“The son of Melea,
The son of Menna,
The son of Mattatha,
The son of Nathan,
The son of David.”
τοῦ Μελεὰ τοῦ Μεννὰ τοῦ Ματταθὰ τοῦ Ναθὰμ τοῦ Δαυεὶδ
Once again, these genealogies of Matthew and Luke converge with the name of David. However, they both have different sons of David for their lineage. Matthew, chapter 1:6-8, has Solomon, while Luke has Nathan. King David had 6 sons while living in Hebron for a little over 7 years, based on 2 Samuel, chapter 3. Each son had a different mother. After King David moved to Jerusalem, he had some more wives and concubines. Altogether, David had at least 20 named children, as indicated in 2 Samuel, chapter 13. Shimea or Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon (Σολομῶνα), were the 4 sons of him and Bathsheba. Solomon followed David to the throne as king, because of the intrigues of his mother Bathsheba, as found in 1 Kings, chapters 1-2. I Chronicles, chapter 3, lists the kings of Judah, based on 1 Kings and 2 Kings. Based on those 2 books, there was no disruption in the lineage of David via Solomon to all the kings of Judah before the Exile, since there were no revolutions in the southern kingdom of Judah. However, Luke’s Nathan never became a king. Luke listed the genealogy as the son of Melea (τοῦ Μελεὰ), the son of Menna (τοῦ Μεννὰ), the son of Mattatha (τοῦ Ματταθὰ), the son of Nathan (τοῦ Ματταθὰ), the son of David (τοῦ Δαυεὶδ).
The father of Solomon
By the wife of Uriah.”
Δαυεὶδ δὲ ἐγέννησεν τὸν Σολομῶνα ἐκ τῆς τοῦ Οὐρίου,
King David had 6 sons while living in Hebron for a little over 7 years, based on 2 Samuel, chapter 3. Each son had a different mother. After King David moved to Jerusalem, he had some more wives and concubines. Altogether, David had at least 20 named children, as indicated in 2 Samuel, chapter 13. Shimea or Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon (Σολομῶνα), were the 4 sons of him and Bathsheba. However, she was not mentioned by name here but was simply called the wife of Uriah (ἐκ τῆς τοῦ Οὐρίου). King David had Uriah killed, while committing adultery with her. Notice that the Greek text did not say wife but only implied it, saying she from Uriah. Solomon followed David to the throne as king, because of the intrigues of his mother Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan, as found in 1 Kings, chapters 1-2. The Greek text used the term ‘begat’ (ἐγέννησεν) to represent the relationships between David and Solomon. However, it seems perfectly acceptable to simply call David the father instead of saying “fathered him.”
Have not humbled
You knew all this!
You have exalted yourself
Against the Lord of heaven!
Of his temple
Have been brought in
Have been drinking wine
You have praised
They do not
You have not honored
In whose power
Is your very breath,
To whom belong
All your ways.’”
Daniel then turned to King Belshazzar himself, because he had not humbled his heart, even though he knew all about his father or grandfather. He too exalted himself against the Lord of heaven. He even took the vessels from his holy temple for his feast or party to drink wine with his lords, wives, and concubines. He even praised the false idol gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone who could not see, hear, or know anything. He did not honor the true God, who controls his life and his actions.
“There are sixty queens.
There are eighty concubines.
There are maidens without number.
My perfect one is the only one.
She is the darling of her mother.
She is flawless to her that bore her.
The maidens saw her.
They called her happy.
The queens saw her.
The concubines also saw her.
They praised her.
‘Who is this that looks forth like the dawn?
Who is as fair as the moon?
Who is as bright as the sun?
Who is as awesome as an army with banners?’”
Now this male lover or prince compares his lover to 60 queens, 80 concubines, and numerous maidens. Is this the king speaking about his various female companions or the prince speaking about them? His lover is considered better than all of them, since she is the perfect one. She was the flawless darling of her mother. Everyone, the queens, the concubines, and the maidens, seems to praise her. They are all looking forward to her as if she was like the dawn of a new day. She was like the moon and the sun combined. She was going to come with an awesome army of banners.
“I made great works.
I built houses.
I planted vineyards for myself.
I made myself gardens.
I made myself parks.
I planted in them
All kinds of fruit trees.
I made myself pools from which
To water the forest of growing trees.
I bought male slaves.
I bought female slaves.
I had slaves who were born in my house.
I had great possessions of herds.
I also had great possessions of flocks.
More than any
Who had been before me in Jerusalem.
I also gathered for myself
Silver and gold
From the treasure of kings and provinces.
I got singers,
Both men and women.
I enjoyed the delights of the flesh
With many concubines.”
Qoheleth continued his first person singular narrative. Was it all about him? He built great houses and vineyards just for himself. He made his own gardens and parks, all full of great fruit trees. He put in ponds besides the trees for irrigation. He bought both male and female servants. He created his own slaves by having them procreate in his house. He had great herds and flocks of animals and birds. He was richer than any man who had ever lived in Jerusalem. He gathered gold and silver from the various kings and provinces. He had male and female singers. Of course, he had many concubines to delight him. This was the life of luxury of a rich powerful self indulgent king of Jerusalem.
Son of my womb!
Son of my vows!
Do not give your strength to women!
Do not give your ways to those who destroy kings!”
This is the plea of a mother to her son. She is warning him about giving his strength to women since that destroys kings. This would be a propos if this was Bathsheba talking to her son Solomon, since he had 700 wives and 300 concubines according to 1 Kings, chapter 11.
“The turn came for each girl to go in to King Artaxerxes. This took place after being twelve months under the regulations for the women. The regular period of their beautifying treatment was six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics for women. When the girl went in to the king, she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. In the evening she went in. Then in the morning, she came back to the second harem in the custody of Shaashgaz the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She did not go in to the king again, unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.”
The audition with the king was pretty simple. Each girl had to wait a year in the harem in order to be beautiful enough for the king. These girls would spend 6 months with myrrh massage treatments and another 6 months with perfume and cosmetics massage treatments. When the girl went in to visit the king, she could bring whatever she wanted with her. She would then spend the evening with the king. Then in the morning, she would be part of the concubine harem that was under the custody of another eunuch, where she stayed until and if she was called again to be with the king.