1 King Shlomo was king over all Isra'el,
2 and these were his high officials: 'Azaryah the son of Tzadok, the cohen;
3 Elichoref and Achiyah the sons of Shisha, secretaries; Y'hoshafat the son of Achilud, secretary of state;
4 B'nayah the son of Y'hoyada, commander of the army; Tzadok and Evyatar, cohanim;
5 'Azaryah the son of Natan, chief administrator; Zavud the son of Natan, the king's trusted counselor;
6 Achishar, in charge of the palace; Adoniram the son of 'Avda, in charge of forced labor.
7 Shlomo had twelve officers over all Isra'el who were in charge of providing food and supplies for the king and his household; each one was in charge of provisions for one month out of the year.
8 They were: the son of Hur, in the hills of Efrayim;
9 the son of Deker, in Makatz, Sha'albim, Beit-Shemesh and Eilon-Beit-Hanan;
10 the son of Hesed, in Arubot; he also had charge of Sokhoh and all the territory of Hefer;
11 the son of Avinadav, in all the area of Dor; he had Tafat the daughter of Shlomo as his wife;
12 Ba'ana the son of Achilud, in Ta'anakh, Megiddo, and all Beit-Sh'an by Tzartan below Yizre'el, from Beit-Sh'an to Avel-M'cholah, as far as beyond Yokme'am;
13 the son of Gever, in Ramot-Gil'ad; he was in charge of the villages of Ya'ir the son of M'nasheh in Gil'ad and in charge of the region of Argov in Bashan, sixty large cities with walls and bronze bars;
14 Achinadav the son of 'Iddo, in Machanayim;
15 Achima'atz, in Naftali; he also took Basmat the daughter of Shlomo as his wife;
16 Ba'ana the son of Hushai, in Asher and in Alot;
17 Y'hoshafat the son of Paruach, in Yissakhar;
18 Shim'i the son of Ela, in Binyamin; and
19 Gever the son of Uri, in the land of Gil'ad, the country of Sichon king of the Emori and 'Og king of Bashan. Over all these, there was one administrator in the land.
20 Y'hudah and Isra'el were as numerous as sand grains on the seashore; they ate, drank and enjoyed themselves.
21 Shlomo ruled over all the kingdoms from the [Euphrates] River through the land of the P'lishtim to the border of Egypt; they paid tribute and served Shlomo as long as he lived.
22 Shlomo's provisions for one day consisted of 150 bushels of fine flour, 310 bushels of meal,
23 ten fattened oxen, twenty pasture-fed oxen and one hundred sheep, in addition to deer, gazelles, roebucks and fattened poultry.
24 For he ruled all the area this side of the [Euphrates] River, from Tifsach to 'Azah. He was over all the kings on this side of the River; and he had peace all around him, on every side.
25 From Dan to Be'er-Sheva, Y'hudah and Isra'el lived securely, every man under his vine and fig tree, throughout the lifetime of Shlomo.
26 Shlomo also had 40,000 stalls for the horses used with his chariots and 12,000 horsemen.
27 Those officers [named above] supplied food and other materials for King Shlomo and for everyone for whom Shlomo provided. Each was responsible for his month's supplies; they saw to it that nothing was lacking.
28 They also made sure there was barley and straw where it was needed for the horses and draft animals; each filled his quota.
29 God gave Shlomo exceptional wisdom and understanding, as well as a heart as vast as the sandy beach by the sea.
30 Shlomo's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of the people from the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was wiser than everyone - wiser than Eitan the Ezrachi and wiser than Heiman, Kalkol and Darda the sons of Machol; so that his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
32 He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs.
33 He could discuss trees, from the cedar in the L'vanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall; he could discuss wild animals, poultry, reptiles and fish.
34 People from all nations came to hear the wisdom of Shlomo, including kings from all over the earth who had heard of his wisdom.