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1 Kings 3:7-9

3:7 Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in my father David’s place, even though I am only a young man and am inexperienced. 1  3:8 Your servant stands 2  among your chosen people; 3  they are a great nation that is too numerous to count or number. 3:9 So give your servant a discerning mind 4  so he can make judicial decisions for 5  your people and distinguish right from wrong. 6  Otherwise 7  no one is able 8  to make judicial decisions for 9  this great nation of yours.” 10 

1 tn Heb “and I do not know going out or coming in.”

2 tn There is no verb expressed in the Hebrew text; “stands” is supplied in the translation for clarification.

3 tn Heb “your people whom you have chosen.”

4 tn Heb “a hearing heart.” (The Hebrew term translated “heart” often refers to the mental faculties.)

5 tn Heb “to judge.”

6 tn Heb “to understand between good and evil.”

7 tn Heb “for”; the word “otherwise” is used to reflect the logical sense of the statement.

8 tn Heb “who is able?” The rhetorical question anticipates the answer, “no one.”

9 tn Heb “to judge.”

10 tn Heb “your numerous people.”

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