The books written by King Solomon are part of the Writings section of the Hebrew Bible.
Does the Bible describe King Solomon's royal administration?
“So King Solomon was king over all Israel. And these were his officials: Azariah the son of Zadok, the priest; Elihoreph and Ahijah … scribes; Jehoshaphat … the recorder” (1 Kings 4:1-3 1 Kings 4:1-3 1 So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest,
3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
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Again, the offices of scribe and recorder were ranked high in the king's administration. Like his father, David, King Solomon prized these men and their skills.
Did some of the books of the Bible eventually emerge from this great emphasis on writing?
“He [Solomon] spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five” (verse 32).
Only a few hundred of Solomon's proverbs are recorded in the book of Proverbs. Only one of his songs (appropriately known as the Song of Songs) is preserved for us in the Bible. So a great deal of evaluation of written material had to have taken place. Solomon's contributions to the Bible are accurately termed Wisdom Books.
Who is the real source of Solomon's wisdom?
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. . .For he was wiser than all men” (verses 29, 31).
“And all the kings of earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart” (2 Chronicles 9:23 2 Chronicles 9:23And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.
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This is an important biblical fact and one we should never forget: God is the ultimate source of the books of the Bible, no matter the human beings He used to write them. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” wrote the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 3:16 2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
American King James Version×). The wisdom of Solomon came from the Creator God.
Which well-known book of the Bible did King Solomon write?
“These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied” (Proverbs 25:1 Proverbs 25:1These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
American King James Version×).
The book of Proverbs commences with a brief introduction (Proverbs 1:1-7 Proverbs 1:1-7 1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
American King James Version×) followed by a long section extolling the merits of wisdom. Then chapter 10 begins the main body of Solomon's proverbs, some of which were later copied by King Hezekiah's scribes (Proverbs 25:1 Proverbs 25:1These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
American King James Version×). The final two chapters are attributed to two other people, but Solomon is the principal author of the book.
These biblical proverbs are instructive sayings that often contrast right and wrong in one brief passage. These practical points of wisdom not only enrich our lives, but help us avoid trouble. In short, here we have a brief guidebook for successful living.
What book of biblical philosophy did Solomon write?
Here, in the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon reflects on his life and experiences. He concludes that fearing God and keeping His commandments constitute “man's all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 Ecclesiastes 12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
American King James Version×). He observes that without God life has no real meaning—and that all too many people waste their lives pursuing things that will never truly satisfy them. He reminds us that God will eventually bring every human work into judgment (Ecclesiastes 11:9 Ecclesiastes 11:9Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth, and walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes: but know you, that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
American King James Version×; 12:14).