Illustration Showing SOLOMON, from The Bible (Old Testament) - drawing by Gustave Dore - 036th.jpg (39K)

And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem,after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons anddaughters born to David. And these be the names of those thatwere born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, andNathan, and Solomon, Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, andJaphia, and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.—2 Samuel v.13-16.

And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her,and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his nameSolomon: and the Lord loved him.—2 Samuel xii, 24.

So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city ofDavid. And the days that David reigned over Israel were fortyyears: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and threeyears reigned he in Jerusalem.

Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father, and hiskingdom was established greatly.—1 Kings ii, 10-12.

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much,and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all thechildren of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For hewas wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, andChalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in allnations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs: andhis songs were a thousand and five. And he spake of trees, fromthe cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop thatspringeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl,and of creeping things, and of fishes. And there came of allpeople to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of theearth, which had heard of his wisdom.—2 Kings iv, 29-34.

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