1 Kings 3: What Shall I Give Thee?

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 104–105


If you could have anything you wanted from the Lord, what would you ask for? Why? Chapter 3 of 1 Kings records that Solomon had this opportunity. See how his desire compares with your own.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Kings 3

Statutes (vv. 3, 14)Laws 
Thy servant (v. 7)Me (referring to self) 
Discern (vv. 9, 11)Tell the difference 
Delivered of a child (v. 17)Gave birth 
Thine handmaid (v. 20)I (referring to self) 
Give my child suck (v. 21)Feed my child 
Bowels yearned (v. 26)Emotions were strong 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study 1 Kings 3.

Activity A iconBefore, During, and After

In 1 Kings 3, Solomon had a special experience with the Lord in a dream. Answer the following questions about this experience:

Before. What had already happened to show Solomon how difficult it is to be king?

During. Why do you think Solomon asked for an understanding heart rather than anything else? What things did the Lord seem pleased that Solomon did not ask for?

After. How did Solomon demonstrate that he had received this spiritual gift at the beginning of his reign?

Activity B iconHow Do I Develop Wisdom?

Read the following scriptures and list what they say you can do to increase your wisdom and understanding: Alma 37:35–37; Doctrine and Covenants 89:18–21; 136:32–33.