1 Kings 4:7-19

1 Kings 4:7-19 King James Version (KJV)

7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision.

8 And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim:

9 The son of Dekar, in Makaz, and in Shaalbim, and Bethshemesh, and Elonbethhanan:

10 The son of Hesed, in Aruboth; to him pertained Sochoh, and all the land of Hepher:

11 The son of Abinadab, in all the region of Dor; which had Taphath the daughter of Solomon to wife:

12 Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained Taanach and Megiddo, and all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel, from Bethshean to Abelmeholah, even unto the place that is beyond Jokneam:

13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars:

14 Ahinadab the son of Iddo had Mahanaim:

15 Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife:

16 Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth:

17 Jehoshaphat the son of Paruah, in Issachar:

18 Shimei the son of Elah, in Benjamin:

19 Geber the son of Uri was in the country of Gilead, in the country of Sihon king of the Amorites, and of Og king of Bashan; and he was the only officer which was in the land.

An American English Bible
With Old Testament based on the Greek Septuagint

So Solomon assigned twelve men over all IsraEl to handle matters for him and his house.

8 Then there were others who were assigned to [bring the things that Solomon required] for just one month each year, and these are their names:
· The son of Or was responsible in the mountains of Ephraim
· 9 The son of DaKar was responsible in MachEmas, SalaBin, BethSamus, AiLon, and BethAnan
· 10 The son of Esdi was responsible in ArabOth, SochOth, and all the land of Opher
· 11 The son of AmiNadab (who was married to Solomon's daughter) was responsible in all of NephthaDor and TephAth
· 12 BaAna (the son of AchiLouth) was responsible in IthAnak, MegidDo, and over the whole house of San near SesaThan and below EsraE, from BethSan to SebelMaula, to MaEber and Lucam
· 13 The son of Gaber from Gilead was over a piece of measured land around EreGaba (which is in BaShan) and which included sixty great walled cities that were [protected by] bronze bars
· 14 AchiNadab (the son of SadDo) was responsible in MaAnaim
· 15 AchimaAs (who was married to Solomon's daughter BasEmath) was responsible in [the land of] NaphTali
· 16 BaAnah (the son HushAi) was in charge of BaAlOth and [the land of] Asher
· 17 JehoShaphat (the son ParuAh) was responsible in [the land of] IsSachar
· 18 Shemei (the son of ElAh) was responsible in [the land of] BenJamin
· 19 Gaber (the son Adai) was responsible in the land of GileAd, [the land of] Seon (the king of HeshBon), [the land of] Og (the king of BaShan), and [the land of] NaSeb (in the land of Judah).

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These twelve represented the twelve tribes and may have been one from each having both of Joseph rather than Levi. This would provide for the king so he could focus on running the kingdom. To be chosen to help the king would have been an honor and also a very important responsibility. We are as Christians chosen to have the honor to serve our King.