Title
The Bible, 1st Kings (Judgment of King Salomon), Chapter 3, Vers 16-18
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Judgment of Solomon. Pilgrimage church of Frauenberg in Styria (Austria), ceiling fresco in the rectory ("emperor's room"). Unknown 17th century (?) painter. (Cc-by-sa-3.0, GFDL : Yair Haklai)

Greek

16 Τότε ὤφθησαν δύο γυναῖκες πόρναι τῷ βασιλεῖ καὶ ἔστησαν ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ. 
17 καὶ εἶπεν ἡ γυνὴ ἡ μία ᾿Εν ἐμοί, κύριε· ἐγὼ καὶ ἡ γυνὴ αὕτη οἰκοῦμεν ἐν οἴκῳ ἑνὶ καὶ ἐτέκομεν ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ. 
18 καὶ ἐγενήθη ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ τρίτῃ τεκούσης μου καὶ ἔτεκεν καὶ ἡ γυνὴ αὕτη· καὶ ἡμεῖς κατὰ τὸ αὐτό, καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν οὐθεὶς μεθ᾽ ἡμῶν πάρεξ ἀμφοτέρων ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ. 
19 καὶ ἀπέθανεν ὁ υἱὸς τῆς γυναικὸς ταύτης τὴν νύκτα, ὡς ἐπεκοιμήθη ἐπ᾽ αὐτόν· 
20 καὶ ἀνέστη μέσης τῆς νυκτὸς καὶ ἔλαβεν τὸν υἱόν μου ἐκ τῶν ἀγκαλῶν μου καὶ ἐκοίμισεν αὐτὸν ἐν τῷ κόλπῳ αὐτῆς καὶ τὸν υἱὸν αὐτῆς τὸν τεθνηκότα ἐκοίμισεν ἐν τῷ κόλπῳ μου. 
21 καὶ ἀνέστην τὸ πρωὶ θηλάσαι τὸν υἱόν μου, καὶ ἐκεῖνος ἦν τεθνηκώς· καὶ ἰδοὺ κατενόησα αὐτὸν πρωί, καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἦν ὁ υἱός μου, ὃν ἔτεκον.
22 καὶ εἶπεν ἡ γυνὴ ἡ ἑτέρα Οὐχί, ἀλλὰ ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ζῶν, ὁ δὲ υἱός σου ὁ τεθνηκώς. καὶ ἐλάλησαν ἐνώπιον τοῦ βασιλέως. 
23 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς αὐταῖς Σὺ λέγεις Οὗτος ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ζῶν, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς ταύτης ὁ τεθνηκώς· καὶ σὺ λέγεις Οὐχί, ἀλλὰ ὁ υἱός μου ὁ ζῶν, καὶ ὁ υἱός σου ὁ τεθνηκώς. 
24 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς Λάβετέ μοι μάχαιραν· καὶ προσήνεγκαν τὴν μάχαιραν ἐνώπιον τοῦ βασιλέως. 
25 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς Διέλετε τὸ παιδίον τὸ θηλάζον τὸ ζῶν εἰς δύο καὶ δότε τὸ ἥμισυ αὐτοῦ ταύτῃ καὶ τὸ ἥμισυ αὐτοῦ ταύτῃ. 
26 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ἡ γυνή, ἧς ἦν ὁ υἱὸς ὁ ζῶν, καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα, ὅτι ἐταράχθη ἡ μήτρα αὐτῆς ἐπὶ τῷ υἱῷ αὐτῆς, καὶ εἶπεν ᾿Εν ἐμοί, κύριε, δότε αὐτῇ τὸ παιδίον καὶ θανάτῳ μὴ θανατώσητε αὐτόν· καὶ αὕτη εἶπεν Μήτε ἐμοὶ μήτε αὐτῇ ἔστω· διέλετε. 
27 καὶ ἀπεκρίθη ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ εἶπεν Δότε τὸ παιδίον τῇ εἰπούσῃ Δότε αὐτῇ αὐτὸ καὶ θανάτῳ μὴ θανατώσητε αὐτόν· αὐτὴ ἡ μήτηρ αὐτοῦ. 
28 καὶ ἤκουσαν πᾶς Ισραηλ τὸ κρίμα τοῦτο, ὃ ἔκρινεν ὁ βασιλεύς, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν ἀπὸ προσώπου τοῦ βασιλέως, ὅτι εἶδον ὅτι φρόνησις θεοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ τοῦ ποιεῖν δικαίωμα.



Latin

16 tunc venerunt duae mulieres meretrices ad regem steteruntque coram eo
17 quarum una ait obsecro mi domine ego et mulier haec habitabamus in domo una et peperi apud eam in cubiculo
18 tertia vero die postquam ego peperi peperit et haec et eramus simul nullusque alius in domo nobiscum exceptis nobis duabus
19 mortuus est autem filius mulieris huius nocte dormiens quippe oppressit eum
20 et consurgens intempesta nocte silentio tulit filium meum de latere meo ancillae tuae dormientis et conlocavit in sinu suo suum autem filium qui erat mortuus posuit in sinu meo
21 cumque surrexissem mane ut darem lac filio meo apparuit mortuus quem diligentius intuens clara luce deprehendi non esse meum quem genueram
22 responditque altera mulier non est ita sed filius tuus mortuus est meus autem vivit e contrario illa dicebat mentiris filius quippe meus vivit et filius tuus mortuus est atque in hunc modum contendebant coram rege
23 tunc rex ait haec dicit filius meus vivit et filius tuus mortuus est et ista respondit non sed filius tuus mortuus est et filius meus vivit
24 dixit ergo rex adferte mihi gladium cumque adtulissent gladium coram rege
25 dividite inquit infantem vivum in duas partes et date dimidiam partem uni et dimidiam partem alteri
26 dixit autem mulier cuius filius erat vivus ad regem commota sunt quippe viscera eius super filio suo obsecro domine date illi infantem vivum et nolite interficere eum contra illa dicebat nec mihi nec tibi sit dividatur
27 respondens rex ait date huic infantem vivum et non occidatur haec est mater eius
28 audivit itaque omnis Israhel iudicium quod iudicasset rex et timuerunt regem videntes sapientiam Dei esse in eo ad faciendum iudicium

