1 Kings 3* Solomon's marriage. (1-4) His vision, His prayer for wisdom.(5-15) The judgment of Solomon. (16-28)1-4 He that loved the Lord, should, for his sake, have fixedhis love upon one of the Lord's people. Solomon was a wise man,a rich man, a great man; yet the brightest praise of him, isthat which is the character of all the saints, even the poorest,"He loved the Lord." Where God sows plentifully, he expects toreap accordingly; and those that truly love God and his worship,will not grudge the expenses of their religion. We must neverthink that wasted which is laid out in the service of God. 5-15 Solomon's dream was not a common one. While his bodilypowers were locked up in sleep, the powers of his soul werestrengthened; he was enabled to receive the Divine vision, andto make a suitable choice. God, in like manner, puts us in theready way to be happy, by assuring us we shall have what weneed, and pray for. Solomon's making such a choice when asleep,and the powers of reason least active, showed it came from thegrace of God. Having a humble sense of his own wants andweakness, he pleads, Lord, I am but a little child. The morewise and considerate men are, the better acquainted they arewith their own weakness, and the more jealous of themselves.Solomon begs of God to give him wisdom. We must pray for it,#Jas 1:5|, that it may help us in our particular calling, andthe various occasions we have. Those are accepted of God, whoprefer spiritual blessings to earthly good. It was a prevailingprayer, and prevailed for more than he asked. God gave himwisdom, such as no other prince was ever blessed with; and alsogave him riches and honour. If we make sure of wisdom and grace,these will bring outward prosperity with them, or sweeten thewant of it. The way to get spiritual blessings, is to wrestlewith God in prayer for them. The way to get earthly blessings,is to refer ourselves to God concerning them. Solomon has wisdomgiven him, because he did ask it, and wealth, because he didnot. 16-28 An instance of Solomon's wisdom is given. Notice thedifficulty of the case. To find out the true mother, he couldnot try which the child loved best, and therefore tried whichloved the child best: the mother's sincerity will be tried, whenthe child is in danger. Let parents show their love to theirchildren, especially by taking care of their souls, andsnatching them as brands out of the burning. By this and otherinstances of the wisdom with which God endued him, Solomon hadgreat reputation among his people. This was better to him thanweapons of war; for this he was both feared and loved.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018