1:9 let your word to David my father be now fulfilled. This request ties the reign of Solomon to David (1 Chr. 17:1–15 note; 22:5 note). Solomon depended fully on God for the ability to carry out his role as king (cf. 1 Chr. 29:14–16 note).
as numerous as the dust of the earth. Solomon recognized the multiplication of Israel as fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham (Gen. 13:16; 22:17). The promise would encourage readers in the time following the Babylonian exile to hope for successful repopulation of the Promised Land in their own day (Neh. 1:8, 9; Zech. 8:7, 8).