Prosperity And Wisdom of Solomon’s Reign

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Choices

Solomon’s kingdom was unified, secure, strong, and prosperous, with a large population. Solomon’s rule extended over all the kingdoms from the river Euphrates to the border of Egypt (v. 21). His kingdom was strong, secure, and prosperous with a very large population. Verse 20 says  the people were as many “as the sand which is by the sea.”

 

Solomon had dominion over all the region west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings west of the Euphrates (v 24). And he had peace on all sides around him (v.25). And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine. The ability of the nation to provide Solomon’s daily provisions testifies to his prosperity (vv. 22-23).  His horses numbered 12,000 and his chariots 1400 (II Chron. 1:14) and these were kept in several locations called “chariot cities” (II Chron. 9:25). These horses and chariots were used for national defense and served as a strong deterrent to potential foreign aggressors.

 

Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt (v. 30). His wisdom exceeded that of all men of the East (Job 1:3) and all of the people in Egypt and both of these areas were known for their wisdom. The extent of Solomon’s wisdom, understanding and knowledge was so great it could not be measured. It is demonstrated by the kings coming to observe and listen to him (vv. 32-34). He wrote over 3,000 proverbs of which several hundred have been preserved in the book of Proverbs and a few in Ecclesiastes. He also was an authority in botany and zoology. He had many important visitors from far away places who came for advise which he gave freely. He was recognized as the wisest man of his day as God had promised he would be.

 

Application

While Solomon possessed great wisdom, he did not always apply it to his own life. This proves that having insight into life does not guarantee that a person will choose to do what is right. I must live close to the Lord and seek to please Him daily or I will not make right choices. I need to make sure that I walk my talk for the Lord.

I Kings 4:20-34 (English Standard Version)

Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy. Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life. Solomon's provision for one day was thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty pasture-fed cattle, a hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fattened fowl. For he had dominion over all the region west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings west of the Euphrates. And he had peace on all sides around him. And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon. Solomon also had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen. And those officers supplied provisions for King Solomon, and for all who came to King Solomon's table, each one in his month. They let nothing be lacking. Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds they brought to the place where it was required, each according to his duty. And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.

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