The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleProverbs 25:1
These [are] are also proverbs of Solomon…
follow to the end of the book, as well as those which go before. Here
begins a "third", some say a "fourth" part of this book. The Targum and
Syriac version read,
``these are also the deep proverbs of Solomon;''
and the Arabic version adds,
``the exposition of which is difficult;''
which the men Hezekiah king of Judah copied out;
out of the writings of
Solomon; out of his three thousand proverbs, it, nay be; or out of the
public records, which contained an account of his words and deeds. Who
these men were is not certain; perhaps his ministers of state, Eliakim,
Sheban, and Joah; or the prophets of his time, Isaiah, Micah, and
Hosea: the Targum and Syriac version call them his "friends". Whoever
they were, no doubt they were employed by Hezekiah; and which is
recorded to his honour, that he was so careful to preserve such useful
sayings, and annex them to those that were already collected and put
together as above. This verse, it is likely, was written by one of the
copiers. The proverbs begin in (Proverbs 25:2) .