following verse 'in the high places.' They were well-known seats
of worship. unto the name of the Lord] The phrase in the
Pentateuch is that God 'chooses to place His name' where He
desires to be worshipped. Cf. Deut. xii. 11; xiv. 23; xvi. 2, 6,
11; &c. 3. walking in the statutes of Da rid his father] These
are the observances which David had enjoined in ii. 3. 4. to
Gibeon] The Hivite city which was assigned by Joshua to the tribe
of Benjamin (Josh, xviii. 21 вАФ 25). It is most known in early times
for the cunning device of its inhabitants to secure a treaty with
Joshua and the Israelites (Josh. ix.). the great high place]
Probably because the tabernacle was there. This was likely to
make it more famous than its neighbours at Ramah or Mizpeh.
a thousand burnt offerings] Cf. 2 Chron. i. 2, 3. The king had
consulted all the people, and the great officers, and went up in a
solemn procession with all the congregation. This accounts for the
abundance of the offerings.
5. In Gibeon] The narrative which follows shews that God
accepted the sacrifice of the king. in a dream] The frequent
way in which God is said to have made known His will. Thus the
angel of God spake unto Jacob in a dream (Gen. xxxi. 11), and
Joseph speaks of Pharaoh's dream (Gen. xli. 25) as sent from God.
6. great mercy] As the word is the same as that rendered kind-
ness in the latter half of the verse it is better to render it so here.
The first kindness was during David's life, the further kindness
was in giving him a successor. 7. / am but a little child} (
This is a form of expression meant to indicate want of experience,
bat cannot be pressed literally. Solomon might be at this time
17 or 18 years old. to