God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore.
In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.
He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and the sons of Mahol—Heman, Calcol, and Darda. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations.
He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.
He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish.
And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.