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And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
Then Solomon spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness.
But the ark of God had David brought up from Kirjathjearim to the place which David had prepared for it: for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem.
Moreover the brazen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto it.
And Solomon went up thither to the brazen altar before the LORD, which was at the tabernacle of the congregation, and offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it.
In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast showed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:
Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Then Solomon came from his journey to the high place that was at Gibeon to Jerusalem, from before the tabernacle of the congregation, and reigned over Israel.
And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycamore trees that are in the vale for abundance.
And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
And they fetched up, and brought forth out of Egypt a chariot for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so brought they out horses for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, by their means.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

Introduction to II Chronicles

I and II Chronicles were originally one book. The Introduction to the book of I Chronicles contains additional information relevant to both books. Both I and II Chronicles undoubtedly contain material from many accounts written during the period from David’s reign to the exile, but the two books were most likely brought into their present form by Ezra the scribe for use by the returning exiles who were rebuilding Jerusalem and its temple.

This second book of Chronicles begins with the reign of King Solomon and continues to document the Davidic dynasty in Jerusalem until the invasion of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar who captured Judah’s nobles and all the best of her population and took them to Babylon. Although ancient chronology is always somewhat uncertain, the generally accepted date for the fall of Jerusalem under Zedekiah is about 586 B.C.

There are a number of apparent contradictions between the histories of Chronicles and those of Samuel and Kings. Most of these are only superficial, and can be easily resolved on closer study. However, a significant number have to do with numerical quantities, which are in clear conflict. These can usually best be explained in terms of copyists’ errors. Hebrew numbers are very susceptible to being misread, especially if the manuscript is old and worn, as it would have been in the time when manuscripts were few and had to be laboriously copied by hand. Some of these apparent contradictions are discussed in the footnotes attached to the specific texts in question. It is important to remember that the doctrine of inspiration and inerrancy applies only to the original autographs, rather than to any particular copy or translation. Nevertheless the ancient scribes were very meticulous and any copyist errors are few and far between. We can have confidence that Chronicles, as well as all other books of the Bible, have been preserved substantially intact. The present Authorized Version still gives overwhelming evidence of inerrant inspiration, even in such books as II Chronicles.

1:9 dust of the earth. Israel now had the largest population of its history, in addition to the conquered peoples in its territory, but “the dust of the earth” is obviously an exaggeration. The doctrine of inerrancy, of course, applies not to the accuracy of Solomon’s metaphor, but to the accuracy of the reporting of his metaphor.

l:10 Give me now wisdom. Solomon followed the advice and prayer of his father David (I Chronicles 22:11-13).

1:12 Wisdom and knowledge. God does honor our desire and prayers for divine wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-6; James 1:5-6).

1:16 horses brought out of Egypt. Solomon disobeyed God’s law as given to Moses in acquiring so many horses, especially in getting them out of Egypt, just as he disobeyed later when he began to multiply wives to himself (Deuteronomy 17:16,17).

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