1 Kings 10:23
New International Version
King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.

New Living Translation
So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth.

English Standard Version
Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Berean Study Bible
So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

New American Standard Bible
So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

King James Bible
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

Christian Standard Bible
King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and in wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
He was the richest and wisest king in the world.

Good News Translation
King Solomon was richer and wiser than any other king,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and in wisdom.

International Standard Version
As a result, King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in regards to wealth and wisdom.

NET Bible
King Solomon was wealthier and wiser than any of the kings of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In wealth and wisdom King Solomon was greater than all the [other] kings of the world.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

New American Standard 1977
So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

American King James Version
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

American Standard Version
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Solomon increased beyond all the kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches, and wisdom.

Darby Bible Translation
And king Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

English Revised Version
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

World English Bible
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.

Young's Literal Translation
And king Solomon is greater than any of the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom,
Study Bible
Solomon's Wealth and Splendor
22For the king had the ships of Tarshish at sea with Hiram’s fleet, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 23So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. 24The whole world sought an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart.…
Cross References
1 Kings 3:12
behold, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

1 Kings 3:13
Moreover, I will give you what you did not request--both riches and honor--so that during all your days no man in any kingdom will be your equal.

1 Kings 4:30
Solomon's wisdom was greater than that of all the men of the East, greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.

Ecclesiastes 1:16
I said to myself, "Behold, I have grown and increased in wisdom beyond all those before me who were over Jerusalem, and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."

Treasury of Scripture

So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

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1 Kings 3:12,13
Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee…

1 Kings 4:29-34
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore…

2 Chronicles 9:22,23
And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom…







Lexicon
So King
הַמֶּ֣לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

Solomon
שְׁלֹמֹ֔ה (šə·lō·mōh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8010: Solomon -- David's son and successor to his throne

surpassed
וַיִּגְדַּל֙ (way·yiḡ·dal)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1431: To grow up, become great

all
מִכֹּ֖ל (mik·kōl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the kings
מַלְכֵ֣י (mal·ḵê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

of the earth
הָאָ֑רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

in riches
לְעֹ֖שֶׁר (lə·‘ō·šer)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6239: Wealth

and in wisdom.
וּלְחָכְמָֽה׃ (ū·lə·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom
(23-25) All the kings.--These verses indicate the character of the empire of Solomon, as a loosely-compacted group of tributary states round the dominant kingdom of Israel, kept to their allegiance mainly by the ascendency of his personal wisdom and ability, partly by the ties of commercial intercourse and the attractions of his wealth and splendour, and to some degree (though in his case to a less extent than usual) by an imposing military force. It rose rapidly in the comparative abeyance of the great neighbouring empires of Egypt and Assyria, and fell as rapidly on the death of Solomon and the disruption of the kingdom. In the grand description of it in Psalms 72, we observe that while its wealth and prosperity are painted in bright colours, the chief stress is laid on its moral greatness, as a kingdom of righteousness and peace: "All kings shall fall down before him; all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth . . . He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment." Here, with the same general idea, but with a characteristic difference of expression, the chief emphasis is laid on the wisdom of Solomon, acknowledged as the gift of God (see Note on 1Kings 4:29), and being a moral and religious at least as much as an intellectual power. In this higher character it was the type of the kingdom of the true Son of David. In this, rather than in wealth and power, lay its true glory; and the falling away from this in the later days of Solomon brought at once decay and ruin.

Verse 23. - So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and wisdom [Cf. 1 Kings 3:13. "There is something ominous of evil here. Riches are put before wisdom. This was not the case in the beginning of Solomon's reign (1 Kings 3:11)" - Wordsworth. 10:14-29 Solomon increased his wealth. Silver was nothing accounted of. Such is the nature of worldly wealth, plenty of it makes it the less valuable; much more should the enjoyment of spiritual riches lessen our esteem of all earthly possessions. If gold in abundance makes silver to be despised, shall not wisdom, and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, which are far better than gold, make gold to be lightly esteemed? See in Solomon's greatness the performance of God's promise, and let it encourage us to seek first the righteousness of God's kingdom. This was he, who, having tasted all earthly enjoyments, wrote a book, to show the vanity of all worldly things, the vexation of spirit that attends them, and the folly of setting our hearts upon them: and to recommend serious godliness, as that which will do unspeakably more to make us happy, that all the wealth and power he was master of; and, through the grace of God, it is within our reach.
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