Biblical Hebrew Question


In I Kings, Chapter 3:10, the following sentence says:

וַיִּיטַ֥ב הַדָּבָ֖ר בְּעֵינֵ֣י אֲדֹנָ֑י כִּ֚י שָׁאַ֣ל שְׁלֹמֹ֔ה אֶת־הַדָּבָ֖ר הַזֶּֽה׃

My Chevruta and I wondered why G-d’s name is Ad-nai and not YH-VH, as in most, if not all cases of B’einei Hashem.

When I first translated it, I thought Shlomo was speaking “to my Lord,” and then spoke of himself in the 3rd person in the 2nd part of the sentence, as if to say, “May the thing be good in the eyes, of my Lord, because Shlomo [me] asked for this thing.” Similar to a child asking a parent, “Will you see my request as good, because Joey [your son] asked for this thing.”




  1. The correct translation of the verse is, “It was good in the eyes of Hashem that Shlomo asked for this thing [wisdom].”

    There are several different names that are used for God in Tanach. One of them is “Adonai” which means “my Master”. In the context of what is happening, the use of Adonai makes sense, as Shlomo is asking the One who controls him to grant him wisdom.

    Best wishes from the Team