Updated: Sep 8
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INTRODUCTION. In order to secure his throne, Solomon began his reign by either
removing from office or executing his father's enemies. He chose Benaiah, one of
David's captains, to carry out his orders for the purge, then he appointed him com-
mander of the army (I Kings 2:13-46).
Early in his reign Solomon went to Gibeon, a city about six miles northwest of Jeru-
salem, to sacrifice, for at this time the tabernacle was there. As Solomon offered his
sacrifices, the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked what He should give him.
Solomon's answer was one of complete humility.