Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 10:21

All King Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None was of silver; it was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Gold;   King;   Solomon;   Thompson Chain Reference - Luxury;   Pleasure, Worldly;   Self-Indulgence-Self-Denial;   Solomon;   Worldly;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Gold;   Silver;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ecclesiastes;   Sabeans;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - King;   Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Israel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Commerce;   Mizpah;   Nail;   Phoenice;   Silver;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - House of the Forest of Lebanon;   Purity-Purification;   Vessels and Utensils;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bowl;   Government;   House;   Israel;   Mining and Metals;   Sheba, Queen of;   Solomon;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Forest;   Silver;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hiram;   Tyre;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Cup;   Metals;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Commerce;   Forest;   Gold;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And all King Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold,.... Such quantities of it were brought to him from Ophir, and paid to him in tribute, and given him as presents:

and all the vessels of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; not only what were used in his palace at Jerusalem, but in his country house at some little distance:

none were of silver; it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon; to make plate of; or silver plate was but little esteemed, and scarce any use of it made in Solomon's palace, if at all: though doubtless it was elsewhere, and especially silver as money.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-10.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

Nothing — Comparatively. Such hyperbolical expressions are frequent both in scripture and other authors. But if gold in abundance, would make silver seem so despicable, shall not wisdom and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, make gold seem much more so?

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-10.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 10:21 And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels [were of] gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon [were of] pure gold; none [were of] silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

Ver. 21. And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold.] This was both for state and wholesomeness, if that be true which is reported, viz., that if poison be put into a cup of pure gold it hisseth, and so discovereth itself to be poison. Of Prester John, the lord of Africa, it is reported, that as for his scutcheon of arms (guard) he hath a lion standing, and holding in his paw a cross lifted up: so in his greatest solemnities, he causeth to be carried before him a golden cup filled within with dirt, and without also bedaubed therewith, yet so as that the gold appeareth; near unto this cup is carried a rich crucifix: and all to set forth the condition of man, who did once and should still shine as gold, but it is both within and without polluted with sin, till restored by Christ crucified, &c. (a) It is fore-prophesied by Zechariah, that in the days of the gospel every pot and bowl in Jerusalem shall be "holiness to the Lord." [Zechariah 14:20-21] This is "better than gold, yea, than fine gold."

It was nothing accounted of.] It was well accounted of, [1 Kings 10:22; 1 Kings 10:25] but nothing so much as in other lands, and as now-a-days amongst us: where money beareth the mastery, and few such Medes are to be found as regard not silver, and as for gold they delight not in it. [Isaiah 13:17]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-10.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Comparatively; such hyperbolical expressions being frequent, both in Scripture and other authors.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-10.html. 1685.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

1 Kings 10:21. It was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon — Comparatively, and about his palace; for it is not to be supposed that all his subjects had so much gold as to make no account of silver. But if gold in abundance would make silver seem so despicable, shall not wisdom and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, make gold seem much more so?

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/1-kings-10.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

No silver vessels, (Calmet) though there was a great abundance of that metal, ver. 27. It was not deemed worthy to be admitted at the king's table. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-10.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

All king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold ... The magnificence of Eastern monarchs was generally indicated by a profuse display of gold and silver vessels in their palaces. All these products may still be procured in great abundance in Ceylon, which Bochart considered to be Ophir, to which Solomon's fleet traded.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-10.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(21) None were of silver . . .—See 2 Chronicles 9:27, “The king made silver in Jerusalem as stones.” The importation of silver (see 1 Kings 10:22) was by the navy of Tarshish; and the mention of the plentifulness of silver seems the reason for noticing the existence of this navy.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
drinking
2 Chronicles 9:20-22
the house
17; 7:2
none were of silver
or, there was no silver in them.
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 17:17 - neither shall he;  1 Kings 9:14 - General1 Chronicles 28:17 - the bowls;  Esther 1:7 - vessels of gold;  Job 22:24 - lay up;  Job 28:1 - the silver;  Isaiah 2:7 - land;  Isaiah 60:17 - brass

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:21". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-10.html.