¶ And Salomon the son of David waxed strong in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and magnified him on high. And Salomon communed with all Israel, the captains over thousands and hundreds, the judges and all other lords and ancient heads thorowout all Israel. And so Salomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the hill altar of Gabaon: for there was the tabernacle of witness of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD made in the wilderness. But the Ark of God had David brought from Kariath Iarim, into the place he had prepared therefore. For he had pitched a tent for it at Ierusalem. Moreover the brazen altar that Bezeleel the son of Uri, the son of Or had made, was at Gabaon also, before the tabernacle of the LORD. And Salomon and the congregation went to visit it. And Salomon offered there before the LORD upon the brazen altar that was by the tabernacle of witness, a thousand burntsacrifices. And the same night God appeared unto Salomon and said to him, ask what I shall give thee. And Salomon said unto God: thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me king in his stead. And now LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be true. For thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Wherefore give me wisdom and knowledge how to behave myself unto this people: for who is able to judge this people that is so great? Then God said to Salomon, because thou hadst this in thine heart, and didst not ask treasure and riches, and honour and the lives of thine enemies, neither yet long life: But hast asked wisdom and knowledge, to judge my people, over which I have made thee king: wisdom and knowledge shall be given thee, and I will give thee treasure, riches, and glory also, that among the kings before thee or after thee, none was or shall be like thee.
¶ And so Salomon came from the hillaltar that was at Gabaon to Ierusalem from the tabernacle of witness and reigned at Ierusalem. And Salomon gathered chariots and horsemen: that he had a thousand and four hundredth chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and about the king at Ierusalem. And the king made silver and gold at Ierusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar trees as plenty as the mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. And the horses which Salomon had, were brought him out of Egypt from Keva. The king's merchants fetched them out at Keva at a price. They came and brought out of Egypt a chariot for five hundredth sicles, and an horse for one hundredth and fifty. And so brought they to all the kings of the Hethites and to the kings of Siria thorow the hands of the said merchants.