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1 Kings 4:30

    1 Kings 4:30 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    Webster's Revision

    And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    World English Bible

    Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 4:30

    The children of the east country - That is the Chaldeans, Persians, and Arabians, who, with the Egyptians, were famed for wisdom and knowledge through all the world.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 4:30

    Children of the east country - Rather, "of the East" - the Beni Kedem - a distinct tribe, who occupied both sides of the Euphrates along its middle course (marginal reference). They were mostly nomads, who dwelt in tents Jeremiah 49:28-29. Job belonged to them Job 1:3, as did probably his three friends; and, perhaps, Balsam Numbers 23:7. They must have been either Arabs or Aramaeans. We may see in the Book of Job the character of their "wisdom." Like Solomon's, it was chiefly gnomic but included some knowledge of natural history. The "wisdom of Egypt" was of a different kind. It included magic Genesis 41:8; Exodus 7:11, geometry, medicine, astronomy, architecture, and a dreamy mystic philosophy, of which metempsychosis was the main principle. It is not probable that Solomon was, like Moses (marginal reference), deeply versed in Egyptian science. The writer only means to say that his wisdom was truer and more real than all the much-praised wisdom of Egypt.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Kings 4:30

    4:30 East country - The Chaldeans, Persians, and Arabians, who all lay eastward from Canaan, and were famous in ancient times for their wisdom and learning. Egypt - The Egyptians, whose fame was then great for their skill in the arts and sciences, which made them despise the Grecians as children in knowledge.