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E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Kings 11:10

had commanded him. Compare 1 Kings 6:12 . commanded. Some codices, with three early printed editions, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, add "him". read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Kings 11:1-43

4. Solomon’s apostasy ch. 11The writer brought Solomon’s weaknesses and sins, to which he only hinted previously, into the light in this chapter. Solomon had sown some seeds of departure from God and His Word early in his reign. They bore bitter fruit as he grew older. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Kings 11:9-13

Solomon’s sentence from God 11:9-13Solomon’s sin in going after other gods was the quintessence of covenant infidelity. David had sinned against God deliberately on occasion when tempted (2 Samuel 11), but his heart remained devoted to Yahweh. His sin was not as serious as Solomon’s was (cf. Deuteronomy 6:5)."One of the most puzzling aspects of the life of Solomon was the fact that he, the wisest of all men, could be so foolish, particularly in the last years of his reign. What must be... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 11:1-43

Solomon’s Errors and their Consequences. His DeathThis chapter furnishes an account of Solomon’s marriages with numerous foreign princesses, and traces the evil effect of such in the toleration of idolatry, which provoked the Lord’s anger. This was manifested in the growth of opposition abroad and disaffection at home, so that an otherwise brilliant reign had a cloudy ending.3. Seven hundred wives] The Persian king Darius Codomannus is said to have had, besides his own wife, 329 concubines. 4.... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Kings 11:1-43

Solomon and Toleration 1 Kings 11:6-8 I. There is a proverb that tells us that 'no one became thoroughly bad all at once,' 'Nemo repente fit turpissimus'. And so it was with Solomon; as the stream of his career sweeps by us in Holy Scripture, windows, as it were, are opened for us through which we gaze out on that sunny flood, so full of promise, carrying on its bosom such rich opportunities and varied treasures, and we note that as it gets wider it loses its pure beauty, as it gets deeper it... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:1-13

THE OLD AGE OF SOLOMON1 Kings 11:1-13"That uxorious king, whose heart, though large, Beguiled by fair idolatresses, fell To idols foul."- MILTON, Paradise Lost."Did not Solomon, king of Israel, sin by these things?"- Nehemiah 13:26"That they might know, that wherewithal a man sinneth, by the same also shall he be punished."- #/RAPC Wisdom of Solomon 11:15.SOLOMON had endeavored to give a one-sided development to Israelitish nationality, and a development little in accord with the highest and... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:1-43

HOLLOW PROSPERITY1 Kings 11:1-43"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity."- Ecclesiastes 1:2"At every draught more large and large they grow, A bloated mass of rank unwieldy woe, Till, sapp’d their strength, and every part unsound, Down, down they sink, and spread a ruin round." - GOLDSMITH.THERE was a ver rongeur at the root of all Solomon’s prosperity. His home was afflicted with the curse of his polygamy, his kingdom with the Curse of his despotism. Failure... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 Kings 11:1-43

7. Solomon’s Failure: judgment Announced and the beginning of Disruption CHAPTER 11 1. Solomon’s polygamy and departure from God (1 Kings 11:1-13 ) 2. Hadad the Edomite (1 Kings 11:14-22 ) 3. Rezon the second adversary (1 Kings 11:23-25 ) 4. Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:26-40 ) 5. Solomon’s reign and death (1 Kings 11:41-43 ) “But--.” An ominous word with which this chapter begins. It introduces us to the sad picture of Solomon’s great apostasy. “He shall not multiply horses to himself, nor... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 11:1-43

MANY MARRIAGES LEADING TO IDOLATRY (vs.1-13) Solomon also disobeyedDeuteronomy 17:17; Deuteronomy 17:17 in making many marriages with foreign women, from the Moabites, Alnmonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites (v.1). But not only was Deuteronomy disobeyed, which specially forbad a king to make such marriages. All the children of Israel were warned against intermarrying with these ungodly nations (Exodus 34:12-16). Did Solomon think that his superior wisdom would keep him from being badly... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:1-43

CLOSE OF SOLOMON ’S REIGN WISDOM AND WEALTH (1 Kings 9:26 to 1 Kings 10:29 ) A look at a map in the back of your Bible may identify the locality of 1 Kings 9:26 , whence Solomon, with Hiram’s help, extended his influence by sea. Ophir (1 Kings 9:28 ) has been regarded as a general name for all the southern territory in the neighborhood of the inland seas. A “talent” is not easy to estimate but, on the supposition of some that a talent of gold represented about $30,000, we have here a... read more

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