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| Book of 1 Kings|
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- 1 Kings 3:16-28 [ Verse 22 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
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- 16 Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. 17 The one woman said, "Oh, my lord, this F49 woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. 18 "It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house. 19 "This woman's son died in the night, because she lay on it. 20 "So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom. 21 "When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne." 22 Then the other woman said, "No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son." But the F50 first woman said, "No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son." Thus they spoke before the king. 23 Then the king said, "The F51 one says, `This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one'; and the F51 other says, `No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.' " 24 The king said, "Get me a sword." So they brought a sword before the king. 25 The king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other." 26 Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she R155 F52 was deeply stirred over her son and said, "Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him." But the other said, "He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!" 27 Then the king said, "Give the F53 first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother." 28 When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed F54 down, they feared the king, for they R156 saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer F55 justice.
F49 Lit I and this woman
F50 Lit this one was saying
F51 Lit this one
F52 Lit her compassion grew warm
F53 Lit her the living child
F54 Lit judged
F55 Lit do
R155 Genesis 43:30; Isaiah 49:15; Jeremiah 31:20; Hosea 11:8
R156 1 Kings 3:9,11,12; Daniel 1:17; Colossians 2:2,3
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