Click to Change

Return to Top

Return to Top

Printer Icon


Copy Options
Format by: Verse Paragraph
Red Letter
Audio Bibles
The Blue Letter Bible

1 Kings 4 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

toggle collapse
Choose a new font size and typeface
Audio Bibles

Solomon’s Officials

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:1 -

So King Solomon was king over all Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:2 - These were his officials:

Azariah the son of Zadok was the priest;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:3 -

Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha were scribes;

Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was the recorder;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:4 -

and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the army;

and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:5 -

and Azariah the son of Nathan was over the deputies;

and Zabud the son of Nathan, a priest, was the king’s friend;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:6 -

and Ahishar was over the household;

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:7 -

Now Solomon had twelve deputies over all Israel, who sustained the king and his household; each man had to sustain them for a month in the year.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:8 - These are their names:

Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:9 -

Ben-deker in Makaz and Shaalbim and Beth-shemesh and Elonbeth-hanan;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:10 -

Ben-hesed, in Arubboth (Socoh was his and all the land of Hepher);

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:11 -

Ben-abinadab, in all [fn]the height of Dor (Taphath the daughter of Solomon was his wife);

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:12 -

Baana the son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is beside Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah as far as the other side of Jokmeam;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:13 -

Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead (now [fn]Havvoth-JairJair being the son of Manasseh—which is in Gilead was his: the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with walls and bronze bars were his);

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:14 -

Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:15 -

Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also married Basemath the daughter of Solomon);

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:16 -

Baana the son of Hushai, in Asher and [fn]Bealoth;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:17 -

Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:18 -

Shimei the son of Ela, in Benjamin;

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:19 -

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 deputy who was in the land.

Judah’s and Israel’s Abundance and Security

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:20 -

Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand that is on the [fn]seashore in abundance; they were eating and drinking and being glad.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:21 -

[fn]Now Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the [fn]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.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:22 -

And Solomon’s [fn]provision for one day was [fn]thirty kors of fine flour and [fn]sixty kors of meal,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:23 - ten fat oxen, twenty [fn]pasture-fed oxen, one hundred sheep besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fattened fowl.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:24 - For he had dominion over everything [fn]west of the [fn]River, from Tiphsah even to Gaza, over all the kings [fn]west of the [fn]River; and he had peace on all sides around about him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:25 - So Judah and Israel lived in security, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:26 - Solomon had [fn]40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:27 - And these deputies sustained King Solomon and all who came to King Solomon’s table, each in his month; they left nothing lacking.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:28 - They also brought barley and straw for the horses and swift steeds to the place where it should be, each according to the legal judgment for him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:29 -

And God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of understanding in his heart, like the sand that is on the seashore.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:30 - And Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:31 - And he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol, and [fn]Darda, the sons of Mahol; and the renown of his name was in all the surrounding nations.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:32 - He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:33 - And he spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that grows on the wall; he spoke also of animals and birds and creeping things and fish.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:34 - [fn]And men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.
LSB Footnotes
Or Naphoth-dor
Or the towns of Jair
Or in Aloth
Lit sea
Ch 5:1 in Heb
The Euphrates River
Lit bread
Approx. 195 bu. or 6.9 metric tons, a kor was approx. 6.5 bu. or 230 l
Approx. 390 bu. or 13.8 metric tons
Lit oxen of the pasture
Lit beyond
The Euphrates River
Lit beyond
The Euphrates River
One ms 4,000, cf. 2 Chr 9:25
In 1 Chr 2:6, Dara
Lit they

Copyright ©2021 by The Lockman Foundation

All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

For more information on this translation, see the LSB Preface.

BLB Searches
Search the Bible

Advanced Options

Other Searches

Multi-Verse Retrieval

Daily Devotionals

Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness.

Daily Bible Reading Plans

Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year.

One-Year Plans

Two-Year Plan