1 Kings 4:20
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New International Version
The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.

King James Bible
Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.

Darby Bible Translation
Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry.

World English Bible
Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry.

Young's Literal Translation
Judah and Israel are many, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude, eating and drinking and rejoicing.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Eating and drinking, and making merry - They were very comfortable, very rich, very merry, and very corrupt. And this full feeding and dissipation led to a total corruption of manners.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

as the sand

1 Kings 3:8 And your servant is in the middle of your people which you have chosen, a great people...

Genesis 13:16 And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth...

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if you be able to number them...

Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven...

Proverbs 14:28 In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

eating

1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad on all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing...

1 Chronicles 12:39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brothers had prepared for them.

Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said...

Psalm 72:3-7 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness...

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor...

Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink...

Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid...

Zechariah 3:10 In that day, said the LORD of hosts, shall you call every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree.

Zechariah 9:15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink...

Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house...

Library
The Great Gain of Godliness
'And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. 26. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27. And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. 28. Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Pride of Prosperity
While Solomon exalted the law of heaven, God was with him, and wisdom was given him to rule over Israel with impartiality and mercy. At first, as wealth and worldly honor came to him, he remained humble, and great was the extent of his influence. "Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river [Euphrates] unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt." "He . . . had peace on all sides round about him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

A vision of Judgement and Cleansing
'And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? 3. Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the Angel. 4. And He answered and spake unto those that stood before Him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He said,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Historical Books.
1. In the Pentateuch we have the establishment of the Theocracy, with the preparatory and accompanying history pertaining to it. The province of the historical books is to unfold its practiced working, and to show how, under the divine superintendence and guidance, it accomplished the end for which it was given. They contain, therefore, primarily, a history of God's dealings with the covenant people under the economy which he had imposed upon them. They look at the course of human events on the
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Cross References
Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

Genesis 32:12
But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"

1 Kings 3:8
Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.

1 Kings 4:29
God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.

2 Kings 18:31
"Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern,

1 Chronicles 22:9
But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.

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