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2 Chronicles 1



Verses 1-17


Solomon's wisdom and wealth (1:1-17)

The writer of Chronicles is chiefly concerned with the continuation of the dynasty of David through Solomon according to God's promise, and therefore he omits stories that he considers irrelevant to his theme. He says nothing of Adonijah's attempt to gain the throne, and nothing of Solomon's alliance with Egypt (1 Kings 1:1-3:3). His initial emphasis is rather on Solomon's devotion to God from the very beginning of his reign.

To demonstrate Solomon's devotion, the writer records the impressive ceremony Solomon arranged at the tabernacle in Gibeon and his commendable request for God's wisdom in ruling Israel (1:1-13; see notes on 1 Kings 3:4-15). However, the writer omits the examples given in 1Ki_3:16-28; 1Ki_4:1-34 that show Solomon's wisdom at work in the everyday affairs of the people, in his overall administration of the kingdom, and in his writings and songs.

Before describing Solomon's plans for building the temple, the writer shows that under Solomon Israel enjoyed stability and prosperity. Such a king was well able to carry out the temple building program successfully (14-17; see notes on 1 Kings 10:26-29).


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Flemming, Donald C. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 1:4". "Brideway Bible Commentary". 2005.

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