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1 Kings chapter 4

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So King Solomon ruled over all Israel.
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And these were his chief officials: Azariah son of Zadok-- the priest;
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Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha-- secretaries; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud-- recorder;
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Benaiah son of Jehoiada-- commander in chief; Zadok and Abiathar-- priests;
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Azariah son of Nathan-- in charge of the district officers; Zabud son of Nathan-- a priest and personal adviser to the king;
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Ahishar-- in charge of the palace; Adoniram son of Abda-- in charge of forced labor.
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Solomon also had twelve district governors over all Israel, who supplied provisions for the king and the royal household. Each one had to provide supplies for one month in the year.
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These are their names: Ben-Hur-- in the hill country of Ephraim;
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Ben-Deker-- in Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh and Elon Bethhanan;
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Ben-Hesed-- in Arubboth (Socoh and all the land of Hepher were his);
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Ben-Abinadab-- in Naphoth Dor (he was married to Taphath daughter of Solomon);
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Baana son of Ahilud-- in Taanach and Megiddo, and in all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah across to Jokmeam;
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Ben-Geber-- in Ramoth Gilead (the settlements of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead were his, as well as the district of Argob in Bashan and its sixty large walled cities with bronze gate bars);
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Ahinadab son of Iddo-- in Mahanaim;
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Ahimaaz-- in Naphtali (he had married Basemath daughter of Solomon);
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Baana son of Hushai-- in Asher and in Aloth;
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Jehoshaphat son of Paruah-- in Issachar;
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Shimei son of Ela-- in Benjamin;
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Geber son of Uri-- in Gilead (the country of Sihon king of the Amorites and the country of Og king of Bashan). He was the only governor over the district.
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The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy.
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And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These countries brought tribute and were Solomon's subjects all his life.
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Solomon's daily provisions were thirty cors of fine flour and sixty cors of meal,
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ten head of stall-fed cattle, twenty of pasture-fed cattle and a hundred sheep and goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks and choice fowl.
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For he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the River, from Tiphsah to Gaza, and had peace on all sides.
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During Solomon's lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, each man under his own vine and fig tree.
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Solomon had four thousand stalls for chariot horses, and twelve thousand horses.
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The district officers, each in his month, supplied provisions for King Solomon and all who came to the king's table. They saw to it that nothing was lacking.
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They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.
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God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
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Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt.
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He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite-- wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.
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He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.
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He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
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Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.

1 Kings chapter 5

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When Hiram king of Tyre heard that Solomon had been anointed king to succeed his father David, he sent his envoys to Solomon, because he had always been on friendly terms with David.
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Solomon sent back this message to Hiram:
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"You know that because of the wars waged against my father David from all sides, he could not build a temple for the Name of the LORD his God until the LORD put his enemies under his feet.
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But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.
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I intend, therefore, to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God, as the LORD told my father David, when he said, 'Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.'
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"So give orders that cedars of Lebanon be cut for me. My men will work with yours, and I will pay you for your men whatever wages you set. You know that we have no one so skilled in felling timber as the Sidonians."
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When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was greatly pleased and said, "Praise be to the LORD today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation."
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So Hiram sent word to Solomon: "I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and pine logs.
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My men will haul them down from Lebanon to the sea, and I will float them in rafts by sea to the place you specify. There I will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food for my royal household."
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In this way Hiram kept Solomon supplied with all the cedar and pine logs he wanted,
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and Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand cors of wheat as food for his household, in addition to twenty thousand baths of pressed olive oil. Solomon continued to do this for Hiram year after year.
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The LORD gave Solomon wisdom, just as he had promised him. There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty.
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King Solomon conscripted laborers from all Israel-- thirty thousand men.
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He sent them off to Lebanon in shifts of ten thousand a month, so that they spent one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labor.
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Solomon had seventy thousand carriers and eighty thousand stonecutters in the hills,
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as well as thirty-three hundred foremen who supervised the project and directed the workmen.
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At the king's command they removed from the quarry large blocks of quality stone to provide a foundation of dressed stone for the temple.
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The craftsmen of Solomon and Hiram and the men of Gebal cut and prepared the timber and stone for the building of the temple.

2 Chronicles chapter 2

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Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.
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He conscripted seventy thousand men as carriers and eighty thousand as stonecutters in the hills and thirty-six hundred as foremen over them.
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Solomon sent this message to Hiram king of Tyre: "Send me cedar logs as you did for my father David when you sent him cedar to build a palace to live in.
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Now I am about to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense before him, for setting out the consecrated bread regularly, and for making burnt offerings every morning and evening and on Sabbaths and New Moons and at the appointed feasts of the LORD our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.
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"The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.
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But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?
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"Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled craftsmen, whom my father David provided.
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"Send me also cedar, pine and algum logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are skilled in cutting timber there. My men will work with yours
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to provide me with plenty of lumber, because the temple I build must be large and magnificent.
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I will give your servants, the woodsmen who cut the timber, twenty thousand cors of ground wheat, twenty thousand cors of barley, twenty thousand baths of wine and twenty thousand baths of olive oil."
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Hiram king of Tyre replied by letter to Solomon: "Because the LORD loves his people, he has made you their king."
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And Hiram added: "Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who made heaven and earth! He has given King David a wise son, endowed with intelligence and discernment, who will build a temple for the LORD and a palace for himself.
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"I am sending you Huram-Abi, a man of great skill,
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whose mother was from Dan and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen and with those of my lord, David your father.
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"Now let my lord send his servants the wheat and barley and the olive oil and wine he promised,
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and we will cut all the logs from Lebanon that you need and will float them in rafts by sea down to Joppa. You can then take them up to Jerusalem."
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Solomon took a census of all the aliens who were in Israel, after the census his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600.
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He assigned 70,000 of them to be carriers and 80,000 to be stonecutters in the hills, with 3,600 foremen over them to keep the people working.

Psalm chapter 10

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Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
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In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
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He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.
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In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
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His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.
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He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble."
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His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.
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He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent, watching in secret for his victims.
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He lies in wait like a lion in cover; he lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
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His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength.
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He says to himself, "God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees."
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Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless.
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Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"?
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But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.
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Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out.
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The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.
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You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
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defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.

2 Thessalonians chapter 3

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Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
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And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.
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But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
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We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
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May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
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In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
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For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
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nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
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We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.
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For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
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We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
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Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
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And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
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If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.
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Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
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I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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