42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 11:42

Commentary on 1 Kings 11:41-43

(Read 1 Kings 11:41-43)

Solomon's reign was as long as his father's, but his life was not so. Sin shortened his days. If the world, with all its advantages, could satisfy the soul, and afford real joy, Solomon would have found it so. But he was disappointed in all, and to warn us, has left this record of all earthly enjoyments, "Vanity and vexation of spirit." The New Testament declares that one greater than Solomon is come to reign over us, and to possess the throne of his father David. May we not see something of Christ's excellency faintly represented to us in this figure?