1 King Solomon was king over all Israel. 2 These were the princes
whom he had: Azariah the son of Zadok, the priest; 3 Elihoreph and Ahijah,
the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder;
4 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host; and Zadok and
Abiathar were priests; 5 and Azariah the son of Nathan was over the
officers; and Zabud the son of Nathan was chief minister, and the
kingís friend; 6 and Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son
of Abda was over the men subject to forced labor. 7 Solomon had twelve
officers over all Israel, who provided victuals for the king and his
household: each man had to make provision for a month in the year. 8 These
are their names: Ben Hur, in the hill-country of Ephraim; 9 Ben Deker, in
Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan; 10 Ben
Hesed, in Arubboth (to him pertained Socoh, and all the land of
Hepher); 11 Ben Abinadab, in all the height of Dor (he had Taphath the
daughter of Solomon as wife); 12 Baana the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and
Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is beside Zarethan, beneath Jezreel, from
Beth-shean to Abel Meholah, as far as beyond Jokmeam; 13 Ben Geber, in
Ramoth-gilead (to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of
Manasseh, which are in Gilead; even to him pertained the
region of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with walls and brazen
bars); 14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim; 15 Ahimaaz, in
Naphtali (he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon as wife); 16 Baana
the son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth; 17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah,
in Issachar; 18 Shimei the son of Ela, in Benjamin; 19 Geber the son of
Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of
Og king of Bashan; and he was the only officer who was in the land.
20 Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is by the sea in
multitude, eating and drinking and making merry. 21 Solomon ruled over all
the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, and to the border
of Egypt: they brought tribute, and served Solomon all the days of his life.
22 Solomonís provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and
sixty measures of meal, 23 ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the
pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides harts, and gazelles, and roebucks,
and fattened fowl. 24 For he had dominion over all the region on
this side the River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings on this
side the River: and he had peace on all sides round about him. 25 Judah
and Israel lived safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. 26 Solomon had forty
thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
27 Those officers provided victuals for king Solomon, and for all who came
to king Solomonís table, every man in his month; they let nothing be lacking.
28 Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds brought they to
the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge.
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and very
great understanding, even as the sand that is on the sea-shore.
30 Solomonís wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east,
and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan
the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his
fame was in all the nations round about. 32 He spoke three thousand
proverbs; and his songs were one thousand five. 33 He spoke of trees, from
the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall;
he spoke also of animals, and of birds, and of creeping things, and of fish.
34 There came of all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings
of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
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