1 Kings 4: Solomon's Administration &
King Solomon ruled over all Israel.
these were his chief officials: Azariah son of
and Ahijah, sons of Shisha— secretaries; Jehoshaphat
son of Ahilud— recorder;
son of Jehoiada— commander in chief; Zadok and
son of Nathan— in charge of the district governors;
Zabud son of Nathan— a priest and adviser to
palace administrator; Adoniram son of Abda—in
charge of forced labor.
Solomon's greatness, his wisdom puts men in place to bring order
and authority to the administration.]
had twelve district governors over all Israel,
who supplied provisions for the king and the royal household.
Each one had to provide supplies for one month in the year.
are their names: Ben-Hur—in the hill country of Ephraim;
Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh and Elon Bethhanan;
Arubboth (Sokoh and all the land of Hepher were his);
Naphoth Dor (he was married to Taphath daughter of Solomon);
son of Ahilud—in Taanach and Megiddo, and in all of Beth Shan
next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah
across to Jokmeam;
Ramoth Gilead (the settlements of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead
were his, as well as the region of Argob in Bashan and its sixty
large walled cities with bronze gate bars);
son of Iddo—in Mahanaim;
Naphtali (he had married Basemath daughter of Solomon);
son of Hushai—in Asher and in Aloth;
son of Paruah—in Issachar;
son of Ela—in Benjamin;
son of Uri—in Gilead (the country of Sihon king of the Amorites
and the country of Og king of Bashan). He was the only governor
over the district.
rule and authority is spread through twelve districts.]
people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the
seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy .
Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to
the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These
countries brought tribute and were Solomon's subjects all his
daily provisions were thirty cors of the finest flour and
sixty cors of meal,
head of stall-fed cattle, twenty of pasture-fed cattle and a hundred
sheep and goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks and choice
he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River, from
Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides.
Solomon's lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba
, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under
their own fig tree.
had four thousand stalls for chariot horses, and twelve thousand
district governors, each in his month, supplied provisions for
King Solomon and all who came to the king's table. They saw to
it that nothing was lacking.
also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw
for the chariot horses and the other horses.
people are blessed by Solomon's wise rule and there is abundance,
prosperity and security. The court is provided for by the twelve
district governors, each allocated a month of the year.]
gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding
as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East,
and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.
was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser
than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his
fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand
spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop
that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds,
reptiles and fish.
all nations people came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by
all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.
fame of the excelling wisdom of Solomon spread to all the surrounding
nations. It is amazing!]
TO CHAPTER 5