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
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 resolve.
9:8 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 and
(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
9:10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of
Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought d algum
trees and precious stones.
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 Judah.
(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.
9:15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets [of] beaten gold:
g six hundred [shekels] of beaten gold went to one
(g) Which amounts to 2400 crowns of the sun.
(h) Or pounds, called mina, of which every one seemed to
make a hundred shekels.
9:18 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 stays:
(i) That is, the steps and the footstool were fastened to
(k) Upon the pommels or knops.
9:21 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
(l) Which is thought by the best writers to be Cilicia,
9:25 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 (1Ki 4:26).
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 abundance.
(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
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?