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1 Kings 4:32

32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.

Read 1 Kings 4:32 Using Other Translations

And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.

What does 1 Kings 4:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Kings 4:32

And he spake three thousand proverbs
Wise sayings, short and pithy sentences, instructive in morality and civil life; these were not written as the book of Proverbs, but spoken only, and were taken from his lips, and spread by those that heard them for the use of others, but in process of time were lost; whereas the above book, being written under divine inspiration, is preserved: and

his songs were a thousand and five;
some things that were useful to improve the minds and morals of men he delivered in verse, to make them more pleasant and agreeable, that they might be the more easily received and retained in memory; but of all his songs, the most: excellent is the book of Canticles, called "the Song of Songs", being divine and spiritual, and dictated by the inspiration of the Spirit of God: he was both a moral philosopher and poet, as well as a botanist and naturalist, and well-skilled in medicine, as the following words suggest, ( 1 Kings 4:33 ) .

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