1 Kings 10:7
However, I believed not the words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me…
The queen's words and gifts suggest wide truths. Her experience that the reality transcended all report and expectation is repeated in every, heart that faithfully clings to Jesus and brings its questions and doubts to Him. "He must be loved ere that to you He will seem worthy of your love." Just as, after all the speech of poets from the beginning of the world, he sweetness of love has not been told, and every heart that is blessed by it feels that it is more than all words can declare; so, after all that saints and evangelists have said of Christ, each soul which enters into faithful fellowship with Him finds that "the half was not told" it. No painter can put the melting glories of sunset on his canvas. No description can give one who has not heard it a true impression of the majesty and pathos of Beethoven's thunderous music. Nothing but tasting for ourselves can tell us how good the Lord is. Even here Jesus gives "to eat of the hidden manna," and the secrets of His love are only known by the loving heart. No man who rejects Him knows rightly Him whom he rejects.
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.