1 Kings 11:42

42 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.

1 Kings 11:42 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 11:42

And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem, over all
Israel, was forty years.
] The same says Eupolemus F26, an Heathen writer, who makes him to live but fifty two years; which is the common tradition of the Jews, who suppose he was but twelve years of age when he began to reign; which is to be confuted from the age of his son Rehoboam, see ( 1 Kings 14:21 ) . Josephus F1, on the other hand, makes him to live to too great an age, who says that he reigned eighty years, and lived to ninety four.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 34.
F1 Antiqu. l. 8. c. 7. sect. 8.

1 Kings 11:42 In-Context

40 Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but he fled to King Shishak of Egypt and stayed there until Solomon died.
41 The rest of the events in Solomon’s reign, including all his deeds and his wisdom, are recorded in
42 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.
43 When he died, he was buried in the City of David, named for his father. Then his son Rehoboam became the next king.