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wise slay it : she is the mother thereof.

And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged ; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment. So king Solomon

Solomon was king over all Israel. And these were the princes which he had : Azariah the son of Zadok the priest, Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder. And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests: and Azariah the son of Nathan was

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the officers : and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend: and Ahishar was

over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute.

And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in

a year made provision.

Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.

And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.

And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallow-deer, and fatted fowi. For he had dominion

over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river : and he had peace on all sides round about him.

And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.

And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month : they lacked nothing. Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge.

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men;

than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and

and Darda,

Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame

in all nations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out oi the wall: he spake also of beasts, and fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. And there came of all the people to hear the wisdom of king Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

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Questions and Explanations.

Question.-What request did Solomon make of the

Lord ? Ansirer.—He asked for “ an understanding heart," so that

he might rule the people wisely and with justice., He felt the greatness of his kingly office, and that, without the help and teaching of the Lord, he should be unable to discharge his duties as king of a great people. Solomon was then one of the richest and most powerful kings of the earth; he had put down all his enemies, his people honoured and obeyed him, and his "king. dom was established.” He had, too, allied himself with another great monarch, the king of Egypt, by marrying his daughter, yet he distrusted his own wisdom and power, and asked for the guidance of the Lord, confessing that he was “but a little child.” This is an important lesson for us all. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that we must become as little children if we would see God. We must notice that the Lord espe. cially commended Solomon, not only for not asking for long life and riches, but for not asking the life of his enemies, and for showing the spirit of forgiveness which afterwards was taught in the Gospel. The words of the Lord, “I have also given thee that which thou nast not asked,” illustrate in a striking manner the promise made by our Saviour, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things

shall be added unto you." Q.-In what manner was the wisdom of Solomon

shown when the two women disputed about the

child ? A.-He knew that the real mother was she who loved the

child, and who would prefer that it should live, even if

she saw it no more. Q.-What was the extent of Solomon's dominions ?

A.-They extended from the river Euphrates to the

land of the Philistines, a distance of about four hundred miles, and included the dominions of several petty kings, who acknowledged Solomon as their superior, and paid

tribute to him. l.-What is the meaning of the words, "Judah and

Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig-tree, from Dan even to Beer

sheba ?" A.—The vine and fig-tree grew abundantly; and it is a

proof of the peace and prosperity the people enjoyed, that they were able to cultivate the land, and enjoy the fruits of their labour. From Dan to Beer-sheba means throughout the whole country; the first of these towns marking the northern, the other the southern

limit. Q:-How many horses had Solomon ? A.-The number given, “forty thousand," is probably a

mistranslation, and should be four thousand. Q.- What was the greatest gift from the Lord that

Solomon enjoyed ? A.-He had wisdom and understanding, and largeness of

heart. Wisdom in the Bible means, not only great knowledge and powers of mind, but wisdom concerning God, a religious and devout frame of mind, and a knowledge given by God of His will; that was the most important and valuable part of the wisdom possessed by Solomon; but, besides that, he was master of all the learning of his time, was a poet, and understood the nature and habits of animals and all kinds of trees and flowers. The fame of so great and wise a king spread throughout neighbouring countries, and people came from many parts to listen to his sayings.

THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE.

ND Hiram king of Tyre sent his

servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father : for Hiram was ever a lover of David.

And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet. But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither

adversary nor evil

nor evil occurrent. And, behold, I purpose to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God, as the Lord spake unto David my father, saying, Thy son, whom I will set upon thy throne in thy room, he shall build an house unto my name. Now therefore command thou that they hew

cedar trees Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants : servants: and unto

thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there

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