17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: 1st Reading

1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.
God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
Solomon answered:
   “O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king
   to succeed my father David;
   but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
   a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
   to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.
For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”

The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request.
So God said to him:
   “Because you have asked for this—
   not for a long life for yourself,
   nor for riches,
   nor for the life of your enemies,
   but for understanding so that you may know what is right—
   I do as you requested.
I give you a heart so wise and understanding
   that there has never been anyone like you up to now,
   and after you there will come no one to equal you.”