1 Kings 4:30
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New International Version
Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.

New Living Translation
In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.

English Standard Version
so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.

New American Standard Bible
Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.

King James Bible
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.

International Standard Version
Solomon was wiser than any of the eastern leaders and wiser than anyone in Egypt.

NET Bible
Solomon was wiser than all the men of the east and all the sages of Egypt.

New Heart English Bible
Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Solomon's wisdom was greater than that of all the eastern people and all the wisdom of the Egyptians.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

New American Standard 1977
And Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of the Egyptians.

King James 2000 Bible
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

American King James Version
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

American Standard Version
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the wisdom of Solomon surpassed the wisdom of all the Orientals, and of the Egyptians,

Darby Bible Translation
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the sons of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

English Revised Version
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

World English Bible
Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Young's Literal Translation
and the wisdom of Solomon is greater than the wisdom of any of the sons of the east, and than all the wisdom of Egypt;
Study Bible
Solomon's Wisdom
29Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. 30Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.…
Cross References
Acts 7:22
So Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.

Genesis 29:1
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.

Judges 6:33
Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the sons of the east assembled themselves; and they crossed over and camped in the valley of Jezreel.

1 Kings 10:23
So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 1:16
I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."

Isaiah 19:11
The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of Pharaoh's wisest advisers has become stupid. How can you men say to Pharaoh, "I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings "?

Ezekiel 25:4
therefore, behold, I am going to give you to the sons of the east for a possession, and they will set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk.

Daniel 1:20
As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm.
Treasury of Scripture

And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

the children

Genesis 25:6 But to the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave …

Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, …

Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired …

Daniel 4:7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the …

Daniel 5:11,12 There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy …

Matthew 2:1,16 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod …

the wisdom of Egypt

Isaiah 19:11,12 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors …

Acts 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was …

(30-34) The whole passage implies a general growth of wisdom, a largeness of knowledge, and an outburst of literature, of which, as usual with great men, Solomon is at once the child and the leader.

(30) The wisdom of all the children of the east.--The phrase "children of the east" is apparently used (see Genesis 29:1; Judges 6:3; Judges 6:33; Judges 7:12; Judges 8:10) for the tribes of the country lying between the country of Israel and Mesopotamia. Of these "men of the east," Job is expressly said to be one, and among the chief (Job 1:3), What their wisdom was, the utterances of Job and his friends may testify, showing as they do large knowledge of nature and of man, speculating on the deepest moral questions, and throughout resting, though with an awe greater than was felt within the circle of the Abrahamic covenant, upon the consciousness of the one God. The Book of Job also shows that this wisdom was not unconnected with the proverbial "wisdom of Egypt," with which it is here joined. The Egyptian wisdom (as the monuments show) was a part of a more advanced and elaborate civilisation, enriched by learning and culture, and manifesting itself in art and science, but perhaps less free and vigorous than the simpler patriarchal wisdom of the children of the east.

Verse 30. - And Solomon's wisdom excelled [or exceeded; same word as in ver. 29] the wisdom of all the children of the east country [By the Beni-Kedem we are hardly to understand (with Rawlinson) a distinct tribe on the banks of the Euphrates. It is true that the land of the Beni-Kedem is identified with Haran or Mesopotamia (Genesis 29:1), and the mountains of Kedem (Numbers 23:7) are evidently those of Aram. It is also true that "the children of the East" are apparently distinguished from the Amalekites and Midianites (Judges 6:8, 33; Judges 7:12; Judges 8:10). It is probable, nevertheless, that the name is here employed to designate all the Arabian tribes east and southeast of Palestine - Sabaeans, Idumeans, Temanites, Chaldeans. What their wisdom was like, we may see in the Book of Job. Cf. Jeremiah 49:7; Obadiah 1:8] and all the wisdom of Egypt. [The learning of Egypt was of great repute in the Old World. It differed very considerably from the wisdom of Kedem, being scientific rather than gnomic (Isaiah 19:11, 12; Isaiah 31:2, 8; Acts 7:22) and including geometry, astronomy, magic, and medicine. See Jos., Ant. 8:02.5; Herod. 2:109. 160. Wilkinson, "Ancient Egyptians" vol. 2. pp. 316-465. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east,.... The Arabians, and Persians, famous for wisdom, and who lay to the east of the land of Judea; whose wisdom lay in the knowledge of the stars, in divination by birds, and soothsaying (m):

and all the wisdom of Egypt; which it was eminent for in the times of Moses, and in which he was learned and well-skilled, Acts 7:22; and hence in later times the philosophers of the Gentiles travelled to get knowledge, as Pherecydes, Pythagoras, Anaxagoras, Plato, and others to Egypt, said to be the mother of arts and sciences (n).

(m) Midrash Kohelet. fol. 76. 3.((n) Macrob. in Som. Scip. c. 19. 21. & Saturnal l. 1. c. 15. 30. Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country—that is, the Arabians, Chaldeans, and Persians (Ge 25:6).

all the wisdom of Egypt—Egypt was renowned as the seat of learning and sciences, and the existing monuments, which so clearly describe the ancient state of society and the arts, show the high culture of the Egyptian people.4:29-34 Solomon's wisdom was more his glory than his wealth. He had what is here called largeness of heart, for the heart is often put for the powers of the mind. He had the gift of utterance, as well as wisdom. It is very desirable, that those who have large gifts of any kind, should have large hearts to use them for the good of others. What treasures of wisdom and knowledge are lost! But every sort of knowledge that is needful for salvation is to be found in the holy Scriptures. There came persons from all parts, who were more eager after knowledge than their neighbours, to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Solomon was herein a type of Christ, in whom are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge; and hid for us, for he is made of God to us, wisdom. Christ's fame shall spread through all the earth, and men of all nations shall come to him, learn of him, and take upon them his easy yoke, and find rest for their souls.
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