Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 10:8

How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Queen;   Rulers;   Solomon;   Women;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Sabeans;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Arabia;   Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Israel;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Sheba;   Solomon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ecclesiastes, the Book of;   Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Book(s);   Queen;   Riddle;   Seba, Sabeans;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Sheba, Queen of;   Solomon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Queen (2);   King James Dictionary - Amber;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Sheba ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Sheba;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Queen;   Queen of Sheba;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Happy are thy men - All these are very natural expressions from a person in her state of mind.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-10.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Happy are thy men,.... The men of Israel, that had a king over them so wise, so great, so good:

happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom; who were now present, and to whom she pointed, and may respect not his nobles and courtiers only, but his menial servants, who had an opportunity of often hearing the wise sayings which dropped from his lips; and which no doubt were means of greatly improving their knowledge and understanding in things natural and divine.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Happy [are] thy men, happy [are] these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, [and] that hear thy c wisdom.

(c) But much more happy are they, who hear the wisdom of God revealed in his word.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-kings-10.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

Happy, … — With much more reason may we say this of Christ's servants: Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be always praising thee.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-10.html. 1765.

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE WISE

‘Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.’

1 Kings 10:8

The Queen of Sheba was more than an admirer of wisdom, she was wise herself. It was to her credit that she was induced by the report of Solomon’s magnificence and wisdom to repair to his court, behold his glory, and listen to his discourse. And in this judgement which she passed upon Solomon’s court, there is contained a lesson of the profoundest wisdom.

I. It is a general law of human nature that men are influenced by their constant associations.—Scripture abounds with statements of this principle:—‘He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools shall be destroyed.’ Hence the importance especially in youth of forming companionships and associations of a profitable and elevating nature.

II. Hence the privilege of habitual fellowship with the wise and good.—This indeed follows from the general law. They who listened to Solomon’s sagacious maxims, prudent counsels, and judicial utterances, could not fail to be impressed by what they heard, and, if they were disposed to profit, could not fail to reap some rich advantage.

III. The principle is one which is practically applicable to the religious life.—The existence and influence of the Church of Christ are accounted for by this Divine law of human society. But we may go deeper even than this. Where Christ is known it may be said, a greater than Solomon is here! To listen to Christ’s words, to meditate upon Christ’s deeds and sufferings, to be continually in His spiritual society—this is to be in the way for securing wisdom, happiness, and life.

Illustration

‘It is a privilege to be among the friends of any good and wise man. There are people whose close companions we may almost justly envy. They live near to the good, the great, the wise. They hear their words, they see their life, they have their friendship. We may think of the disciples of Jesus who had the privilege of being with Him continually, hearing the wonderful words which fell from His lips, seeing the sweetness, gentleness, purity, and holiness of His life and witnessing the wonderful works which He did. What a privilege was St. John’s—leaning on Jesus’ bosom, and Mary’s—sitting on a low stool at His feet, listening to His teachings! It is a privilege to be a member of a good man’s family, living in the midst of refinement and culture. It is a far greater privilege to be a Christian, a member of the heavenly Father’s family. “A greater than Solomon is here.”’

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Nisbet, James. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". Church Pulpit Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/1-kings-10.html. 1876.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 10:8 Happy [are] thy men, happy [are] these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, [and] that hear thy wisdom.

Ver. 8. Happy are thy men.] How happy then are those heavenly courtiers that continually see Christ’s face, hear his voice, &c. Sulla called himself happy, because victorious. Henry I of France took unto himself the title of Tres-heureuse Roy, the thrice happy king; but was soon after confuted, as coming to an untimely end. The happiness of those in heaven, as it is unutterable, so it is unalterable.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-10.html. 1865-1868.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

Happy are your men, happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you, and who hear your wisdom.”

She declared that his wisdom was such that all who served him should count themselves fortunate. How this fulsome praise must have delighted Solomon’s heart. And how dangerous it was for him. It is little wonder that he began to believe that he could do anything that he liked with impunity. He saw himself as the centre of his world, and as being beyond requiring advice or rebuke.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/1-kings-10.html. 2013.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
happy are these
2 Chronicles 9:7,8; Proverbs 3:13,14; 8:34; 10:21; 13:20; Luke 10:39-42; 11:28,31
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 16:16 - before thee;  1 Samuel 16:21 - stood before him;  Ecclesiastes 12:9 - he still;  Isaiah 11:4 - But with;  Daniel 1:5 - stand;  John 1:38 - where;  1 Peter 4:14 - happy

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 10:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-10.html.