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Chapter
1 Kings 4

Book of 1 Kings - Chapter 4

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King Solomon was king over all Israel.

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These were the princes whom he had: Azariah the son of Zadok, the priest;

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Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder;

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and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the army; and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

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and Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; and Zabud the son of Nathan was chief minister, [and] the king's friend;

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and Ahishar was over the household; and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the men subject to forced labor.

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Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household: each man had to make provision for a month in the year.

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These are their names: Ben Hur, in the hill country of Ephraim;

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Ben Deker, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan;

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Ben Hesed, in Arubboth (to him [pertained] Socoh, and all the land of Hepher);

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Ben Abinadab, in all the height of Dor (he had Taphath the daughter of Solomon as wife);

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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;

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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 bronze bars);

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Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;

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Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath the daughter of Solomon as wife);

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Baana the son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth;

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Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar;

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Shimei the son of Ela, in Benjamin;

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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.

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Judah and Israel were many as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking and making merry.

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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.

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

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ten head of fat cattle, and twenty head of cattle out of the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides harts, and gazelles, and roebucks, and fattened fowl.

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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 around him.

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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.

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

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Those officers provided food for king Solomon, and for all who came to king Solomon's table, every man in his month; they let nothing be lacking.

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Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds brought they to the place where [the officers] were, every man according to his duty.

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God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and very great understanding, even as the sand that is on the seashore.

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Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

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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 all around.

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He spoke three thousand proverbs; and his songs were one thousand five.

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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.

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There came of all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.