1 Kings 4 – “Solomon’s Officers”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
Solomon’s cabinet members are enumerated.

II. Photo
Israel enjoys a time of prosperity: “Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sands of the sea; they ate and drank and were content.”

III. Important Verses
1: King Solomon was now king over all Israel.
7: Solomon had twelve prefects governing all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each had to provide food for one month in the year.
20: Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sands of the sea; they ate and drank and were content.

IV. Outline
1. Introductory statement
2-6. Solomon’s cabinet
7-19. Solomon’s twelve prefects
20. Halcyon days in Judah and Israel

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
De Vries, Simon John. “1 Kings” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 12 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1985).
Longe, Burke O. “1 Kings with an Introduction to Historical Literature” Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 9 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1984).
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