And all the leaders, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon the king.
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George Leo Haydock
Gave. Hebrew, "placed their hands upon Solomon. "Septuagint, "were subject to him. "(Calmet)
The latter words in the Vulgate explain the meaning of the ceremony. (Menochius)
It seems to have been similar to that used when Abraham required an oath of his servant, Genesis xxiv. 2. Vassals placed their hands within those of their Lord, under whom they hold lands; (Calmet) and the descendants of the Germans testify their submission, by putting their hands between a person's knees.
The nobles took the oath of fidelity to Solomon, by some such method. (Calmet)