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1 Kings 4:21-24

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4:21 (5:1) 1  Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 2  to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These kingdoms paid tribute as Solomon’s subjects throughout his lifetime. 3  4:22 Each day Solomon’s royal court consumed 4  thirty cors 5  of finely milled flour, sixty cors of cereal, 4:23 ten calves fattened in the stall, 6  twenty calves from the pasture, and a hundred sheep, not to mention rams, gazelles, deer, and well-fed birds. 4:24 His royal court was so large because 7  he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River from Tiphsah 8  to Gaza; he was at peace with all his neighbors. 9 

1 sn Beginning with 4:21, the verse numbers through 5:18 in the English Bible differ from the verse numbers in the Hebrew text (BHS), with 4:21 ET = 5:1 HT, 4:22 ET = 5:2 HT, etc., through 5:18 ET = 5:32 HT. Beginning with 6:1 the numbering of verses in the English Bible and the Hebrew text is again the same.

2 tn Heb “the River” (also in v. 24). This is the standard designation for the Euphrates River in biblical Hebrew.

3 tn Heb “[They] were bringing tribute and were serving Solomon all the days of his life.”

4 tn Heb “the food of Solomon for each day was.”

5 tn As a unit of dry measure a cor was roughly equivalent to six bushels.

6 tn The words “in the stall” are added for clarification; note the immediately following reference to cattle from the pasture.

7 tn Heb “because.” The words “his royal court was so large” are added to facilitate the logical connection with the preceding verse.

8 sn Tiphsah. This was located on the Euphrates River.

9 tn Heb “for he was ruling over all [the region] beyond the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kingdoms beyond the River, and he had peace on every side all around.”



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