English

16  Then two loose women of the town came and took their places before the king;
17  And one of them said, O my lord, I and this woman are living in the same house; and I gave birth to a child by her side in the house.
18  And three days after the birth of my child, this woman had a child: we were together, no other-person was with us in the house but we two only.
19  In the night, this woman, sleeping on her child, was the cause of its death.
20  And she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while your servant was sleeping; and she took it in her arms and put her dead child in my arms.
21  And when I got up to give my child the breast, I saw that it was dead; but in the morning, looking at it with care, I saw that it was not my son.
22  And the other woman said, No; but the living child is my son and the dead one yours. But the first said, No; the dead child is your son and the living one mine. So they kept on talking before the king.
23  Then the king said, One says, The living child is my son, and yours is the dead: and the other says, Not so; but your son is the dead one and mine is the living.
24  Then he said, Get me a sword. So they went and put a sword before the king.
25  And the king said, Let the living child be cut in two and one half given to one woman and one to the other.
26  Then the mother of the living child came forward, for her heart went out to her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the child; do not on any account put it to death. But the other woman said, It will not be mine or yours; let it be cut in two.
27  Then the king made answer and said, Give her the child, and do not put it to death; she is the mother of it.
28  And news of this decision which the king had made went through all Israel; and they had fear of the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to give decisions.

Hebrew

טז אָז תָּבֹאנָה, שְׁתַּיִם נָשִׁים זֹנוֹת--אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ; וַתַּעֲמֹדְנָה, לְפָנָיו.
יז וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה הָאַחַת, בִּי אֲדֹנִי, אֲנִי וְהָאִשָּׁה הַזֹּאת, יֹשְׁבֹת בְּבַיִת אֶחָד; וָאֵלֵד עִמָּהּ, בַּבָּיִת.
יח וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי, לְלִדְתִּי, וַתֵּלֶד, גַּם-הָאִשָּׁה הַזֹּאת; וַאֲנַחְנוּ יַחְדָּו, אֵין-זָר אִתָּנוּ בַּבַּיִת, זוּלָתִי שְׁתַּיִם-אֲנַחְנוּ, בַּבָּיִת.
יט וַיָּמָת בֶּן-הָאִשָּׁה הַזֹּאת, לָיְלָה, אֲשֶׁר שָׁכְבָה, עָלָיו.
כ וַתָּקָם בְּתוֹךְ הַלַּיְלָה וַתִּקַּח אֶת-בְּנִי מֵאֶצְלִי, וַאֲמָתְךָ יְשֵׁנָה, וַתַּשְׁכִּיבֵהוּ, בְּחֵיקָהּ; וְאֶת-בְּנָהּ הַמֵּת, הִשְׁכִּיבָה בְחֵיקִי.
כא וָאָקֻם בַּבֹּקֶר לְהֵינִיק אֶת-בְּנִי, וְהִנֵּה-מֵת; וָאֶתְבּוֹנֵן אֵלָיו בַּבֹּקֶר, וְהִנֵּה לֹא-הָיָה בְנִי אֲשֶׁר יָלָדְתִּי.
כב וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה הָאַחֶרֶת לֹא כִי, בְּנִי הַחַי וּבְנֵךְ הַמֵּת, וְזֹאת אֹמֶרֶת לֹא כִי, בְּנֵךְ הַמֵּת וּבְנִי הֶחָי; וַתְּדַבֵּרְנָה, לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ.
כג וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ--זֹאת אֹמֶרֶת, זֶה-בְּנִי הַחַי וּבְנֵךְ הַמֵּת; וְזֹאת אֹמֶרֶת לֹא כִי, בְּנֵךְ הַמֵּת וּבְנִי הֶחָי. {פ}
כד וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ, קְחוּ לִי-חָרֶב; וַיָּבִאוּ הַחֶרֶב, לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ.
כה וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ, גִּזְרוּ אֶת-הַיֶּלֶד הַחַי לִשְׁנָיִם; וּתְנוּ אֶת-הַחֲצִי לְאַחַת, וְאֶת-הַחֲצִי לְאֶחָת.
כו וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר-בְּנָהּ הַחַי אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ, כִּי-נִכְמְרוּ רַחֲמֶיהָ עַל-בְּנָהּ, וַתֹּאמֶר בִּי אֲדֹנִי תְּנוּ-לָהּ אֶת-הַיָּלוּד הַחַי, וְהָמֵת אַל-תְּמִיתֻהוּ; וְזֹאת אֹמֶרֶת, גַּם-לִי גַם-לָךְ לֹא יִהְיֶה--גְּזֹרוּ.
כז וַיַּעַן הַמֶּלֶךְ וַיֹּאמֶר, תְּנוּ-לָהּ אֶת-הַיָּלוּד הַחַי, וְהָמֵת, לֹא תְמִיתֻהוּ: הִיא, אִמּוֹ. {ס}
כח וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ כָל-יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֶת-הַמִּשְׁפָּט אֲשֶׁר שָׁפַט הַמֶּלֶךְ, וַיִּרְאוּ, מִפְּנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ: כִּי רָאוּ, כִּי-חָכְמַת אֱלֹהִים בְּקִרְבּוֹ לַעֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט. {ס}

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