Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 2 Chronicles
Book: 2 Chronicles
Chapter: 9

The Queen of Sheba. (1-12) Solomon's riches, and his Death.

1-12 This history has been considered, 1Ki 10; yet because
our Saviour has proposed it as an Example in seeking after him,

Mt 12:42, we must not pass it over without observing, that
those who know the worth of true Wisdom will grudge No pains or
cost to obtain it. The Queen of Sheba Put herself to a great
Deal of trouble and expense to hear the Wisdom of Solomon; and
yet, learning from him to serve God, and do her duty, she
thought herself Well paid for her pains. Heavenly Wisdom is that
Pearl of great price, for which, if we part with all, we make a
good bargain.

13-31 The imports here mentioned, would show that prosperity
drew the minds of Solomon and his subjects to the Love of things
curious and uncommon, though useless in themselves. True Wisdom
and happiness are always united together; but No such Alliance
exists between wealth and the enjoyment of the things of this
Life. Let us then acquaint ourselves with the Saviour, that we
may find Rest for our souls. Here is Solomon reigning in wealth
and power, in ease and Fulness, the like of which could never
since be found; for the most known of the great princes of the
Earth were famed for their wars; whereas Solomon reigned forty
years in profound peace. The promise was fulfilled, that God
would give him riches and honour, such as No Kings have had or
shall have. The lustre wherein he appeared, was typical of the
spiritual Glory of the kingdom of the Messiah, and but a faint
representation of His Throne, which is above every Throne. Here
is Solomon dying, and leaving all his wealth and power to one
who he knew would be a fool! Ec 2:18,19. This was not only
vanity, but vexation of Spirit. Neither power, wealth, nor
Wisdom, can Ward off or prepare for the stroke of Death. But
thanks be to God who giveth the victory to the true believer,
even over this dreaded enemy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.