Solomon marrieth Pharao's daughter. He sacrificeth in Gabaon: in the choice which God gave him he preferreth wisdom. His wise judgment between the two harlots.
 And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon, and he made affinity with Pharao the king of Egypt: for he took his daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
Confirmatum est igitur regnum in manu Salomonis, et affinitate conjunctus est Pharaoni regi Aegypti : accepit namque filiam ejus, et adduxit in civitatem David, donec compleret aedificans domum suam, et domum Domini, et murum Jerusalem per circuitum.
 But yet the people sacrificed in the high places: for there was no temple built to the name of the Lord until that day.
Attamen populus immolabat in excelsis : non enim aedificatum erat templum nomini Domini usque in diem illum.
 And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the precepts of David his father, only he sacrificed in the high places: and burnt incense.
Dilexit autem Salomon Dominum, ambulans in praeceptis David patris sui, excepto quod in excelsis immolabat, et accendebat thymiama.
 He went therefore to Gabaon, to sacrifice there: for that was the great high place: a thousand victims for holocausts did Solomon offer upon that altar in Gabaon.
Abiit itaque in Gabaon, ut immolaret ibi : illud quippe erat excelsum maximum : mille hostias in holocaustum obtulit Salomon super altare illud in Gabaon.
 And the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, saying: Ask what thou wilt that I should give thee.
Apparuit autem Dominus Salomoni per somnium nocte, dicens : Postula quod vis ut dem tibi.
 And Solomon said: Thou hast shewn great mercy to thy servant David my father, even at, he walked before thee in truth, and justice, and an upright heart with thee: and thou hast kept thy great mercy for him, and hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
Et ait Salomon : Tu fecisti cum servo tuo David patre meo misericordiam magnam, sicut ambulavit in conspectu tuo in veritate, et justitia, et recto corde tecum : custodisti ei misericordiam tuam grandem, et dedisti ei filium sedentem super thronum ejus, sicut est hodie.
 And now, O Lord God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a child, and know not how to go out and come in.
Et nunc Domine Deus, tu regnare fecisti servum tuum pro David patre meo : ego autem sum puer parvulus, et ignorans egressum et introitum meum.
 And thy servant is in the midst of the people which thou hast chosen, an immense people, which cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.
Et servus tuus in medio est populi, quem elegisti, populi infiniti, qui numerari et supputari non potest prae multitudine.
 Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, and discern between good and evil. For who shall be able to judge this people, thy people which is so numerous?
Dabis ergo servo tuo cor docile, ut populum tuum judicare possit, et discernere inter bonum et malum. Quis enim poterit judicare populum istum, populum tuum hunc multum?
 And the word was pleasing to the Lord that Solomon had asked such a thing.
Placuit ergo sermo coram Domino, quod Salomon postulasset hujuscemodi rem.
 And the Lord said to Solomon: Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life or riches, nor the lives of thy enemies, but hast asked for thyself wisdom to discern judgment,
Et dixit Dominus Salomoni : Quia postulasti verbum hoc, et non petisti tibi dies multos, nec divitias, aut animas inimicorum tuorum, sed postulasti tibi sapientiam ad discernendum judicium :
 Behold I have done for thee according to thy words, and have given thee a wise and understanding heart, insomuch that there hath been no one like thee before thee, nor shall arise after thee.
ecce feci tibi secundum sermones tuos, et dedi tibi cor sapiens et intelligens, in tantum ut nullus ante te similis fuerit, nec post te surrecturus sit.
 Yea and the things also which thou didst not ask, I have given thee: to wit riches and glory, as that no one hath been like thee among the kings in all days heretofore.
Sed et haec, quae non postulasti, dedi tibi : divitias scilicet, et gloriam, ut nemo fuerit similis tui in regibus cunctis retro diebus.
 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, and keep my precepts, and my commandments, as thy father walked, I will lengthen thy days.
