1 Kings 4:26
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New International Version
Solomon had four thousand stalls for chariot horses, and twelve thousand horses.

New Living Translation
Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses, and he had 12,000 horses.

English Standard Version
Solomon also had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.

New American Standard Bible
Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.

King James Bible
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen.

International Standard Version
Solomon owned 40,000 stalls for the horses that drove his chariots, and he employed 12,000 men to drive them.

NET Bible
Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses and 12,000 horses.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Solomon had stalls for 40,000 chariot horses. He also had 12,000 chariot soldiers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Solomon had forty thousand horses in his stables for his chariots and twelve thousand horsemen.

King James 2000 Bible
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

American King James Version
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

American Standard Version
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of chariot horses, and twelve thou- sand for the saddle.

Darby Bible Translation
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

English Revised Version
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

World English Bible
Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

Young's Literal Translation
And Solomon hath forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:20-28 Never did the crown of Israel shine so bright, as when Solomon wore it. He had peace on all sides. Herein, his kingdom was a type of the Messiah's; for to Him it is promised that he shall have the heathen for his inheritance, and that princes shall worship him. The spiritual peace, and joy, and holy security, of all the faithful subjects of the Lord Jesus, were typified by that of Israel. The kingdom of God is not, as Solomon's was, meat and drink, but, what is infinitely better, righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. The vast number of his attendants, and the great resort to him, are shown by the provision daily made. Herein Christ far outdoes Solomon, that he feeds all his subjects, not with the bread that perishes, but with that which endures to eternal life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses [40,000 is certainly a clerical error, probably for 4000 (i.e., אַרְבָּיעים for אַרְבָּעָה). For

(1) in the parallel passage in Chronicles the number is stated as 4000.

(2) 4000 agrees, and 40,000 does not, with the other numbers here given.

The chariots, e.g., numbered 1400; the horsemen 12,000. Now for 1400 chariots the proper allowance of horses would be about 4000. We see from the monuments that it was customary to yoke two horses (seldom three) to a chariot; but a third or supernumerary horse was provided to meet emergencies or accidents. 4000 horses would hence be a liberal provision for Solomon's chariots, and it would also agree well with the number of his cavalry. 12,000 cavalry and 40,000 chariot horses are out of all proportion. As to stalls, it seems clear that in ancient, as in modern times, each horse had a separate crib (Vegetins in Bochart, quoted by Keil). Gesenius, however, understands by אֻרְות, not stalls, but teams, or pairs] for his chariots [or chariotry: the word is singular and collective] and twelve hundred horsemen [rather, horses, i.e., riding or cavalry, as distinguished from chariot horses above. See note on 1 Kings 1:5. It has been supposed that this warlike provision is mentioned to account for the peace ("si vis pacem, para bellum") of Solomon's reign, and was designed to overawe the tributary kings. But it is more probable that the idea of the historian was, partly to exhibit the pomp and circumstance of Israel's greatest king, and partly to record a contravention of the law (Deuteronomy 17:16), which was one of the precursors of his fall].

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Solomon had forty thousand stalls for horses,.... In 2 Chronicles 9:25; it is only four thousand; and therefore some think that here is a mistake of the copier, of "arbaim", forty, for "arbah", four; which it is thought might be through divine permission, in such lesser matters, without any prejudice to the authority of the Scriptures in matters of faith and practice; but without supposing this, a reconciliation may be made, by observing, that here the writer, as Ben Gersom notes, gives the number of the horses that were in the stables, which were forty thousand, there the stables themselves, which were four thousand, ten horses in a stable; or here he numbers the stalls, which were forty thousand, and there the stables, which were four thousand, there being ten stalls in each; and the word there has the letter "yod" in it more than here, which is the numerical letter for "ten", and may point thereunto; or here the writer speaks of all the stalls for horses Solomon had throughout the kingdom, there of those only he had in Jerusalem. Benjamin of Tudela (g) affirms, that these stalls, or stables, which Solomon built very strong of large stones, are still in being in Jerusalem, and that there is no building to be seen like it any where; but no other writer speaks of them; nor is it at all probable that they should remain:

for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; some of the said stalls of horses were for his chariots, to draw in them for various uses, of which had 1400, 1 Kings 10:26; and others to mount twelve thousand horsemen, who were placed in various parts, to defend kingdom.

(g) Itinerar. p. 43.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. forty thousand stalls—for the royal mews (see on [294]2Ch 9:25).

1 Kings 4:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Wealth
25So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. 26Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen. 27Those deputies provided for King Solomon and all who came to King Solomon's table, each in his month; they left nothing lacking.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:16
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."

1 Kings 4:27
The district governors, each in his month, supplied provisions for King Solomon and all who came to the king's table. They saw to it that nothing was lacking.

1 Kings 9:19
as well as all his store cities and the towns for his chariots and for his horses --whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.

1 Kings 10:26
Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 1:14
Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 9:25
Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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1 Kings 10:25,26 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels …

Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people …

2 Samuel 8:4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, …

2 Chronicles 1:14 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand …

2 Chronicles 9:25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and …

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

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