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Azariah son of Zadok, priest;
Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud, court historian;
Zadok and Abiathar, priests;
Zabud son of Nathan, a priest and adviser to the king;
and Adoniram son of Abda, in charge of forced labor.
7 Solomon had twelve deputies for all Israel. They provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month out of the year.w 8 These were their names:
Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim;
There was one deputy in the land of Judah.A
20 Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea;a they were eating, drinking, and rejoicing. 21 Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and as far as the border of Egypt.b They offered tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.c
22 Solomon’s provisions for one day were 180 bushelsB of fine flour and 360 bushelsC of meal, 23 ten fattened cattle, twenty range cattle, and a hundred sheep and goats, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and pen-fed poultry,D,d 24 for he had dominion over everything west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza and over all the kings west of the Euphrates. He had peace on all his surrounding borders. 25 Throughout Solomon’s reign, Judah and Israel lived in safety from Dan to Beer-sheba,e each person under his own vine and his own fig tree.f 26 Solomon had forty thousand* stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.g 27 Each of those deputies for a month in turn provided food for King Solomon and for everyone who came to King Solomon’s table. They neglected nothing. 28 Each man brought the barley and the straw for the chariot teams and the other horsesh to the required place according to his assignment.F
29 God gave Solomon wisdom, very great insight, and understandingi as vast as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East,j greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.k 31 He was wiser than anyonel—wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite,m and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, sons of Mahol.n His reputation extended to all the surrounding nations.o
32 Solomon spoke 3,000 proverbs,p and his songs numbered 1,005.q 33 He spoke about trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall. He also spoke about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. 34 Emissaries of all peoples, sent by every king on earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom.r
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