Verses 41-43 (1 Kings 11:41-43)

We have here the conclusion of Solomon?s story, and in it, 1. Reference is had to another history then extant, but (not being divinely inspired) since lost, the Book of the Acts of Solomon, 1 Kgs. 11:41. Probably this book was written by a chronologer or historiographer, whom Solomon employed to write his annals, out of which the sacred writer extracted what God saw fit to transmit to the church. 2. A summary of the years of his reign (1 Kgs. 11:42): He reigned in Jerusalem (not, as his father, part of his time in Hebron and part in Jerusalem), over all Israel (not as his son, and his father in the beginning of his time, over Judah only), forty years. His reign was as long as his father?s, but not his life. Sin shortened his days. 3. His death and burial, and his successor, 1 Kgs. 11:43. (1.) He followed his fathers to the grave, slept with them, and was buried in David?s burying-place, with honour no doubt. (2.) His son followed him in the throne. Thus the graves are filling with the generations that go off, and houses are filling with those that are growing up. As the grave cries, ?Give, give,? so land is never lost for want of an heir.

- Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary