3:9 So give your servant a discerning mind 1 so he can make judicial decisions for 2 your people and distinguish right from wrong. 3 Otherwise 4 no one is able 5 to make judicial decisions for 6 this great nation of yours.” 7
1 Kings 3:12Context
3:12 I 8 grant your request, 9 and give 10 you a wise and discerning mind 11 superior to that of anyone who has preceded or will succeed you. 12
1 tn Heb “a hearing heart.” (The Hebrew term translated “heart” often refers to the mental faculties.)
2 tn Heb “to judge.”
3 tn Heb “to understand between good and evil.”
4 tn Heb “for”; the word “otherwise” is used to reflect the logical sense of the statement.
5 tn Heb “who is able?” The rhetorical question anticipates the answer, “no one.”
6 tn Heb “to judge.”
7 tn Heb “your numerous people.”
8 tn This statement is introduced in the Hebrew text by the particle הִנֵּה (hinneh, “look”) which draws attention to and emphasizes what follows.
9 tn Heb “I am doing according to your words.” The perfect tense is sometimes used of actions occurring at the same time a statement is made.
10 tn This statement is introduced by the particle הִנֵּה (hinneh, “look”) which draws attention to and emphasizes what follows. The translation assumes that the perfect tense here indicates that the action occurs as the statement is made (i.e., “right now I give you”).
11 tn Heb “heart.” (The Hebrew term translated “heart” often refers to the mental faculties.)
12 tn Heb “so that there has not been one like you prior to you, and after you one will not arise like you.”