Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 3:23

Then the king said, "The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one'; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.'"
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Arbitration;   Judge;   Parents;   Rulers;   Solomon;   Wisdom;   Scofield Reference Index - Bible Prayers;   Thompson Chain Reference - Solomon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Justice;   Magistrates;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Book(s);   Court Systems;   King, Kingship;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Priests and Levites;   Wisdom;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Boyhood ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Law of Moses;   Sol'omon;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Child;   Decision;   Proverbs, Book of;   Queen of Sheba;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

SOLOMON WISELY DISCERNED THE TRUE MOTHER

"Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead; and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. And the king said, Fetch me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, Divide the child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her heart yearned over her son, and she said, Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, It shall be neither mine nor thine; divide it. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it; for she is the mother thereof. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do justice."

This beautiful and touching story needs no comment. It spoke in tones of thunder to "all Israel," convincing them that a wise and discerning king indeed was upon the throne.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:23". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-kings-3.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then said the king,.... As judge, summing up what had been said on both sides, which were only bare assertions without proof; the one affirming what the other denied, and the other denying what the other affirmed:

the one saith, this is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead;

and the other saith nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living; this he repeated to show to all present that no determination could be made by what had been said on each side, and that some other method must be taken.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-3.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 3:23 Then said the king, The one saith, This [is] my son that liveth, and thy son [is] the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son [is] the dead, and my son [is] the living.

Ver. 23. The one saith, This is my son,] q.d., This is a blind business: here is no better proof than the one is Aio, I affirm, and the other is Nego; I deny, neither is the one of better repute or credit than the other, as being both harlots.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:23". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-3.html. 1865-1868.