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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 1 Kings
Book: 1 Kings
Chapter: 5

Solomon's agreement with Hiram. (1-9) Solomon's workmen for
the Temple. (10-18)

1-9 Here is Solomon's design to build a Temple. There is No
Adversary, No Satan, So the Word is; No instrument of Satan to
oppose it, or to divert from it. Satan does all he can, to
hinder Temple work. When there is No evil abroad, then let us be
ready and active in that which is good, and get forward. Let
God's promises quicken our endeavours. And all outward skill and
advantages should be made serviceable to the interests of
Christ's kingdom. It Tyre supplies Israel with craftsmen, Israel
will supply Tyre with Corn, Eze 27:17. Thus, By the Wise
disposal of Providence, one country has need of another, and is
benefitted By another, that there may be dependence On one
another, to the Glory of God.

10-18 The Temple was chiefly built By the riches and labour of
Gentiles, which typified their being called into the Church.
Solomon commanded, and they brought costly Stones for the
foundation. Christ, who is laid for a Foundation, is a Chosen
and precious Stone. We should lay our foundation firm, and
bestow most pains On that part of our religion which lies out of
the sight of men. And happy those who, as lively Stones, are
built up a spiritual House, for a Habitation of God through the
Spirit. Who among us will build in the House of the Lord?