1st Kings 3

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The First Book of the Kings

Chapter 4


So king Solomon was king over all Israel.


And these [were] the princes which he had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest,


Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes;6 Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.56


And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada [was] over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar [were] the priests:


And Azariah the son of Nathan [was] over the officers:12 and Zabud the son of Nathan [was] principal officer, [and] the king's friend:


And Ahishar [was] over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda [was] over the tribute.


And Solomon had twelve 6240 officers12 over all Israel, which provided victuals43 for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision.44


And these [are] their names: The son of Hur, 2354 1133 in mount Ephraim:


The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh, and Elonbethhanan:


The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him [pertained] Sochoh, and all the land of Hepher:


The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:


Baana the son of Ahilud; [to him pertained] Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which [is] by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, [even] unto [the place that is] beyond Jokneam:


The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; 7433 to him [pertained] the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which [are] in Gilead; to him [also pertained] the region of Argob, which [is] in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars:


Ahinadab the son of Iddo [had] Mahanaim:


Ahimaaz [was] in Naphtali; he also took1 Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife:


Baanah the son of Hushai [was] in Asher and in Aloth:


Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:


Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:


Geber the son of Uri [was] in the country of Gilead, [in] the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and [he was] the only officer which [was] in the land.


Judah and Israel [were] many, as the sand which [is] by the sea in multitude, eating6 and drinking,6 and making merry.


And Solomon reigned6 over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought56 presents, and served6 Solomon all the days of his life.


And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,


Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted7 fowl.


For he had dominion6 over all [the region] on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides 5676 round about him.


And Judah and Israel dwelt4 safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.


And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve 6240 thousand horsemen.


And those officers12 provided victual43 for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked17 nothing.


Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought55 they unto the place where [the officers] were, every man according to his charge.


And God gave4 Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much,53 and largeness of heart, even as the sand that [is] on the sea shore.


And Solomon's wisdom excelled4 the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.


For he was wiser4 than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.


And he spake17 three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.


And he spake17 of trees, from the cedar tree that [is] in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out6 of the wall: he spake17 also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.


And there came4 of all people to hear2 the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard1 of his wisdom.

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