9 Of the wood of Lebanon, Solomon the King made himself a palanquin;
10 He made its pillars of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple,
its interior paved with love by the daughters of Jerusalem.
11 Go forth oh daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon
with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding,
The day of the gladness of his heart (Song of Solomon 3:9-11).
I’ve always heard, “Buy the best. If you can’t afford to buy the best, then don’t buy anything at all until you can afford to buy the best.” It sounds like that was Solomon’s motto. His couch on which he was carried about town seems to have been sumptuous! But what was even better was his crown. People were sent out into the streets to get a look at his crown. Plus, his mother, Bathesheba, put that crown on his head when he married. David, his father, had passed into heaven or he would have crowned his son. All was well by the time Solomon wore the crown. Israel lived in the greatest peace and prosperity the world has ever known. I’m sure everybody loved him for bringing all of them into “Shalom.”