Solomon’s Royal Court and Administrators
Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.
3Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, wrote down what happened.
Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was in charge of the records.
4Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the army.
Zadok and Abiathar were priests.
5Azariah son of Nathan was supervisor of the district governors.
Zabud son of Nathan was a priest and adviser to the king.
6Ahishar was supervisor of the palace.
Adoniram son of Abda was supervisor of the work crews.
Ben-Hur was in charge of the hill country of Ephraim.
9Ben-Deker was in charge of Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan.
10Ben-Hesed was in charge of Arubboth; he controlled Socoh and all the territory of Hepher.
11Ben-Abinadab was in charge of Naphath Dor. (He was married to Solomon’s daughter Taphath.)
12Baana son of Ahilud was in charge of Taanach and Megiddo, as well as all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah and on past Jokmeam.
13Ben-Geber was in charge of Ramoth Gilead; he controlled the tent villages of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead, as well as the region of Argob in Bashan, including sixty large walled cities with bronze bars locking their gates.
14Ahinadab son of Iddo was in charge of Mahanaim.
15Ahimaaz was in charge of Naphtali. (He married Solomon’s daughter Basemath.)
16Baana son of Hushai was in charge of Asher and Aloth.
17Jehoshaphat son of Paruah was in charge of Issachar.
18Shimei son of Ela was in charge of Benjamin.
19Geber son of Uri was in charge of the land of Gilead (the territory which had once belonged to King Sihon of the Amorites and to King Og of Bashan). He was sole governor of the area.
Solomon’s Wealth and Fame
20The people of Judah and Israel were as innumerable as the sand on the seashore; they had plenty to eat and drink and were happy.
29God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment; the breadth of his understanding was as infinite as the sand on the seashore. 30Solomon was wiser than all the men of the east and all the sages of Egypt. 31He was wiser than any man, including Ethan the Ezrahite or Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. He was famous in all the neighboring nations. 32He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs. 33He produced manuals on botany, describing every kind of plant, from the cedars of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows on walls. He also produced manuals on biology, describing animals, birds, insects, and fish. 34People from all nations came to hear Solomon’s display of wisdom; they came from all the kings of the earth who heard about his wisdom.