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1 So Solomon was king over all Israel, 1 So King Solomon ruled over all Israel.
2 and these were his high officials: Azariah son of Zadok was the priest. 2 And these were his chief officials: Azariah son of Zadok--the priest;
3 Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, were court secretaries. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian. 3 Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha--secretaries; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud--recorder;
4 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the army. Zadok and Abiathar were the priests. 4 Benaiah son of Jehoiada--commander in chief; Zadok and Abiathar--priests;
5 Azariah son of Nathan presided over the district governors. Zabud son of Nathan, a priest, was a trusted adviser to the king. 5 Azariah son of Nathan--in charge of the district officers; Zabud son of Nathan--a priest and personal adviser to the king;
6 Ahishar was manager of palace affairs. Adoniram son of Abda was in charge of the labor force. 6 Ahishar--in charge of the palace; Adoniram son of Abda--in charge of forced labor.
7 Solomon also had twelve district governors who were over all Israel. They were responsible for providing food from the people for the king's household. Each of them arranged provisions for one month of the year. 7 Solomon also 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.
8 These are the names of the twelve governors: Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim. 8 These are their names: Ben-Hur--in the hill country of Ephraim;
9 Ben-deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-bethhanan. 9 Ben-Deker--in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh and Elon Bethhanan;
10 Ben-hesed, in Arubboth, including Socoh and all the land of Hepher. 10 Ben-Hesed--in Arubboth (Socoh and all the land of Hepher were his);
11 Ben-abinadab, in Naphoth-dor. (He was married to Taphath, one of Solomon's daughters.) 11 Ben-Abinadab--in Naphoth Dor (he was married to Taphath daughter of Solomon);
12 Baana son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, all of Beth-shan near Zarethan below Jezreel, and all the territory from Beth-shan to Abel-meholah and over to Jokmeam. 12 Baana 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;
13 Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead, including the Towns of Jair (named for Jair son of Manasseh) in Gilead, and in the Argob region of Bashan, including sixty great fortified cities with gates barred with bronze. 13 Ben-Geber--in Ramoth Gilead (the settlements of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead were his, as well as the district of Argob in Bashan and its sixty large walled cities with bronze gate bars);
14 Ahinadab son of Iddo, in Mahanaim. 14 Ahinadab son of Iddo--in Mahanaim;
15 Ahimaaz, in Naphtali. (He was married to Basemath, another of Solomon's daughters.) 15 Ahimaaz--in Naphtali (he had married Basemath daughter of Solomon);
16 Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and in Aloth. 16 Baana son of Hushai--in Asher and in Aloth;
17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah, in Issachar. 17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah--in Issachar;
18 Shimei son of Ela, in Benjamin. 18 Shimei son of Ela--in Benjamin;
19 Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, including the territories of King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. And there was one governor over the land of Judah. 19 Geber 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.
20 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. 20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.
21 King Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 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. 21 And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the 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 life.
22 The daily food requirements for Solomon's palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal, 22 Solomon's daily provisions were thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal,
23 ten oxen from the fattening pens, twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep or goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks, and choice fowl. 23 ten head of stall-fed cattle, twenty of pasture-fed cattle and a hundred sheep and goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks and choice fowl.
24 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. 24 For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides.
25 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. 25 During Solomon's lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, each man under his own vine and fig tree.
26 Solomon had four thousand stalls for his chariot horses and twelve thousand horses. 26 Solomon had four thousand stalls for chariot horses, and twelve thousand horses.
27 The district governors faithfully provided food for King Solomon and his court, each during his assigned month. 27 The district officers, 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.
28 They also brought the necessary barley and straw for the royal horses in the stables. 28 They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.
29 God gave Solomon great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge too vast to be measured. 29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
30 In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt. 30 Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 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. 31 He was wiser 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.
32 He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.
33 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. 33 He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
34 And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. 34 Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.