¶ So king Solomon was king over all Israel.
2 And these were the princes which he had; Azariah the son of Zadok the priest,
3 Elihoreph and Ahiah, the sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, the recorder.
4 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the host: and Zadok and Abiathar were the priests:
5 And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king's friend:
6 And Ahishar was over the household: and Adoniram the son of Abda was over the tribute.
| 1 -
Israel That is, not just the northern
or southern kingdom. Thus this information was compiled at a later date.
2 - Princes Here meaning chief officers. Notice that the priest was mentioned first indicating his status. David listed his army general first 2sa0815ff, 2sa2023ff.
3 - Shisha The name is spelled differently in 2sa2025 and 1ch1816.
6 - Tribute The picture is of forced workers 1ki0513f. David had done the same thing 2sa2024, although not at the beginning of his reign.
| 7 And Solomon had twelve
officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his
household: each man his month in a year made provision.
8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:
9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh, and Elonbethhanan:
10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all the land of Hepher:
11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
.12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam:
| 7 -
Or "food." It was a tax system.
Regional officers indicates organization.
12 - Bethshean This along with Taanach and Megiddo were fortress cities. For Beth-shean, see the south edge of the Galilee map. They were not conquered but were made to pay tribute while Israel was strong jos1711, jg0127.
12 - Beneath Jezreel See Jezreel on the same map (lower left).
The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the
son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region
of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen
14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:
15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife:
16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:
17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:
18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:
19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he was the only officer which was in the land.
20 ¶ Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
- Towns of Jair These and the division of Mahanaim v14 were
20 - Judah and Israel were many From this we infer that they were prosperous and secure.
And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the
Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served
Solomon all the days of his life.
22 And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal,
23 Ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallowdeer, and fatted fowl.
.24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him.
|21 - The river The Euphrates. The promise to Abraham had been fulfilled ge1518, js0104.|
25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and
under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing.
28 Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were, every man according to his charge.
| 29 ¶ And God gave Solomon
wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as
the sand that is on the sea shore.
.30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.
|29 - Wisdom What do we do with the talents He has given?|
And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and
.33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.
|32 - Songs The "song of songs which is solomon's" is his masterpiece so0101.|