1:1 And Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God [was] with him, and magnified him exceedingly.
The Argument - This second book contains in brief the contents of the two
books of the kings: that is, from the reign of Solomon to the destruction of
Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity. In this story some things are told in
more detail than in the books of the kings and therefore help greatly in the
understanding of the prophets. Three things are chiefly to be considered here:
First, that when the godly kings saw the plagues of God prepared against their
country for sin, they turned to the Lord and by earnest prayer were heard, and
the plagues removed. Secondly, while the good rulers always loved the prophets
of God and were zealous to set forth his religion throughout their dominions,
it offended God greatly that the wicked hated his ministers, deposed them and
set up idolatry and attempted served God according to the fantasy of men. Thus
we have the chief acts from the beginning of the world to the rebuilding of
Jerusalem in the 32nd year of Darius, in total 3568 years and six months.
1:2 Then Solomon a
spake unto all Israel, to the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and to the
judges, and to every governor in all Israel, the chief of the fathers.
(a) That is, he proclaimed a solemn sacrifice and
commanded that all should attend.
1:3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with
him, went to the high place that [was] at b
Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle c
of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the
(b) Read (1 Kings
(c) So called, because by it God showed signs of
his presence to the congregation.
1:5 Moreover the d
brasen altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put
before the tabernacle of the LORD: and Solomon and the congregation sought unto
(d) Which was for the burnt offerings, (Exodus
Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be e
established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth
(e) Perform your promise made to my father
1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I
may f go out and come in before this
people: for who can judge this thy people, [that is so] great?
(f) That I may govern this people, (1 Chronicles
27:1; 1 Kings
1:11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in
thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the g
life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom
and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have
made thee king:
(g) That is, to be avenged on your enemies.
And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four
hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he placed in the h
chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
(h) Which were cities appointed to keep and
maintain the chariots.
1:15 And the king made silver and gold at
Jerusalem [as plenteous] as i stones,
and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that [are] in the vale for
(i) He caused so great plenty that it was valued
no more than stones.
1:16 And Solomon had horses brought out of
Egypt, and linen yarn: k the king's
merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
(k) Read (1 Kings