28One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?" 29 "This is the most important," Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 "The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." 32Then the scribe said to Him, "You are right, Teacher! You have correctly said that He is One, and there is no one else except Him.33And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is far more [important] than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34When Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to question Him any longer.
35So Jesus asked this question as He taught in the temple complex, "How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the Son of David? 36 David himself says by the Holy Spirit: The Lord declared to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand until I put Your enemies under Your feet.' 37 David himself calls Him 'Lord'; how then can the Messiah be his Son?" And the large crowd was listening to Him with delight.
38He also said in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes, and who want greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the front seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows' houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher punishment."
41Sitting across from the temple treasury, He watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums.42And a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little./ 64 of a daily wage, was the smallest Roman coin. 43Summoning His disciples, He said to them, "I assure you: This poor widow has put in more than all those giving to the temple treasury. 44 For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she possessed-all she had to live on."
1King Solomon ruled over Israel,2and these were his officials: Azariah son of Zadok, priest; 3Elihoreph and Ahijah the sons of Shisha, secretaries; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud, historian; 4Benaiah son of Jehoiada, in charge of the army; Zadok and Abiathar, priests; 5Azariah son of Nathan, in charge of the deputies; Zabud son of Nathan, a priest and adviser to the king; 6Ahishar, in charge of the palace; and Adoniram son of Abda, in charge of forced labor. 7Solomon had 12 deputies for all Israel. They provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month out of the year.8These were their names: Ben-hur, in the hill country of Ephraim; 9Ben-deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan; 10Ben-hesed, in Arubboth (he had Socoh and the whole land of Hepher); 11Ben-abinadab, in all Naphath-dor (Taphath daughter of Solomon was his wife); 12Baana son of Ahilud, in Taanach, Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is beside Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah, as far as the other side of Jokmeam; 13Ben-geber, in Ramoth-gilead (he had the villages of Jair son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead, and he had the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, 60 great cities with walls and bronze bars); 14Ahinadab son of Iddo, [in] Mahanaim; 15Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also had married a daughter of Solomon-Basemath); 16Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth; 17Jehoshaphat son of Paruah, in Issachar; 18Shimei son of Ela, in Benjamin; 19Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Bashan. There was one deputy in the land of Judah.
20Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea; [they were] eating, drinking, and rejoicing.21 Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines and as far as the border of Egypt. They offered tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life. 22Solomon's provisions for one day were 150 bushels of fine flour and 300 bushels of meal,2310 fattened oxen, 20 range oxen, and 100 sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and pen-fed poultry,24for he had dominion over everything west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza and over all the kings west of the Euphrates. He had peace on all his surrounding borders.25Throughout Solomon's [reign], Judah and Israel lived in safety from Dan to Beer-sheba, each man under his own vine and his own fig tree.26Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.27Each of those deputies for a month in turn provided food for King Solomon and for everyone who came to King Solomon's table. They neglected nothing.28Each man brought the barley and the straw for the chariot teams and the other horses to the required place according to his assignment.
29God gave Solomon wisdom, very great insight, and understanding as [vast] as the sand on the seashore.30Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.31He was wiser than anyone-wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, sons of Mahol. His reputation extended to all the surrounding nations. 32Solomon composed 3,000 proverbs, and his songs numbered 1,005.33He described trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall. He also taught about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish.34People came from everywhere, [sent] by every king on earth who had heard of his wisdom, to listen to Solomon's wisdom.
1Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon when he heard that he had been anointed king in his father's place, for Hiram had always been friends with David. 2Solomon sent [this message] to Hiram:3"You know my father David was not able to build a temple for the name of the Lord his God. This was because of the warfare all around him until the Lord put his enemies under his feet.4The Lord my God has now given me rest all around; there is no enemy or crisis.5So I plan to build a temple for the name of the Lord my God, according to what the Lord promised my father David: 'I will put your son on your throne in your place, and he will build the temple for My name.' 6"Therefore, command that cedars from Lebanon be cut down for me. My servants will be with your servants, and I will pay your servants' wages according to whatever you say, for you know that not a man among us knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians." 7When Hiram heard Solomon's words, he greatly rejoiced and said, "May the Lord be praised today! He has given David a wise son to be over this great people!"8Then Hiram sent [a reply] to Solomon, saying, "I have heard your message; I will do everything you want regarding the cedar and cypress timber.9My servants will bring [the logs] down from Lebanon to the sea, and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place you indicate. I will break them apart there, and you can take them away. You then can meet my needs by providing my household with food." 10So Hiram provided Solomon with all the cedar and cypress timber he wanted,11and Solomon provided Hiram with 100,000 bushels of wheat as food for his household and 110,000 gallons of beaten oil. Solomon did this for Hiram year after year. 12The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as He had promised him. There was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
13Then King Solomon drafted forced laborers from all Israel; the labor force numbered 30,000 men.14He sent 10,000 to Lebanon each month in shifts; one month they were in Lebanon, two months they were at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor.15Solomon had 70,000 porters and 80,000 stonecutters in the mountains,16not including his 3,300 deputies in charge of the work. They ruled over the people doing the work.17The king commanded them to quarry large, costly stones to lay the foundation of the temple with dressed stones.18So Solomon's builders and Hiram's builders, along with the Gebalites, quarried [the stone] and prepared the timber and stone for the temple's construction.
3They please the king with their evil, the princes with their lies. 4All of them commit adultery; [they are] like an oven heated by a baker who stops stirring [the fire] from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. 5On the day of our king, the princes are sick with the heat of wine- there is a conspiracy with traitors. 6For they-their hearts like an oven- draw him into their oven. Their anger smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. 7All of them are as hot as an oven, and they consume their rulers. All their kings fall; not one of them calls on Me. 8Ephraim has allowed himself to get mixed up with the nations. Ephraim is unturned bread, baked on a griddle. 9Foreigners consume his strength, but he does not notice. Even his hair is streaked with gray, but he does not notice. 10Israel's arrogance testifies against them, yet they do not return to the Lord their God, and for all this, they do not seek Him. 11So Ephraim has become like a silly, senseless dove; they call to Egypt, and they go to Assyria. 12As they are going, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like birds of the sky. I will discipline them in accordance with the news that reaches their assembly.
13Woe to them, for they fled from Me; destruction to them, for they rebelled against Me! Though I want to redeem [them], they speak lies against Me. 14They do not cry to Me from their hearts; rather, they wail on their beds. They slash themselves for grain and wine; they turn away from Me. 15I trained and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil against Me. 16They turn, but not to what is above; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of the cursing of their tongue. They will be ridiculed for this in the land of Egypt.