First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

A reading from the first book of Kings.

In Gibeon God appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.  God said, “Ask what you would like me to do for you.”  Solomon replied, “O Sovereign God, you have made me ruler to succeed David, my father.  But I am a mere youth, not knowing how to act.  I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be counted or numbered.  Give me, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to discern between right and wrong.  For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

It pleased God that Solomon should make such a request.  “Since you have asked for this – not for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies, but for understanding

so that you may know what is right – I will do as you have requested.  I will give you a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you.

The Word of God recorded in the first book of Kings.