The following commentary covers Chapters 4 and 5.
Chapter 4 contains an
enumeration of the officers who served Solomon, and
upheld the glory of his throne; and then, the manner in
which the whole country provided for the maintenance of
his household, Judah and Israel being multiplied and full
of joy The king's authority extends as far as the
Euphrates. Peace reigns all around. The wisdom and
understanding which God had given him surpassed all that
was known in the world; so that from the ends of the
earth they came to hear the wisdom of his lips.
His proverbs, his songs,
and his knowledge, bore testimony to the excellent spirit
with which God had endowed the king His throne is
established, and the glory of the son of David abounds.
The Gentiles nowthe king of Tyre, emblematic of the
world and its desirable thingsare at Solomon's
disposal, and apply themselves joyfully to the fulfilment
of the king of Israel's projects, and to his service in
building the house of Jehovah.