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Solomon’s Official Staff

Now King Solomon reigned over all Israel, and these were his officials: Azariah son of Zadok, the kohen; Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud, the recorder; Benaiah son of Jehoiada, in charge of the army; Zadok and Abiathar, kohanim; Azariah son of Nathan, in charge of the officers; Zabud son of Nathan the kohen, the king’s personal attendant; Ahishar, in charge of the household; Adoniram son of Abda in charge of the forced labor.

Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each had to make provision for a month in the year. These were their names: Ben-Hur, in the hill-country of Ephraim; Ben-Deker, in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan; 10 Ben-Hesed, in Arubboth (his were Socoh and all the land of Hehper); 11 Ben-Abinadab in all the height of Dor (Taphath, Solomon’s daughter was his wife); 12 Baana son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and all Beth-shean which is beside Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah as far as beyond Jokmeam; 13 Ben-Geber, in Ramot-Gilead (his were the villages of Jair son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead, and also his were the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, 60 great cities with walls and bronze bars); 14 Ahinadab son of Iddo, in Mahanaim; 15 Ahimaaz, in Naphtali (he also took Basemath, Solomon’s daughter, as wife); 16 Baana son of Hushai, in Asher and Bealoth; 17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah, in Issachar; 18 Shimei son of Ela, in Benjamin; 19 Geber son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and of Og king of Bashan; and one who was the officer in the land.

20 Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea in abundance, eating and drinking and rejoicing.