- ¶ So Solomon was king over all Israel.
- And these were the princes whom he had: Azariah the son of Zadok the priest;
- Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes;
Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
- And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the army;
and Zadok and Abiathar were priests;
- And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the governors;
and Zabur, the son of Nathan, the priest, was the king’s friend;
- And Abinshar was over the household;
and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute.
- And Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household and for the army;
each month of the year it fell on one of them to supply provisions.
- And these are their names: the son of Hur, who ruled in mount Ephraim;
- The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan;
- The son of Hesed, in Raboth to him belonged Socoth, and all the land of Hepher;
- The son of Abinadab, in Naphatdor, who had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife;
- Baana the son of Ahilud, who ruled in Taanach and Megiddo, and in all Beth-shean, which is beside Zartan, below Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, as far as the other side of Nekemaam;
- The son of Geber, in Ramoth-gilead;
to him belonged the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh;
to him also belonged the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with wails and bronze bars;
- Ahinadab the son of Iddo, in Mahanaim;
- Ahimaaz was in Naphtali;
he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife;
- Baana the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth;
- Jehoshaphat the son of Paroh, in Issachar;
- Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin;
- Geber the son of Uri was in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Bashan;
and the governors ruled in the land.
- ¶ Judah and Israel were as many in multitude as the sand which is by the sea;
they ate and drank and made merry.
- And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the river which is in the land of the Philistines as far as the border of Egypt;
and his subjects brought presents and served Solomon all the days of his life.
- And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour and sixty measures of meal,
- Ten fat oxen and twenty oxen out of the pastures and a hundred sheep, besides harts and gazelles and roe, bucks and fatted fowls.
- For he had dominion over all the region on this side of the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side of the river;
and he had peace on all sides round about him.
- And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon.
- And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots and twelve thousand horsemen.
- And those governors supplied provisions for King Solomon and for all who came to King Solomon’s table, every man in his month;
they lacked nothing.
- Barley also and straw for the horses and the dromedaries they brought to the place where the officers were, every man as it was his due.
- ¶ And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart,
- So that Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of the Egyptians.
- For he was wiser than all men;
than Ethan the Easterner, and Heman, and Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol;
and his fame was in all the nations round about.
- And he spoke three thousand proverbs;
and his songs were a thousand and five.
- And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even to the, hyssop that springs out of the wall;
he spoke also of beasts and of fowl and of creeping things and of fishes.
- And there came men from all nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth;
and he received presents from all kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.