God said to him, “Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, 1
This is a message 1 about the animals in the Negev: Through a land of distress and danger, inhabited by lionesses and roaring lions, 2 by snakes and darting adders, 3 they transport 4 their wealth on the backs of donkeys, their riches on the humps of camels, to a nation that cannot help them. 5
They will discard their silver in the streets, and their gold will be treated like filth. 1 Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s fury. 2 They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs because their wealth 3 was the obstacle leading to their iniquity. 4
Indeed, 1 you had little before I arrived, 2 but now your possessions have increased many times over. 3 The Lord has blessed you wherever I worked. 4 But now, how long must it be before I do something for my own family too?” 5
“Everything is fine,” 1 the man in charge of Joseph’s household told them. “Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks. 2 I had your money.” 3 Then he brought Simeon out to them.
“‘If a resident foreigner who is with you prospers 1 and your brother becomes impoverished with regard to him so that 2 he sells himself to a resident foreigner who is with you or to a member 3 of a foreigner’s family,
You must supply them generously 1 from your flock, your threshing floor, and your winepress – as the Lord your God has blessed you, you must give to them.
with the harvest of the earth and its fullness and the pleasure of him who resided in the burning bush. 1 May blessing rest on Joseph’s head, and on the top of the head of the one set apart 2 from his brothers.
But the olive tree said to them, ‘I am not going to stop producing my oil, which is used to honor gods and men, just to sway above the other trees!’ 1
He took away the treasures of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace; he took everything, including all the golden shields that Solomon had made.
O Lord our God, all this wealth, which we have collected to build a temple for you to honor your holy name, comes from you; it all belongs to you.
The next day they made sacrifices and offered burnt sacrifices to the Lord (1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 lambs), along with their accompanying drink offerings and many other sacrifices for all Israel.
The Lord greatly magnified Solomon before all Israel and bestowed on him greater majesty than any king of Israel before him. 1