The names of these twelve officers were: Ben-hur, whose area for this taxation was the hill country of Ephraim; Ben-deker, whose area was Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, and Elon-beth-hanan; Ben-hesed, whose area was Arubboth, including Socoh and all the land of Hepher; Ben-abinadab (who married Solomon’s daughter, the princess Taphath), whose area was the highlands of Dor; Baana (son of Ahilud), whose area was Taanach and Megiddo, all of Beth-shean near Zarethan below Jezreel, and all the territory from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah and over to Jokmeam; Ben-geber, whose area was Ramoth-gilead, including the villages of Jair (the son of Manasseh) in Gilead; and the region of Argob in Bashan, including sixty walled cities with bronze gates; Ahinadab (the son of Iddo), whose area was Mahanaim; Ahimaaz (who married Princess Basemath, another of Solomon’s daughters), whose area was Naphtali; Baana (son of Hushai), whose areas were Asher and Bealoth; Jehoshaphat (son of Paruah), whose area was Issachar; Shimei (son of Ela), whose area was Benjamin; Geber (son of Uri), whose area was Gilead, including the territories of King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. A general manager supervised these officials and their work.
Solomon had twelve regional managers distributed throughout Israel. They were responsible for supplying provisions for the king and his administration. Each was in charge of bringing supplies for one month of the year. These are the names: Ben-Hur in the Ephraim hills; Ben-Deker in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Bethhanan; Ben-Hesed in Arubboth—this included Socoh and all of Hepher; Ben-Abinadab in Naphoth Dor (he was married to Solomon’s daughter Taphath); Baana son of Ahilud in Taanach and Megiddo, all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, and from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah over to Jokmeam; Ben-Geber in Ramoth Gilead—this included the villages of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead and the region of Argob in Bashan with its sixty large walled cities with bronze-studded gates; Ahinadab son of Iddo in Mahanaim; Ahimaaz in Naphtali (he was married to Solomon’s daughter Basemath); Baana son of Hushai in Asher and Aloth; Jehoshaphat son of Paruah in Issachar; Shimei son of Ela in Benjamin; Geber son of Uri in Gilead—this was the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and also of Og king of Bashan; he managed the whole district by himself.
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