"A Wise And An Understanding Heart"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 149

Context: Young King Solomon goes to Gibeon to offer sacrifices to God. While he is there, God tells him in a dream that He will grant him a request. Solomon answers humbly that he is only a little child and asks God to give him wisdom and understanding in judging the large Israelite nation, God's people. God is pleased with Solomon's petition because he has not selfishly requested long life, wealth, or the life of his enemies. God tells Solomon:

Behold, I have done according to thy word: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

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