9:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to a prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
(a) To know whether his wisdom was as great as
the report was.
9:2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and
there was b nothing hid from Solomon
which he told her not.
(b) There was no question so hard that he did not
Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his c
throne, [to be] king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to
establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment
(c) Meaning, that the Israelites were God's
peculiar people, and that kings are the lieutenants of God, who ought to grant
to him the superiority and administer justice to all.
9:10 And the servants
also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir,
brought d algum trees and precious
(d) Read (
9:11 And the king made [of] the algum trees e
terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and
psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of
(e) Or pillars: meaning the garnishing and
trimming of the stairs or pillars.
9:12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of
Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, f
beside [that] which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away
to her own land, she and her servants.
(f) That is, which the king gave her for
recompense of the treasure which she brought.
And king Solomon made two hundred targets [of] beaten gold: g
six hundred [shekels] of beaten gold went to one target.
(g) Which amounts to 2400 crowns of the sun.
(h) Or pounds, called mina, of which every one
seemed to make a hundred shekels.
And [there were] six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, [which were]
i fastened to the throne, and stays on
each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the k
(i) That is, the steps and the footstool were
fastened to the throne.
(k) Upon the pommels or knops.
For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three
years once came the ships of l Tarshish
bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
(l) Which is thought by the best writers to be
Cilicia, (1 Kings
And Solomon had m four thousand stalls
for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the
chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
(m) That is, ten horses in every stable, which in
all amounts to 40,000 as in (1 Kings
9:27 And the king made
silver in Jerusalem n as stones, and
cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that [are] in the low plains in
(n) The abundance of those temporal treasures in
Solomon's kingdom is a figure of the spiritual treasures which the elect
will enjoy in the heavens under the true Solomon, Christ.
9:29 Now the rest of
the acts of Solomon, first and last, [are] they not written in the book of
Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the
visions of Iddo the seer o against
Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
(o) That is, who prophesied against him.