The district officers,1 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.
They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.
God gave Solomon wisdom2 and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand3 on the seashore.
Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East,4 and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.531
He was wiser6 than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite--wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
He spoke three thousand proverbs7 and his songs8 numbered a thousand and five.
He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop9 that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings10 of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.