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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 4

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Chief Officers of the Kingdom. 1Solomon was king over all Israel, 2and these were the officials he had in his service:

Azariah, son of Zadok, priest; 3Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha, scribes; Jehoshaphat, son of Ahilud, chancellor; 4[Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, commander of the army; Zadok and Abiathar, priests;] 5Azariah, son of Nathan, chief of the commissaries; Zabud, son of Nathan, companion to the king; 6Ahishar, major-domo of the palace; and Adoniram, son of Abda, superintendent of the forced labor.

Solomon's Royal State. 7 *Solomon had twelve commissaries for all Israel who supplied food for the king and his household, each having to provide for one month in the year. 8Their names were:

the son of Hur in the hill country of Ephraim; 9the son of Deker in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth-shemesh, Elon and Beth-hanan; 10the son of Hesed in Arubboth, as well as in Socoh and the whole region of Hepher; 11the son of Abinadab, who was married to Solomon's daughter Taphath, in all the Naphath-dor; 12Baana, son of Ahilud, in Taanach and Megiddo, and beyond Jokmeam, and in all Beth-shean, and in the country around Zarethan below Jezreel from Beth-shean to Abel-meholah; 13the son of Geber in Ramoth-Gilead, having charge of the villages of Jair, son of Manasseh, in Gilead; and of the district of Argob in Bashan—sixty large walled cities with gates barred with bronze; 14Ahinadab, son of Iddo, in Mahanaim; 15Ahimaaz, who was married to Basemath, another daughter of Solomon, in Naphtali; 16Baana, son of Hushai, in Asher and along the rocky coast; 17Jehoshaphat, son of Paruah, in Issachar; 18Shimei, son of Ela, in Benjamin; 19Geber, son of Uri, in the land of Gilead, the land of Sihon, king of the Amorites, and of Og, king of Bashan.

There was one prefect besides, in the king's own land.*

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