Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 9:12

So Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him, and they did not please him.
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Diplomacy;   Elijah;   Galilee;   Hiram;   Solomon;   Treaty;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Egypt;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Hiram;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Cabul;   Galilee;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Alliance;   Israel;   Phoenicia, PhNicians;   Solomon;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Galilee ;   Hiram ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Hiram;   Tyre;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ca'bul;   Tyre;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Alliance;   Hiram;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

They pleased him not - It is a reasonable conjecture that, when a question arose with respect to a cession of land, Hiram had cast his eyes on the bay or harbour of Acco, or Ptolemais, and was therefore the more disappointed when he received an inland tract of mountain territory.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-9.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him,.... For these cities, being in or near Galilee, were not far from Tyre:

and they pleased him not; being either out of repair, as some think; see 2 Chronicles 8:2 or the ground barren, and unfruitful; which is not likely, being in a very fruitful country, as the tribes on which they bordered were: but they were not agreeable to him, they did not suit with the disposition of him and his people, who were given not to husbandry, but to merchandise; and the land about these would require a good deal of pains and labour to till, which they were not used to.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-9.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 9:12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not.

Ver. 12. And they pleased him not.] Here some tax Hiram of covetousness, which he expressed by his lofty looks, and discontented expostulations.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-9.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He did not accept them for satisfaction, because the cities were out of repair, as appears from 1 Kings 9:13, and the soil not good in his eyes, and therefore he refused them, 2 Chronicles 8:2, and expected, and doubtless had, satisfaction some other way, as may be gathered from the following story.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-9.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

12.They pleased him not — “These twenty cities were mere villages, of course, and it is a genuine Eastern trick to dignify a small present with a pompous name.” — Thomson. The Phenicians being a maritime and commercial people, Hiram might naturally have coveted some of Solomon’s coast-towns, and was therefore displeased with the gift of a comparatively useless inland region, and so restored the cities to Solomon. 2 Chronicles 8:2.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-9.html. 1874-1909.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(12) The cities are said to have been in “the land of Galilee.” The name Galilee, signifying properly a “circle” or “ring” of territory, is used twice in the Book of Joshua for a region round Kedesh-Naphtali (Joshua 20:7; Joshua 21:32), lying to the north-west of the Lake of Gennesareth, and extending to the Waters of Merom. (See also 2 Kings 15:29.) The western portion of this territory would lie nearly on the frontiers of Tyre, and so would suit well the purpose both of Hiram and of Solomon. The discontent of Hiram probably referred to the condition of the cities (which afterwards had to be rebuilt), not to their geographical position.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not.
they pleased him not
Heb. were not right in his eyes.
Numbers 22:34; Judges 14:3; *margins
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 5:1 - Hiram

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 9:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-9.html.