Si autem ambulaveris in viis meis, et custodieris praecepta mea, et mandata mea, sicut ambulavit pater tuus, longos faciam dies tuos.
 And Solomon awaked, and perceived that it was a dream: and when he was come to Jerusalem, he stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered holocausts, and sacrificed victims of peace offerings, and made a great feast for all his servants.
Igitur evigilavit Salomon, et intellexit quod esset somnium : cumque venisset Jerusalem, stetit coram arca foederis Domini, et obtulit holocausta, et fecit victimas pacificas, et grande convivium universis famulis suis.
 Then there came two women that were harlots, to the king, and stood before him:
Tunc venerunt duae mulieres meretrices ad regem, steteruntque coram eo,
 And one of them said: I beseech thee, my lord, I and this woman dwelt in one house, and I was delivered of a child with her in the chamber.
quarum una ait : Obsecro, mi domine : ego et mulier haec habitabamus in domo una, et peperi apud eam in cubiculo.
 And the third day, after that I was delivered, she also was delivered, and we were together, and no other person with us in the house, only we two.
Tertia autem die postquam ego peperi, peperit et haec : et eramus simul, nullusque alius nobiscum in domo, exceptis nobis duabus.
 And this woman's child died in the night: for in her sleep she overlaid him.
Mortuus est autem filius mulieris hujus nocte. Dormiens quippe oppressit eum.
 And rising in the dead time of the night, she took my child from my side, while I thy handmaid was asleep, and laid it in her bosom: and laid her dead child in my bosom.
Et consurgens intempestae noctis silentio, tulit filium meum de latere meo, ancillae tuae dormientis, et collocavit in sinu suo : suum autem filium, qui erat mortuus, posuit in sinu meo.
 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold it was dead: but considering him more diligently when it was clear day, I found that it was not mine which I bore.
Cumque surrexissem mane ut darem lac filio meo, apparuit mortuus : quem diligentius intuens clara luce, deprehendi non esse meum quem genueram.
 And the other woman answered: It is not so as thou sayest, but thy child is dead, and mine is alive. On the contrary she said: Thou liest: for my child liveth, and thy child is dead. And in this manner they strove before the king.
Responditque altera mulier : Non est ita ut dicis, sed filius tuus mortuus est, meum autem vivit. E contrario illa dicebat : Mentiris : filius quippe meus vivit, et filius tuus mortuus est. Atque in hunc modum contendebant coram rege.
 Then said the king: The one saith, My child is alive, and thy child is dead. And the other answereth: Nay, but thy child is dead, and mine liveth.
Tunc rex ait : Haec dicit : Filius meus vivit, et filius tuus mortuus est : et ista respondit : Non, sed filius tuus mortuus est, meus autem vivit.
 The king therefore said: Bring me a sword. And when they had brought a sword before the king,
Dixit ergo rex : Afferte mihi gladium. Cumque attulissent gladium coram rege,
 Divide, said he, the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
Dividite, inquit, infantem vivum in duas partes, et date dimidiam partem uni, et dimidiam partem alteri.
 But the woman whose child was alive, said to the king, (for her bowels were moved upon her child,) I beseech thee, my lord, give her the child alive, and do not kill it. But the other said: Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
Dixit autem mulier, cujus filius erat vivus, ad regem ( commota sunt quippe viscera ejus super filio suo) : Obsecro, domine, date illi infantem vivum, et nolite interficere eum. E contrario illa dicebat : Nec mihi, nec tibi sit, sed dividatur.
 The king answered, and said: Give the living child to this woman, and let it not be killed, for she is the mother thereof.
Respondit rex, et ait : Date huic infantem vivum, et non occidatur : haec est enim mater ejus.
 And all Israel heard the judgment which the king had judged, and they feared the king, seeing that the wisdom of God was in him to do judgment.
Audivit itaque omnis Israel judicium quod judicasset rex, et timuerunt regem, videntes sapientiam Dei esse in eo ad faciendum judicium.