1 Kings Chapter 3
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1 And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.
6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
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Matthew Henry's 1 Kings Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
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 fixed his 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, is that which is the character of all the saints, even the poorest, "He loved the Lord." Where God sows plentifully, he expects to reap accordingly; and those that truly love God and his worship, will not grudge the expenses of their religion. We must never think that wasted which is laid out in the service of God.
5-15 Solomon's dream was not a common one. While his bodily powers were locked up in sleep, the powers of his soul were strengthened; he was enabled to receive the Divine vision, and to make a suitable choice. God, in like manner, puts us in the ready way to be happy, by assuring us we shall have what we need, and pray for. Solomon's making such a choice when asleep, and the powers of reason least active, showed it came from the grace of God. Having a humble sense of his own wants and weakness, he pleads, Lord, I am but a little child. The more wise and considerate men are, the better acquainted they are with 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, and the various occasions we have. Those are accepted of God, who prefer spiritual blessings to earthly good. It was a prevailing prayer, and prevailed for more than he asked. God gave him wisdom, such as no other prince was ever blessed with; and also gave him riches and honour. If we make sure of wisdom and grace, these will bring outward prosperity with them, or sweeten the want of it. The way to get spiritual blessings, is to wrestle with God in prayer for them. The way to get earthly blessings, is to refer ourselves to God concerning them. Solomon has wisdom given him, because he did ask it, and wealth, because he did not.
16-28 An instance of Solomon's wisdom is given. Notice the difficulty of the case. To find out the true mother, he could not try which the child loved best, and therefore tried which loved the child best: the mother's sincerity will be tried, when the child is in danger. Let parents show their love to their children, especially by taking care of their souls, and snatching them as brands out of the burning. By this and other instances of the wisdom with which God endued him, Solomon had great reputation among his people. This was better to him than weapons of war; for this he was both feared and loved.
Comments for 1 Kings Chapter 3...
Adole Adole 2's 1 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 5/15/2013, 6:18am...
I agree with Brother Dickson that the Holy Spirit and obedience to His commandment will see us through.
May the good Lord see us through
Jerena lewis's 1 Kings Chapter 3 comment about verse 5 on 3/06/2013, 6:23pm...
In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.
Bro. Dickson's 1 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 10/11/2012, 1:42pm...
1 Kings 3 is teaching two important things; first we can do the will of God with the help of the Holy Spirit. In verses 12-13 Solomon asked for wisdom and understanding for the service of God. Secondly in verse 13 we must keep the commandments of God in truth and spirit, God cannot bless us without keeping His commandments.
RALPH WATERS's 1 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 3/22/2012, 1:26pm...
WHENEVER YOU THINK OF SOLOMON, YOU THINK OF WISDOM. SO MY VIEW ON THIS CHAPTER IS BASED ON MY OBSERVATION ON HOW WE MUST HUMBLE OURSELVES AND ACCEPT GOD'S WORD, TRUST GOD'S WORD, AND DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT TO TEACH AND DIRECT. THEREBY, OBTAINING THE STRONGEST DEBTS OF WISDOM POSSIBLE.
Gatari's 1 Kings Chapter 3 comment on 10/05/2011, 3:25am...
our special treasures can be stolen by the devil while a sleep.
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