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Melachim A/I Kings  3:15 - 4:1

Chapter 3

15 Solomon awoke and behold! — it had been a dream; he came to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Covenant of my Lord, and he brought up burnt-offerings and he made peace-offerings, and he made a feast for all his servants.

16 Then two women, innkeepers, came to the king and stood before him.  17 One woman said, "Please, my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house, and I gave birth while with her in the house.  18 On the third day after I gave birth, this woman gave birth, as well - We were together, no outsider was with us in the house, only the two of us were in the house.  19 The son of this woman died at night, because she lay upon him.  20 She arose during the night and took my son from next to me, while your maidservant was asleep, and lay him in her bosom; and her dead son she lay in my bosom.  21 When I got up in the morning to nurse my son, behold! — he was dead; when I studied him in the morning, behold! — it was not the son to whom I had given birth."

22 The other woman said, "It is not so! My son is the live one, and her son is the dead one." But this one said, "It is not so! Your son is the dead one, and my son is the live one!" They went on speaking before the king.

23 The king said, "This one claims, 'This is my son, who is alive, and your son is the dead one,' and this one claims, 'It is not so! Your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.' "  24 So the king said, "Fetch me a sword!" and they brought a sword before the king.

25 The king said, "Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other."

26 The woman whose son was alive said to the king — because her compassion was aroused for her son — and she said, "Please, my lord, give her the living newborn, and do not put it to death!" But the other one said, "Neither mine nor yours shall he be. Cut!"

27 The king spoke up and said, "Give her the living newborn, and do not put it to death - She is his mother."

28 All Israel heard the judgment that the king rendered and they felt awe for the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was within him, to do justice.

Chapter 4

1 So King Solomon was king over all Israel.


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