The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand1 on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.2
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And Solomon ruled3 over all the kingdoms from the River4 to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.5 These countries brought tribute6 and were Solomon's subjects all his life.
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Solomon's daily provisions7 were thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal,
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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.8
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For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River, from Tiphsah9 to Gaza, and had peace10 on all sides.
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During Solomon's lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba,11 lived in safety,12 each man under his own vine and fig tree.13
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Solomon had four thousand stalls for chariot horses,14 and twelve thousand horses.
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The district officers,15 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.
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They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.
God gave Solomon wisdom16 and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand17 on the seashore.
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Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East,18 and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.19
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He was wiser20 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.
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He spoke three thousand proverbs21 and his songs22 numbered a thousand and five.
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He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop23 that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
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Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings24 of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.
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