2 Chronicles 9

* The queen of Sheba. (1-12) Solomon's riches, and his death.


1-12 This history has been considered, #1Ki 10|; yet because

our Saviour has proposed it as an example in seeking after him,

#Mt 12:42|, we must not pass it over without observing, that

those who know the worth of true wisdom will grudge no pains or

cost to obtain it. The queen of Sheba put herself to a great

deal of trouble and expense to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and

yet, learning from him to serve God, and do her duty, she

thought herself well paid for her pains. Heavenly wisdom is that

pearl of great price, for which, if we part with all, we make a

good bargain.
13-31 The imports here mentioned, would show that prosperity

drew the minds of Solomon and his subjects to the love of things

curious and uncommon, though useless in themselves. True wisdom

and happiness are always united together; but no such alliance

exists between wealth and the enjoyment of the things of this

life. Let us then acquaint ourselves with the Saviour, that we

may find rest for our souls. Here is Solomon reigning in wealth

and power, in ease and fulness, the like of which could never

since be found; for the most known of the great princes of the

earth were famed for their wars; whereas Solomon reigned forty

years in profound peace. The promise was fulfilled, that God

would give him riches and honour, such as no kings have had or

shall have. The lustre wherein he appeared, was typical of the

spiritual glory of the kingdom of the Messiah, and but a faint

representation of His throne, which is above every throne. Here

is Solomon dying, and leaving all his wealth and power to one

who he knew would be a fool! #Ec 2:18,19|. This was not only

vanity, but vexation of spirit. Neither power, wealth, nor

wisdom, can ward off or prepare for the stroke of death. But

thanks be to God who giveth the victory to the true believer,

even over this dreaded enemy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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