1 Kings 4:32
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New International Version
He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.

New Living Translation
He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.

English Standard Version
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.

New American Standard Bible
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.

King James Bible
And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon composed 3,000 proverbs, and his songs numbered 1,005.

International Standard Version
Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs.

NET Bible
He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs.

New Heart English Bible
He spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were one thousand five.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five.

New American Standard 1977
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

King James 2000 Bible
And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

American King James Version
And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

American Standard Version
And he spake three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Solomon also spoke three thousand parables: and his poems were a thousand and five.

Darby Bible Translation
And he spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five.

English Revised Version
And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

World English Bible
He spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were one thousand five.

Young's Literal Translation
And he speaketh three thousand similes, and his songs are five, and the chief one;
Study Bible
Solomon's Wisdom
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. 32He also spoke 3000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005 33He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.…
Cross References
1 Kings 4:33
He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.

Proverbs 1:1
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

Proverbs 25:1
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

Ecclesiastes 12:9
In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs.

Ecclesiastes 12:12
But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.

Song of Solomon 1:1
The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.
Treasury of Scripture

And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

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Proverbs 1:1-33 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel…

Ecclesiastes 12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the …

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, …

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Songs 1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

(32) Proverbs.--The word "proverb" (mashal), from a root signifying "comparison," has the various meanings of (a) parable or allegory, (b) proverb in the modern sense, (c) riddle or enigmatical poem, (d) figurative and antithetical poetry, like the "parable" of Balaam. The Book of Proverbs belongs mainly, but not exclusively, to the second class. Its main part consists of two series of "Proverbs of Solomon" (Proverbs 10-24, 25-29), composed or collected by him; falling, however, far short of the number given in this verse. The earlier portion (see especially 1Kings 1:20-33; 1Kings 1:2; 1Kings 1:8) partakes more of the character of the first and fourth classes; and in Ecclesiastes 12:3-6, and perhaps Proverbs 30:15-16; Proverbs 30:24-31, we have specimens of the third. If the "three thousand" of the text be intended to be taken literally, it is obvious that only a small part of Solomon's proverbs has been preserved. His declension into idolatry might induce care in selection. by such prophetic compilers as "the men of Hezekiah" (Proverbs 25).

His songs.--We have still ascribed to Solomon the "Song of Songs" and two Psalms (72 and 127); but nothing else is, even by tradition, preserved to us. This passage is singularly interesting as showing that the Old Testament Canon is not a collection of chance fragments of a scanty literature, but that out of a literature, which at this time, at any rate, was large and copious, deliberate selections by prophetic authority were made. (The "men of Hezekiah," named in Proverbs 25:1, are by Jewish tradition Isaiah and his companions.) In the case of Solomon some special caution would be natural, and much of his poetry may have been purely secular. The "Psalter of Solomon" (including eighteen psalms) is a Greek apocryphal book, of the time of the Maccabees or later.

Verse 32. - And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. [Of the former, less than one-third are preserved in the Book of Proverbs (see Proverbs 1:1; Proverbs 25:1); the rest are lost to us. The Book of Ecclesiastes, even if the composition of Solomon, can hardly be described as proverbs. Of his songs all have perished, except the Song of Solomon, and possibly Psalm 72, 127. (see the titles), and, according to some, 128. And he spake three thousand proverbs,.... Wise sayings, short and pithy sentences, instructive in morality and civil life; these were not written as the book of Proverbs, but spoken only, and were taken from his lips, and spread by those that heard them for the use of others, but in process of time were lost; whereas the above book, being written under divine inspiration, is preserved: and

his songs were a thousand and five; some things that were useful to improve the minds and morals of men he delivered in verse, to make them more pleasant and agreeable, that they might be the more easily received and retained in memory; but of all his songs, the most: excellent is the book of Canticles, called "the Song of Songs", being divine and spiritual, and dictated by the inspiration of the Spirit of God: he was both a moral philosopher and poet, as well as a botanist and naturalist, and well-skilled in medicine, as the following words suggest, 1 Kings 4:33. 32. he spake three thousand proverbs—embodying his moral sentiments and sage observations on human life and character.

songs … a thousand and five—Psalm 72, 127, 132, and the Song of Songs are his.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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