Sometime later, two prostitutes came and stood before the king. One ofthem said, “Please, Your Majesty, listen: This woman and I have beenliving in the same house. I gave birth while she was there. This woman gave birth three days after I did. We stayed together. Apart from the two of us, there was no one else in the house. This woman’s son died onenight when she rolled over him. She got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I was asleep. She laid him on her chest and laid her dead son on mine. When I got up in the morning to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the daylight, it turned out that it wasn’t my son—not the baby I had birthed.” The other woman said, “No! My son is alive! Your son is the dead one.” But the first woman objected, “No! Your son is dead! My son is alive!” In this way they argued back and forth in front of the king.
The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead.’The other one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and my son is alive.’ Get mea sword!” They brought a sword to the king. Then the king said, “Cut theliving child in two! Give half to one woman and half to the other woman.”
Then the woman whose son was still alive said to the king, “Please, Your Majesty, give her the living child; please don’t kill him,” for she had greatlove for her son. But the other woman said, “If I can’t have him, neitherwill you. Cut the child in half.”Then the king answered, “Give the first woman the living newborn. Don’tkill him. She is his mother.”
All Israel heard about the judgment that the king made. Their respect forthe king grew because they saw that God’s wisdom was in him so hecould execute justice.
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Kids' Song: God's Love is For Everybody
Teach us to listen, Lord. Quiet the noise of our lives so we can hear your voice. Amen.