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1 Kings 4:29-34

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4:29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment; the breadth of his understanding 1  was as infinite as the sand on the seashore. 4:30 Solomon was wiser than all the men of the east and all the sages of Egypt. 2  4:31 He was wiser than any man, including Ethan the Ezrahite or Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. He was famous in all the neighboring nations. 3  4:32 He composed 4  3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. 4:33 He produced manuals on botany, describing every kind of plant, 5  from the cedars of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows on walls. He also produced manuals on biology, describing 6  animals, birds, insects, and fish. 4:34 People from all nations came to hear Solomon’s display of wisdom; 7  they came from all the kings of the earth who heard about his wisdom.

1 tn Heb “heart,” i.e., mind. (The Hebrew term translated “heart” often refers to the mental faculties.)

2 tn Heb “the wisdom of Solomon was greater than the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.”

3 tn Heb “his name was in all the surrounding nations.”

4 tn Heb “spoke.”

5 tn Heb “he spoke about plants.”

6 tn Heb “he spoke about.”

7 tn Heb “the wisdom of Solomon.”



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