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1 Kings 4:29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

1 Kings 3:9 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern you people and to distinguish between right and wrong.


Solomon is known for his great wisdom. The Bible calls him the wisest man ever to live. In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon asks God to give him a discerning heart. Many translations of the Bible refer to Solomon’s request as a “hearing heart.” Solomon held a rare skill, he not only listened well with his ears but could listen with his heart. True wisdom comes not only from raw intellect but from having a deeper understanding of the emotions and feelings of those around us.