1 Kings 4:32
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English Standard Version
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.

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.

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.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This verse is not to be regarded "as a parenthesis according to the intention of the editor," but gives a further proof of the peace and prosperity which the kingdom and people enjoyed under Solomon. Solomon had a strong force of war chariots and cavalry, that he might be able to suppress every attempt on the part of the tributary kings of Syria and Philistia to revolt and disturb the peace. "Solomon had 4000 racks of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 riding horses," which were kept partly in Jerusalem and partly in cities specially built for the purpose (1 Kings 9:19; 1 Kings 10:26; 2 Chronicles 1:14; 2 Chronicles 9:25). ארבּעים (40) is an old copyist's error for ארבּעה (4), which we find in the parallel passage 2 Chronicles 9:25, and as we may also infer from 1 Kings 10:26 and 2 Chronicles 1:14, since according to these passages Solomon had 1400 רכב or war chariots. For 4000 horses are a very suitable number for 1400 chariots, though not 40,000, since two draught horses were required for every war chariot, and one horse may have been kept as a reserve. ארוה does not mean a team (Ges.), but a rack or box in a stable, from ארה, carpere. According to Vegetius, i. 56, in Bochart (Hieroz. i. p. 112, ed. Ros.), even in ancient times every horse had it own crib in the stable just as it has now. Bttcher (n. ex. Krit. Aehrenl. ii. p. 27) is wrong in supposing that there were several horses, say at least ten, to one rack. מרכּב is used collectively for "chariots."

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he spake

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 people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out...

Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables...

songs

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

Cross References
1 Kings 4:33
He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish.

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

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

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

Ecclesiastes 12:9
Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care.

Ecclesiastes 12:12
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

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

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