1 Chronicles 29:28
And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.
The book which has been so largely occupied with the acts and the reign of David, closes with the accession of his son. It is an exemplification of the old saying, "One generation passeth away and another generation cometh." Each generation has its own work to do, and has then to make way for its successor. David's part was to conquer by valour and power; Solomon's part was to reign in magnificence. David prepared for the temple; Solomon built it. Everything that a father could do to facilitate a son's work David certainly did for his successor, who entered upon a heritage of peace and power.
I. THE FOUNDATION OF SOLOMON'S THRONE WAS LAID IS RELIGION. They "anointed him unto the Lord;" he "sat on the throne of the Lord." These expressions, taken in connection with the narrative of the events following Solomon's accession, indicate that he began his reign in a truly religious spirit, with a desire to consecrate his position and influence to the glory of God.
II. THE COMMENCEMENT OF SOLOMON'S REIGN WAS MARKED BY THE ALLEGIANCE OF THE PRINCES AND THE OBEDIENCE OF THE POPULATION GENERALLY. With conspicuous loyalty the ancient captains and chiefs of David transferred their allegiance to his youthful successor, and the people who had been dazzled into obedience by the exploits of the father, at once and cheerfully submitted to the sway of the son.
III. THE PROGRESS OF SOLOMON'S REIGN WAS DISTINGUISHED BY PROSPERITY AND BY MAJESTY. This glory is by the chronicler justly attributed to the favour of the Lord. The "royal majesty" of the youthful occupant of the throne exceeded anything before known in Israel. The following Book of Chronicles is an abundant proof of this. During the first part, at all events, of this splendid reign, Solomon was faithful to his trust and to his God. He was a type of the Prince of peace, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and whose dominion endureth throughout all generations. - T.
Parallel VersesKJV: And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.