1 Solomon was king over all Israel.
2 His high officials were as follows: The priest: Azariah son of Zadok,
3 the court secretaries: Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha In charge of the records: Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud.
4 Commander of the army: Benaiah son of Jehoiada. Priests: Zadok and Abiathar.
5 Chief of the district governors: Azariah son of Nathan Royal Adviser: the priest Zabud son of Nathan.
6 In charge of the palace servants: Ahishar In charge of the forced labor: Adoniram son of Abda.
7 Solomon appointed twelve men as district governors in Israel. They provided food from their districts for the king and his household, each man being responsible for one month out of the year.
8 The following are the names of these twelve officers and the districts they were in charge of: Benhur: the mountains of Ephraim,
9 Bendeker: the cities of Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, Elon, and Beth Hanan,
10 Benhesed: the cities of Arubboth and Socoh and all the territory of Hepher,
11 Benabinadab, who was married to Solomon's daughter Taphath: the whole region of Dor.
12 Baana son of Ahilud: the cities of Taanach, Megiddo, and all the region near Beth Shan, near the town of Zarethan, south of the town of Jezreel, as far as the city of Abel Meholah and the city of Jokmeam.
13 Bengeber: the city of Ramoth in Gilead, and the villages in Gilead belonging to the clan of Jair, a descendant of Manasseh, and the region of Argob in Bashan, sixty large towns in all, fortified with walls and with bronze bars on the gates.
14 Ahinadab son of Iddo: the district of Mahanaim.
15 Ahimaaz, who was married to Basemath, another of Solomon's daughters: the territory of Naphtali.
16 Baana son of Hushai: the region of Asher and the town of Bealoth.
17 Jehoshaphat son of Paruah: the territory of Issachar.
18 Shimei son of Ela: the territory of Benjamin.
19 Geber son of Uri: the region of Gilead, which had been ruled by King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. Besides these twelve, there was one governor over all the land.
20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore. They ate and drank and were very happy.
21 Solomon's kingdom included all the nations from the Euphrates River to Philistia and the Egyptian border. They paid him taxes and were subject to him all his life.
22 The supplies Solomon needed each day were one hundred and fifty bushels of fine flour and three hundred bushels of meal.
23 Also needed were ten stall-fed cattle, twenty pasture-fed cattle, and one hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fowl cuckoo.
24 Solomon ruled over all the land west of the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah on the Euphrates as far west as the city of Gaza. All the kings west of the Euphrates were subject to him. He was at peace with all the neighboring countries.
25 As long as he lived, the people throughout Judah and Israel lived in safety. Each family had its own grapevines and fig trees.
26 Solomon had forty thousand stalls for his chariot horses and twelve thousand cavalry horses.
27 His twelve governors supplied the food King Solomon needed for all who ate in the palace. They always supplied everything needed, each one in the month assigned.
28 Each governor also supplied his share of barley and straw as needed for the chariot horses and the work animals.
29 God gave Solomon great wisdom and insight, and knowledge too great to be measured.
30 Solomon was wiser than the wise men of the East or the wise men of Egypt.
31 He was the wisest of all men. He was wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, and the sons of Mahol. His fame spread throughout all the neighboring countries.
32 He wrote three thousand proverbs and more than a thousand songs.
33 He spoke of trees and plants, from the Lebanon cedars to the hyssop that grows on walls. He talked about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish.
34 Kings all over the world heard of his wisdom and sent people to listen to the Wisdom of Solomon.