...

Proverbs 2:3-9 Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding...

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding...

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

understanding [heb] hearing

Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

to judge

1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king...

Psalm 72:1,2 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son...

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Ecclesiastes 7:11,19 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun...

Ecclesiastes 9:15-18 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man...

John 5:30 I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will...

discern

2 Samuel 14:17 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God...

Isaiah 11:2-4 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might...

1 Corinthians 2:14,15 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them...

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age...

who is able

Exodus 3:11,12 And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt...

Exodus 4:10-13 And Moses said to the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since you have spoken to your servant...

Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Matthew 3:11,14 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear...

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the smell of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Strong's Concordance
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?
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Able Bad Discern Discerning Distinguish Evil Govern Hast Heart Judge Judging Mind Numerous Servant Understanding Wise Wrong Yours
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1 Kings Chapter 3 Verse 9

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OT History: 1 Kings 3:9 Give your servant therefore an understanding heart (1Ki iKi i Ki 1 Kg 1kg)
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