Solomon speaks to his people
1 David's son Solomon made himself strong over his kingdom. The Lord his God was with him. And the Lord made him very great.
1:1King David died about 970 BC. A short time before his death, he made Solomon king of all Israel.
1:1When we write Lord like this, it is a special name for God. Sometimes people write it as ‘Yahweh’, or as ‘Jehovah’. It is his own name that he told Moses. See Exodus 3:14. It means ‘I am who I am’. This shows that God has always been there and he always will be there.
2 Solomon spoke to all the people in Israel. He spoke to the officers who were over groups of 1,000 men. And he spoke to the officers who were over groups of 100 men. He spoke to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel. And he spoke to the leaders of the families. 3 Then Solomon and all those people went to the town called Gibeon. They went to the place for worship there. The tent where God met with his people was there. Moses, the Lord's servant, had made it in the desert. 4 But David had brought God's Covenant Box from Kiriath-Jearim to Jerusalem. David had made a place for it and he had made a tent for it in Jerusalem. 5 But David put the bronze altar that Bezalel had made in Gibeon in front of the Lord's tent. (Bezalel was the son of Uri, who was the son of Hur.) So Solomon and the people went to meet the Lord there. 6 Solomon went up to the bronze altar in front of the Lord. The altar was in front of the holy tent for the people. Solomon burnt 1,000 sacrifices on the altar.