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2 Chronicles 1:9-10

1:9 Now, Lord God, may your promise 1  to my father David be realized, 2  for you have made me king over a great nation as numerous as the dust of the earth. 1:10 Now give me wisdom and discernment so 3  I can effectively lead this nation. 4  Otherwise 5  no one is able 6  to make judicial decisions for 7  this great nation of yours.” 8 

1 tn Heb “you word.”

2 tn Or “be firm, established.”

3 tn The cohortative with prefixed vav (ו) following the imperative here indicates purpose/result.

4 tn Heb “so I may go out before this nation and come in.” The expression “go out…and come in” here means “to lead” (see HALOT 425 s.v. יצא qal.4).

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

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

7 tn Heb “to judge.”

8 tn Heb “these numerous people of yours.”

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