F I R S T K I N G S
This chapter begins with as melancholy a "but" as
almost any we find in all the Bible. Hitherto we have read nothing
of Solomon but what was great and good; but the lustre both of his
goodness and of his greatness is here sullied and eclipsed, and his
sun sets under a cloud. I. The glory of his piety is stained by his
departure from God and his duty, in his latter days, marrying
strange wives and worshipping strange gods, ver. 4-8. II. The glory of his prosperity
is stained by God's displeasure against him and the fruits of that
displeasure. 1. He sent him an angry message, ver. 9-13. 2. He stirred up enemies, who
gave him disturbance, Hadad (ver.
14-22), Rezon, ver.
23-25. 3. He gave away ten tribes of his twelve, from
his posterity after him, to Jeroboam, whom therefore he sought in
vain to slay (ver.
26-40), and this is all that remains here to be told
concerning Solomon, except his death and burial (ver. 41-43), for there is nothing perfect
under the sun, but all is so above the sun.