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6. The organization of his governmental administration 4:1-19
1 Kings 4 :1 4:1 Now King Solomon was king over all Israel.
1 Kings 4 :2 4:2 And these were the officials with him: aAzariah the son of Zadok, the priest;
1 Kings 4 :3 4:3 Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder;
1 Kings 4 :4 4:4 And aBenaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the army; and Zadok and Abiathar were high priests;
1 Kings 4 :5 4:5 And Azariah the son of aNathan was over the superintendents; and Zabud the son of Nathan was the principal officer, the king’s friend;
1 Kings 4 :6 4:6 And Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the forced labor.
1 Kings 4 :7 4:7 And Solomon had twelve superintendents over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his house; each month of the year one had to provide food.
1 Kings 4 :8 4:8 And these are their names: Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim;
1 Kings 4 :9 4:9 Ben-deker, in Makaz and in Shaalbim and Beth-shemesh and Elon-beth-hanan;
1 Kings 4 :10 4:10 Ben-hesed, in Arubboth (to him pertained Socoh and all the land of Hepher);
1 Kings 4 :11 4:11 Ben-abinadab, in all the highland of Dor (he had Taphath the daughter of Solomon as his wife);
1 Kings 4 :12 4:12 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;
1 Kings 4 :13 4:13 Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead (to him pertained the villages of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; and to him pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with walls and bronze bars);
1 Kings 4 :14 4:14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;
1 Kings 4 :15 4:15 Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon as his wife);
1 Kings 4 :16 4:16 Baana the son of Hushai, in Asher and 1Bealoth;
1 Kings 4 :17 4:17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar;
1 Kings 4 :18 4:18 Shimei the son of Ela, in Benjamin;
1 Kings 4 :19 4:19 Geber the son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the land of Sihon the king of the Amorites and Og the king of Bashan (and there was only one superintendent in that land).
7. His prosperity under the rich blessing of God 4:20—5:18
1 Kings 4 :20 4:20 Judah and Israel were as numerous as the asand that is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and rejoicing.
1 Kings 4 :21 4:21 And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the 1aRiver to the land of the Philistines and unto the border of Egypt; they bbrought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
1 Kings 4 :22 4:22 And Solomon’s provisions for one day were thirty 1cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal,
1 Kings 4 :23 4:23 Ten fattened oxen and twenty pastured oxen and a hundred sheep, besides deer and gazelles and roebucks and fattened fowl.
1 Kings 4 :24 4:24 For he had dominion over all the area west of the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings west of the River; and he had apeace on all sides around him.
1 Kings 4 :25 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt securely, every man under his avine and under his fig tree, from bDan to Beer-sheba, throughout all Solomon’s days.
1 Kings 4 :26 4:26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots and twelve thousand horsemen.
1 Kings 4 :27 4:27 And those superintendents provided food for King Solomon and for all who came to King Solomon’s table, each in his month; they left nothing lacking.
1 Kings 4 :28 4:28 And they also brought to the place where it should be, barley and straw for the horses and steeds, each according to his charge.
1 Kings 4 :29 4:29 And God gave Solomon awisdom and very much understanding and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore.
1 Kings 4 :30 4:30 And Solomon’s 1wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the children of the east and all the wisdom of aEgypt.
1 Kings 4 :31 4:31 For he became wiser than all men, wiser than aEthan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame was among all the surrounding nations.
1 Kings 4 :32 4:32 And he spoke three thousand aproverbs, and his bsongs numbered a thousand and five.
1 Kings 4 :33 4:33 And he discoursed about trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that shoots forth out of the wall; he also discoursed about animals and about birds and about creeping things and about fish.
1 Kings 4 :34 4:34 And they 1came from all the peoples to hear the awisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.
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