Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 10:23

So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - King;   Rich, the;   Solomon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Holy Land;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Sabeans;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Israel;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Commerce;   Mizpah;   Silver;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Wealth and Materialism;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Israel;   Sheba, Queen of;   Solomon;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hiram;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Commerce;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches - Mr. Reynolds, stating the yearly tribute of Solomon, 666 talents of gold, at about four times as much as his father left him, hence reckons that he had £4,909, 371 8s. 8d. each year, £94,410 19s. 9 1/4d. per week, £13,487 5s. 8d. per day, taking each day, week, and year, one with another.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-10.html. 1832.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

A SUMMARY OF SOLOMON'S RICHES

"So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And all the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. And they brought every man his tribute, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, and armor, and spices, and horses, and mules, a rate year by year."

"A rate year by year" (1 Kings 10:25). The RSV reads this phrase, "so much year by year," indicating that the tribute Solomon exacted from all the people was a yearly tax.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-kings-10.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom. In which he was an eminent type of Christ; see Ephesians 3:8.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-10.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 10:23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

Ver. 23. For riches and wisdom.] Take them both together, and well he might be imparallel: for Stultitiam patiuntur opes: and Difficile est opibus non tradire mores.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-10.html. 1865-1868.

Sermon Bible Commentary

1 Kings 10:23

(with Matthew 6:29)

The life of Solomon is a mournful story. We can hardly wonder that though his real greatness made oblivion impossible, though his name will live as long as the human race endures, yet an evil shadow as of high hopes baffled, of a great cause lost, rests upon his memory. Great in himself, great in what was given him to achieve, the impression that he made overflowed the bounds of his own kingdom, and he appears again and again as the lord of spirits and the master of the powers of nature in the multitudinous and fantastic legends of later and of other races, though his own people did not greatly cherish his memory.

I. To Solomon, even more than to his father, we owe the ideal of the peaceful and perfect King that was so deeply planted in the minds of the Jewish people, the fruitful hope of the Deliverer that was to be, which sustained the nation through all the long vicissitudes of captivity and enslavement, exile and oppression.

II. The temple of Solomon, the wisdom of Solomon, the empire of Solomon, have each in turn given way to something different, something higher. If the temple of Solomon and the temple worship have given place to something different from each, as Christian churches and Christian worship, these too may remind us that they in their turn are means, not ends; that our best altar is in our own hearts, our truest sacrifice that not only of praise and thanksgiving, but that of our souls and bodies.

III. It is never wise to underrate the effects of human genius, even when partly or wholly divorced from goodness. Great men, it has been wisely said, are, even in spite of their wickedness, lights from God. Yet there is a sense in which the humblest may aspire to that in which the greatest has come short, and he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater even than Solomon.

G. G. Bradley, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xxiv., p. 65.


References: 1 Kings 11:1-13.—Parker, vol. vii., p. 333. 1 Kings 11:4.—J. Van Oosterzee, The Year of Salvation, vol. ii., p. 473. 1 Kings 11:4-6.—Homiletic Quarterly, vol. iii., p. 235. 1 Kings 11:6.—American Pulpit of To-Day, vol. i., p. 131. 1 Kings 11:9.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. xvi., p. 341. 1 Kings 11:11.—H. P. Liddon, Penny Pulpit, No. 745; Preacher's Monthly, vol. iv., p. 84. 1 Kings 11:12.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. ix., p. 20.



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Nicoll, William R. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". "Sermon Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/1-kings-10.html.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-10.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
exceeded
Mr. Reynolds, stating Solomon's income at about four times as much as his father left him, reckons that he had each year 142,242,034£. 9s. 7d., each week 2,735,423£ 14s. 9d., and each day, 390,770£ 16s. 4d.
3:12,13; 4:29-34; 2 Chronicles 9:22,23; Psalms 89:27; Ephesians 3:8; Colossians 1:18,19; Colossians 2:2,3
Reciprocal: Proverbs 3:13 - is the;  Ecclesiastes 1:16 - Lo;  Ecclesiastes 2:9 - GeneralDaniel 1:20 - in all

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:23". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-10.html.