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1st Kings 3

The First Book of the Kings

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Chapter 4

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And king Solomon is king over all Israel,

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and these are the heads whom he hath: Azariah son of Zadok is the priest;

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Elihoreph and Ahiah sons of Shisha are scribes; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud is remembrancer;

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and Benaiah son of Jehoiada is over the host; and Zadok and Abiathar are priests;

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and Azariah son of Nathan is over the officers; and Zabud son of Nathan is minister, friend of the king;

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And Ahishar is over the household, and Adoniram son of Abda is over the tribute.

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And Solomon hath twelve officers over all Israel, and they have sustained the king and his household -- a month in the year is on each one for sustenance;

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and these are their names: Ben-Hur in the hill-country of Ephraim;

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Ben-Dekar in Makaz, and Shaalbim, and Beth-Shemesh, and Elon-Beth-Hanan.

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Ben-Hesed is in Aruboth, hath Sochoh and all the land of Hepher;

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Ben-Abinadab hath all the elevation of Dor, Taphath daughter of Solomon became his wife.

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Baana Ben-Ahilud hath Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-Shean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Beth-Shean unto Abel-Meholah, unto beyond Jokneam.

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Ben-Geber, in Ramoth-Gilead, hath the small towns of Jair son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; he hath a portion of Argob that is in Bashan, sixty great cities with wall and brazen bar.

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Ahinadab son of Iddo hath Mahanaim.

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Ahimaaz is in Naphtali; he also hath taken Basemath daughter of Solomon for a wife.

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Baanah Ben-Hushai is in Asher, and in Aloth.

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Jehoshaphat Ben-Paruah is in Issachar.

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Shimei Ben-Elah is in Benjamin.

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Geber Ben-Uri is in the land of Gilead, the land of Sihon king of the Amorite, and of Og king of Bashan: and one officer who is in the land.

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Judah and Israel are many, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude, eating and drinking and rejoicing.

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And Solomon hath been ruling over all the kingdoms, from the River to the land of the Philistines and unto the border of Egypt: they are bringing nigh a present, and serving Solomon, all days of his life.

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And the provision of Solomon for one day is thirty cors of flour, and sixty cors of meal;

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ten fat oxen, and twenty feeding oxen, and a hundred sheep, apart from hart, and roe, and fallow-deer, and fatted beasts of the stalls,

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for he is ruling over all beyond the river, from Tiphsah and unto Gaza, over all the kings beyond the river, and he hath peace from all his servants round about.

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And Judah dwelleth -- and Israel -- in confidence, each under his vine, and under his fig-tree, from Dan even unto Beer-Sheba, all the days of Solomon.

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And Solomon hath forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

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And these officers have sustained king Solomon and every one drawing near unto the table of king Solomon, each in his month; they let nothing be lacking.

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And the barley and the straw, for horses and for dromedaries, they bring in unto the place where they are, each according to his ordinance.

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And God giveth wisdom to Solomon, and understanding, very much, and breadth of heart, as the sand that is on the edge of the sea;

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and the wisdom of Solomon is greater than the wisdom of any of the sons of the east, and than all the wisdom of Egypt;

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and he is wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, sons of Mahol, and his name is in all the nations round about.

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And he speaketh three thousand similes, and his songs are five, and the chief one;

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and he speaketh concerning the trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon, even unto the hyssop that is coming out in the wall, and he speaketh concerning the cattle, and concerning the fowl, and concerning the creeping things, and concerning the fishes,

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and there come out of all the peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth who have heard of his wisdom.

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