10:29 imported . . . they were exported. Not only did Solomon amass chariots and horses, he also initiated substantial trade in these commodities through “the king’s traders” (v. 28). In doing this Solomon was exploiting Israel’s strategic geographic location.
the kings of the Hittites. The Hittites lived in Anatolia (Asia Minor). During Solomon’s reign they were no longer the unified empire they had been between 1375–1240 b.c. They were now ruled by a number of minor kings, each with his own domain.