F I R S T K I N G S
Solomon's reign looked bloody in the foregoing
chapter, but the necessary acts of justice must not be called
cruelty; in this chapter it appears with another face. We must not
think the worse of God's mercy to his subjects for his judgments on
rebels. We have here, I. Solomon's marriage to Pharaoh's daughter,
ver. 1. II. A general view
of his religion, ver. 2-4.
III. A particular account of his prayer to God for wisdom, and the
answer to that prayer, ver.
5-15. IV. A particular instance of his wisdom in
deciding the controversy between the two harlots, ver. 16-28. And very great he
looks here, both at the altar and on the bench, and therefore on
the bench because at the altar.