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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 11:14-25

While Solomon kept closely to God and to his duty there was no adversary nor evil occurrent (1 Kgs. 5:4), nothing to create him any disturbance or uneasiness in the least; but here we have an account of two adversaries that appeared against him, inconsiderable, and that could not have done any thing worth taking notice of if Solomon had not first made God his enemy. What hurt could Hadad or Rezon have done to so great and powerful a king as Solomon was if he had not, by sin, made himself mean... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:16

For six months did Joab remain with all Israel ,.... With the whole army: until he had cut off every male in Edom ; as he supposed; for it was not fact, since after this they increased again, and became a powerful people, and had a king over them, and revolted from Judah, 2 Kings 8:20 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 11:14-25

Premonitions of Wrath. Though the full weight of the judgment of God upon the sin of Solomon was not to come upon him in his lifetime, yet did he not, in this world, go altogether without punishment. The foreknowledge of the evils to come upon his family and people was in itself a heavy affliction. But in addition to this, the evening of his days was doomed to be disturbed. To this end— I. GOD STIRRED UP ADVERSARIES AGAINST HIM . 1 . In themselves these were... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 11:14-25

The Divine Chastisements. I. CHASTISEMENT IS MERCY . Though the judgment was kept back, Solomon was meanwhile made to feel the rod of correction. We may be forgiven and yet chastised—yea, chastised because we are forgiven. "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth," etc. This, too, was mercy, for— 1 . It was fitted to lead him to seek God in truth . It is easier to feel and confess our folly and sin in adversity than when all is well with us, 2 . It revealed to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 11:16

For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel [ i.e; the entire army, as in 1 Kings 16:16 , 1 Kings 16:17 ], until he had cut off every male in Edom. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 11:16

Every male in Edom - i. e., every male whom he could find. As did Hadad and his company 1 Kings 11:17, so others would escape in various directions. The Edomite nation was not destroyed on the occasion. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 11:15-17

1 Kings 11:15-17. When David was in Edom By his army to war against it; and Joab was gone up to bury the slain The Israelites who were slain in the battle, (2 Samuel 8:13-14,) whom he honourably interred in some certain place, to which he is said to go up for that end. And this gave Hadad the opportunity of making his escape, while Joab and his men were all employed in the solemnity. After he had smitten, &c. Or, and he smote, as it is in the Hebrew: which is here observed as the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:1-43

Solomon’s idolatry (11:1-43)Although some of Solomon’s marriages were for political purposes, most of his wives and concubines were probably given to him as gifts. These women usually brought their gods into Israel, and Solomon’s weakness in worshipping these gods led finally to his downfall (11:1-8). God’s judgment on Solomon and Israel was to bring the long-standing friction between northerners and southerners to a climax in the division of the kingdom. Only Solomon’s tribe Judah (which had... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Kings 11:16

six months. See note on 2 Samuel 8:13 . Note also Figure of speech Parenthesis ( App-6 ), 1 Kings 11:16 . 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

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