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.
King Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River a to the land of the Philistines, as far south as the border of Egypt. The conquered peoples of those lands sent tribute money to Solomon and continued to serve him throughout his lifetime.
The daily food requirements for Solomon's palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal, b23
ten oxen from the fattening pens, twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep or goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks, and choice fowl.
Solomon's dominion extended over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah to Gaza. And there was peace throughout the entire land.
Throughout the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. And from Dan to Beersheba, each family had its own home and garden.
Solomon had four thousand c stalls for his chariot horses and twelve thousand horses. d27
The district governors faithfully provided food for King Solomon and his court, each during his assigned month.
They also brought the necessary barley and straw for the royal horses in the stables.
God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured.
In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.
He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite and Heman, Calcol, and Darda -- the sons of Mahol. His fame spread throughout all the surrounding nations.
He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.
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, reptiles, and fish.
And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)