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1 Kings 4:32

    1 Kings 4:32 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he spake three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He was the maker of three thousand wise sayings, and of songs to the number of a thousand and five.

    Webster's Revision

    And he spake three thousand proverbs; and his songs were a thousand and five.

    World English Bible

    He spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were one thousand five.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 4:32

    He spake three thousand proverbs - The book of Proverbs, attributed to Solomon, contain only about nine hundred or nine hundred and twenty-three distinct proverbs; and if we grant with some that the first nine chapters are not the work of Solomon, then all that can be attributed to him is only about six hundred and fifty.

    Of all his one thousand and five songs or poems we have only one, the book of Song of Solomon, remaining, unless we include Psalm 127:1-5, Except the Lord build the house, etc., which in the title is said to be by or for him, though it appears more properly to be a psalm of direction, left him by his father David, relative to the building of the temple.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 4:32

    Proverbs - In the collection which forms the "Book of Proverbs," only a small portion has been preserved, less certainly than one thousand out of the three. Ecclesiastes, if it is Solomon's, would add between one hundred and two hundred more proverbs. But the great bulk of Solomon's proverbs has perished.

    Songs - Of these, Canticles is probably one (marginal reference): Psalm 72; Psalm 127:1-5 may also be of the number. Probably the bulk of Solomon's songs were of a secular character, and consequently were not introduced into the canon of Scripture.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Kings 4:32

    4:32 Proverbs - That is, short, and deep, and useful sentences, whereof a great part are contained in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Songs - Whereof the chief and most divine are in the Canticles.