Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 3:28

When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Arbitration;   Judge;   Parents;   Rulers;   Solomon;   Tact;   Wisdom;   Thompson Chain Reference - Justice;   Justice-Injustice;   Solomon;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Magistrates;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Judgment;   King;   Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Justice;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Administration;   Book(s);   Court Systems;   King, Kingship;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Inspiration;   Israel;   Priests and Levites;   Wisdom;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Law of Moses;   Sol'omon;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Wisdom (1);  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Decision;   Proverbs, Book of;   Queen of Sheba;   Wisdom;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

They feared the king - This decision proved that they could not impose upon him; and they were afraid to do those things which might bring them before his judgment-seat.

They saw that the wisdom of God was in him - They perceived that he was taught of God, judged impartially, and could not be deceived. What was done to the other woman we are not told; justice certainly required that she should be punished for her lies and fraud.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-kings-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The wisdom of God - i. e. “Divine wisdom,” “a wisdom given by God” 1 Kings 3:12. The ready tact and knowledge of human nature exhibited in this pattern judgment, and its special fitness to impress Orientals, have generally been admitted.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-3.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged,.... In the above case; the decision of it was divulged throughout the land, and the fame of it was spread everywhere:

and they feared the king; reverenced him as a wise, judicious, and faithful king, and feared to do anything of a criminal nature, as perceiving that he was so sagacious and penetrating, that he would discover it quickly, and bring them to shame and punishment:

for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do judgment; that God had put more than ordinary wisdom into him, to make a right judgment in causes that came before him, and finish them in the most just and equitable manner.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-3.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary

This judicial decision convinced all the people that Solomon was endowed with divine wisdom for the administration of justice.

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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/1-kings-3.html. 1854-1889.

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

(28) 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 judgment.

Well might all Israel admire Solomon's wisdom on this occasion. And well may you and I, Reader, admire and adore Jesus, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is indeed both the wisdom of God and the power of his salvation, to every poor sinner that believeth; and the grand object and design of redemption is, to display the grace and goodness of Jehovah in this stupendous work, to the intent, that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. So that every heart interested in this great salvation may well exclaim, Oh! the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Ephesians 3:10; Romans 11:33.

REFLECTIONS

Oh! how precious the testimony the Holy Ghost hath given in this chapter to Solomon, that he loved the Lord! wilt thou, merciful God, shed forth a portion, and let it be as large a portion as my Soul can find capaciousness to admit, of the same heavenly principle in my poor heart also. Oh! dearest Jesus! give me grace to say, though, like Peter, a thousand actions seem to have denied it, Lord, thou knowest all things! those knowest that I love thee.

And wilt thou, Holy Spirit, visit me in the visions of the night! shall mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I may be occupied in thy word! will the Father of mercies come! will the Lord Jesus come; agreeably to that promise, and make his abode in my soul? Doth God indeed speak to me? Doth he graciously say, Ask what I shall give thee? Precious Jesus! give me thyself; for, having thee, I shall possess all things. Lord, it is not thy salvation only I desire; but thee. Not thy gifts only, but thyself also: not thy grace only, but thy person too: not that I may have life only, but that thou mayest be my life, and my portion forever. Yes! dearest Jesus! my soul through thy blessed teaching me these sweet lessons, my soul cannot rest short of anything but thyself. Since thou wert first pleased to look upon me, and speak to me, and show me thyself, my heart is not my own; thou hath drawn it up to heaven; and now, Lord, keep it forever, and give me thine. And since God my Father, and all his fulness is in thee; all joy in thee; all happiness in thee; I desire no happiness but thee. Witness for me, ye ministering spirits, sent forth to minister unto them who are the heirs of salvation; Jesus is my all, and in all. Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart fail, but thou art the strength of my heart, and my portion forever!

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Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/1-kings-3.html. 1828.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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 judgment.

Wisdom of God — Divine wisdom with which God had inspired him for the government of his people.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-3.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 3:28 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 judgment.

Ver. 28. And all Israel heard,] sc., Of the king’s singular sagacity.

And they feared the king.] Good men reverenced him; bad men stood in awe of him, as a sharp and severe judge.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-3.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The wisdom of God; either great and eminent wisdom,

as the cedars or mountains of God are the highest and most eminent of the kind; or Divine wisdom with which God had inspired him for the better government of his people.

Was in him to judgment; to assist him in wisely examining and justly determining the causes and controversies of his people.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-3.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

28.The wisdom of God was in him — That is, wisdom given by God. The people perceived that their king was divinely gifted to execute justice. His manner of procedure was very foreign from our forms of justice, but it was truly Oriental, and showed the Divine gift of detecting and exposing the guilty, and defending the innocent, which is the great end of all true litigation.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-3.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

wisdom of God = Divine wisdom. Genitive of Character. See App-17, and compare note on 1 Kings 3:9 above.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-kings-3.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 judgment.
feared
Exodus 14:31; Joshua 4:14; 1 Samuel 12:18; 1 Chronicles 29:24; Proverbs 24:21
the wisdom
9-12; Ezra 7:25; Ecclesiastes 7:19; Daniel 2:21,47; 5:11; 1 Corinthians 1:24,30; Colossians 2:3
in him
Heb. in the midst of him. to do.
Psalms 72:2,4 Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 14:17 - to discern;  1 Kings 2:9 - wise;  1 Kings 3:12 - I have given;  1 Kings 3:25 - Divide;  1 Kings 4:29 - God;  1 Kings 7:7 - of judgment;  1 Kings 10:4 - Solomon's;  1 Kings 10:24 - which God;  2 Kings 15:5 - judging;  2 Chronicles 1:11 - that thou mayest;  2 Chronicles 9:8 - to do judgment;  2 Chronicles 9:23 - God;  2 Chronicles 15:9 - they saw;  Esther 1:19 - that is better;  Job 32:8 - the inspiration;  Psalm 72:5 - They shall;  Psalm 78:72 - guided;  Psalm 119:66 - Teach me;  Proverbs 1:3 - equity;  Proverbs 8:15 - decree;  Isaiah 11:3 - and he shall not;  Isaiah 28:6 - for a spirit;  Daniel 1:17 - God;  Matthew 12:42 - hear;  Colossians 3:16 - all;  James 3:17 - the wisdom;  2 Peter 3:15 - according

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 3:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-3.html.