Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 10:25

They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - King;   Mule;   Silver;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Arms, Military;   Beasts;   Holy Land;   Kings;   Mule, the;   Presents;   Silver;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Mule;   Sabeans;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Israel;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Gift;   Mule;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Commerce;   Egypt;   Mizpah;   Silver;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ointment;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Israel;   Mule;   Sheba, Queen of;   Solomon;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Gifts;   Mule;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hiram;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Chariot,;   Sol'omon;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Mule;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Armor;   Balsam;   Commerce;   King;   Mule;   Sacrifice;   Solomon;   Tax;   Trade;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ass;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Taxation;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

They brought every man his present - This means tribute; and it shows us of what sort that tribute was, viz., vessels of gold and silver, probably ingots; garments of very rich stuffs; armor, for little of this kind was ever made in Judea; spices, which doubtless sold well in that country; horses, which were very rare; and mules, the most necessary animal for all the purposes of life.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-10.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

His present - i. e., his tribute (1 Kings 4:21 note). A statement illustrated by Egyptian and Assyrian sculptures on slabs and obelisks. Tribute-bearers from the subject kings, bring not only the fixed rate of bullion, but a tribute in kind besides, consisting of the most precious products of their respective countries.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-10.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they brought every man his present,.... To recommend them, and introduce them into his presence:

vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, and horses, and mules, a rate year by year; everyone brought according to the commodities of his country; and they did yearly, out of great respect to him, and in veneration of him for his wisdom, and for the advantages they received by his wise counsels and instructions; besides, it was the custom of the eastern countries not to pay a visit, especially to great personages, without carrying a present.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". "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 10:25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

Ver. 25. And they brought every man his present.] That they might be directed and instructed by him. Yea, Sulpitius Severus saith, that even kings tendered themselves and their kingdoms to Solomon to be ruled by him.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-10.html. 1865-1868.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

brought = kept bringing.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-kings-10.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

They brought every man his present - i:e., to him as their feudal superior. No doubt, the making of presents is in the East an established custom of social life. Not only when going into the presence of a superior is it usual to pay such a compliment, but even in familiar visits among inferior people the presentation of some gift-even a flower or fruit-some token of regard, is expected; and the visitor who should omit or neglect the observance of this mark of civility would incur the suspicion of intending to affront or defraud the person on whom he waited. But the presents described in this verse as brought to Solomon by foreign prince, were of a totally different character from the conventional tokens of civil contact. They were made as an acknowledgment of dependence and subjection-in fact, a kind of homage or tribute to Solomon; and that we are to understand the presents spoken of in this verse as brought with such a view, is evident from the fact that they were contributed "a rate year by year," as in Assyria ('Nineveh and Babylon,' p. 635). 26. (See the notes at 2 Chronicles 1:14-17.)

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". "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

And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.
every man
10; Judges 3:15; 1 Samuel 10:27; 2 Samuel 8:2,10; 2 Chronicles 26:8; Job 42:11; Psalms 72:10,15; Isaiah 36:16; Matthew 2:11
and mules
1:33; 18:5; Genesis 36:24; Ezra 2:66; Esther 8:10,14; Isaiah 66:20; Ezekiel 27:14
a rate
2 Kings 17:4; 2 Chronicles 9:24
Reciprocal: Genesis 43:11 - carry down;  1 Kings 4:26 - forty thousand;  2 Kings 20:13 - precious things;  1 Chronicles 18:2 - brought gifts;  2 Chronicles 17:5 - presents;  2 Chronicles 32:23 - presents;  Psalm 68:29 - shall;  Isaiah 39:2 - precious things;  Revelation 18:13 - cinnamon

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:25". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-10.html.