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1 Kings 3:8-9

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3:8 Your servant stands 1  among your chosen people; 2  they are a great nation that is too numerous to count or number. 3:9 So give your servant a discerning mind 3  so he can make judicial decisions for 4  your people and distinguish right from wrong. 5  Otherwise 6  no one is able 7  to make judicial decisions for 8  this great nation of yours.” 9 

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

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

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

4 tn Heb “to judge.”

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

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

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

8 tn Heb “to judge.”

9 tn Heb “your numerous people.”



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