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1 Kings 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Solomon’s Officials and Governors
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:1 - King Solomon now ruled over all Israel,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:2 - and these were his high officials:
Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:3 - Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, were court secretaries.
Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:4 - Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the army.
Zadok and Abiathar were priests.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:5 - Azariah son of Nathan was in charge of the district governors.
Zabud son of Nathan, a priest, was a trusted adviser to the king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:6 - Ahishar was manager of the palace property.
Adoniram son of Abda was in charge of the labor force.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:7 - Solomon also had twelve district governors who were over all Israel. They were responsible for providing food for the king’s household. Each of them arranged provisions for one month of the year.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:8 - These are the names of the twelve governors:
Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:9 - Ben-deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-bethhanan.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:10 - Ben-hesed, in Arubboth, including Socoh and all the land of Hepher.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:11 - Ben-abinadab, in all of Naphoth-dor.[fn] (He was married to Taphath, one of Solomon’s daughters.)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:12 - Baana son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, all of Beth-shan[fn] near Zarethan below Jezreel, and all the territory from Beth-shan to Abel-meholah and over to Jokmeam.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:13 - Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead, including the Towns of Jair (named for Jair of the tribe of Manasseh[fn]) in Gilead, and in the Argob region of Bashan, including sixty large fortified towns with bronze bars on their gates.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:14 - Ahinadab son of Iddo, in Mahanaim.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:15 - Ahimaaz, in Naphtali. (He was married to Basemath, another of Solomon’s daughters.)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:16 - Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and in Aloth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:17 - Jehoshaphat son of Paruah, in Issachar.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:18 - Shimei son of Ela, in Benjamin.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:19 - Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead,[fn] including the territories of King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan.
There was also one governor over the land of Judah.[fn]
Solomon’s Prosperity and Wisdom
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:20 - The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They were very contented, with plenty to eat and drink.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:21 - [fn]Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River[fn] in the north to the land of the Philistines and the border of Egypt in the south. The conquered peoples of those lands sent tribute money to Solomon and continued to serve him throughout his lifetime.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:22 - The daily food requirements for Solomon’s palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal[fn];
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:23 - also 10 oxen from the fattening pens, 20 pasture-fed cattle, 100 sheep or goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roe deer, and choice poultry.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:24 - Solomon’s dominion extended over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah to Gaza. And there was peace on all his borders.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:25 - During the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. And from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, each family had its own home and garden.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:26 - Solomon had 4,000[fn] stalls for his chariot horses, and he had 12,000 horses.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:27 - The district governors faithfully provided food for King Solomon and his court; each made sure nothing was lacking during the month assigned to him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:28 - They also brought the necessary barley and straw for the royal horses in the stables.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:29 - God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:30 - In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:31 - He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and the sons of Mahol—Heman, Calcol, and Darda. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:32 - He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:33 - He could speak with authority about all kinds of plants, from the great cedar of Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows from cracks in a wall. He could also speak about animals, birds, small creatures, and fish.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:34 - And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Naphath-dor, a variant spelling of Naphoth-dor.
Hebrew Beth-shean, a variant spelling of Beth-shan; also in 4:12b.
Hebrew Jair son of Manasseh; compare 1 Chr 2:22.
Greek version reads of Gad; compare 4:13.
As in some Greek manuscripts; Hebrew lacks of Judah. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Verses 4:21-34 are numbered 5:1-14 in Hebrew text.
Hebrew the river; also in 4:24.
Hebrew 30 cors [5.5 kiloliters] of choice flour and 60 cors [11 kiloliters] of meal.
Or and fattened geese.
Hebrew each family lived under its own grapevine and under its own fig tree.
As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 2 Chr 9:25); Hebrew reads 40,000.
Or 12,000 charioteers.

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