Prosperity and Wisdom of Solomon’s Reign

20 Judah and Israel were as numerous (A)as the sand by the sea in multitude, (B)eating and drinking and rejoicing. 21 So (C)Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from (D)the[a] River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. (E)They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.

22 (F)Now Solomon’s [b]provision for one day was thirty [c]kors of fine flour, sixty kors of meal, 23 ten fatted oxen, twenty oxen from the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl.

24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side of [d]the River from Tiphsah even to Gaza, namely over (G)all the kings on this side of the River; and (H)he had peace on every side all around him. 25 And Judah and Israel (I)dwelt[e] safely, (J)each man under his vine and his fig tree, (K)from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.

26 (L)Solomon had [f]forty thousand stalls of (M)horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27 And (N)these governors, each man in his month, provided food for King Solomon and for all who came to King Solomon’s table. There was no lack in their supply. 28 They also brought barley and straw to the proper place, for the horses and steeds, each man according to his charge.

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  1. 1 Kings 4:21 The Euphrates
  2. 1 Kings 4:22 Lit. bread
  3. 1 Kings 4:22 Each about 5 bushels
  4. 1 Kings 4:24 The Euphrates
  5. 1 Kings 4:25 lived in safety
  6. 1 Kings 4:26 So with MT, most other authorities; some LXX mss. four thousand; cf. 2 Chr. 9:25

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