Daily Bible Reading
Today's reading: 1 Kings 4-6
Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.
1 Kings 4
Solomon’s Royal Court and Administrators
1. King Solomon ruled over all Israel.
2. These were his officials: Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.
3. Elihoreph and Ahijah, the sons of Shisha, wrote down what happened. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was in charge of the records.
4. Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the army. Zadok and Abiathar were priests.
5. Azariah son of Nathan was supervisor of the district governors. Zabud son of Nathan was a priest and adviser to the king.
6. Ahishar was supervisor of the palace. Adoniram son of Abda was supervisor of the work crews.
7. Solomon had twelve district governors appointed throughout Israel who acquired supplies for the king and his palace. Each was responsible for one month in the year.
8. These were their names: Ben-Hur was in charge of the hill country of Ephraim.
9. Ben-Deker was in charge of Makaz, Shaalbim, Beth Shemesh, and Elon Beth Hanan.
10. Ben-Hesed was in charge of Arubboth; he controlled Socoh and all the territory of Hepher.
11. Ben-Abinadab was in charge of Naphath Dor. (He was married to Solomon’s daughter Taphath.)
12. Baana son of Ahilud was in charge of Taanach and Megiddo, as well as all of Beth Shan next to Zarethan below Jezreel, from Beth Shan to Abel Meholah and on past Jokmeam.
13. Ben-Geber was in charge of Ramoth Gilead; he controlled the tent villages of Jair son of Manasseh in Gilead, as well as the region of Argob in Bashan, including sixty large walled cities with bronze bars locking their gates.
14. Ahinadab son of Iddo was in charge of Mahanaim.
15. Ahimaaz was in charge of Naphtali. (He married Solomon’s daughter Basemath.)
16. Baana son of Hushai was in charge of Asher and Aloth.
17. Jehoshaphat son of Paruah was in charge of Issachar.
18. Shimei son of Ela was in charge of Benjamin.
19. Geber son of Uri was in charge of the land of Gilead (the territory which had once belonged to King Sihon of the Amorites and to King Og of Bashan). He was sole governor of the area.
Solomon’s Wealth and Fame
20. The people of Judah and Israel were as innumerable as the sand on the seashore; they had plenty to eat and drink and were happy.
21. Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. These kingdoms paid tribute as Solomon’s subjects throughout his lifetime.
22. Each day Solomon’s royal court consumed thirty cors of finely milled flour, sixty cors of cereal,
23. ten calves fattened in the stall, twenty calves from the pasture, and a hundred sheep, not to mention rams, gazelles, deer, and well-fed birds.
24. His royal court was so large because he ruled over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River from Tiphsah to Gaza; he was at peace with all his neighbors.
25. All the people of Judah and Israel had security; everyone from Dan to Beer Sheba enjoyed the produce of their vines and fig trees throughout Solomon’s lifetime.
26. Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses and 12,000 horses.
27. The district governors acquired supplies for King Solomon and all who ate in his royal palace. Each was responsible for one month in the year; they made sure nothing was lacking.
28. Each one also brought to the assigned location his quota of barley and straw for the various horses.
29. God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment; the breadth of his understanding was as infinite as the sand on the seashore.
30. Solomon was wiser than all the men of the east and all the sages of Egypt.
31. He was wiser than any man, including Ethan the Ezrahite or Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. He was famous in all the neighboring nations.
32. He composed 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs.
33. He produced manuals on botany, describing every kind of plant, from the cedars of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows on walls. He also produced manuals on biology, describing animals, birds, insects, and fish.
34. People from all nations came to hear Solomon’s display of wisdom; they came from all the kings of the earth who heard about his wisdom.
1 Kings 5
Solomon Gathers Building Materials for the Temple
1. King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to Solomon when he heard that he had been anointed king in his father’s place. (Hiram had always been an ally of David.)
2. Solomon then sent this message to Hiram:
3. “You know that my father David was unable to build a temple to honor the Lord his God, for he was busy fighting battles on all fronts while the Lord subdued his enemies.
4. But now the Lord my God has made me secure on all fronts; there is no adversary or dangerous threat.
5. So I have decided to build a temple to honor the Lord my God, as the Lord instructed my father David, ‘Your son, whom I will put on your throne in your place, is the one who will build a temple to honor me.’
6. So now order some cedars of Lebanon to be cut for me. My servants will work with your servants. I will pay your servants whatever you say is appropriate, for you know that we have no one among us who knows how to cut down trees like the Sidonians.”
7. When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was very happy. He said, “The Lord is worthy of praise today because he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”
8. Hiram then sent this message to Solomon: “I received the message you sent to me. I will give you all the cedars and evergreens you need.
9. My servants will bring the timber down from Lebanon to the sea. I will send it by sea in raft-like bundles to the place you designate. There I will separate the logs and you can carry them away. In exchange you will supply the food I need for my royal court.”
10. So Hiram supplied the cedars and evergreens Solomon needed,
11. and Solomon supplied Hiram annually with 20,000 cors of wheat as provision for his royal court, as well as 20,000 baths of pure olive oil.
12. So the Lord gave Solomon wisdom, as he had promised him. And Hiram and Solomon were at peace and made a treaty.
13. King Solomon conscripted work crews from throughout Israel, 30,000 men in all.
14. He sent them to Lebanon in shifts of 10,000 men per month. They worked in Lebanon for one month, and then spent two months at home. Adoniram was supervisor of the work crews.
15. Solomon also had 70,000 common laborers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hills,
16. besides 3,300 officials who supervised the workers.
17. By royal order they supplied large valuable stones in order to build the temple’s foundation with chiseled stone.
18. Solomon’s and Hiram’s construction workers, along with men from Byblos, did the chiseling and prepared the wood and stones for the building of the temple.
1 Kings 6
The Building of the Temple
1. In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites left Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, during the month Ziv (the second month), he began building the Lord’s temple.
2. The temple King Solomon built for the Lord was 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet high.
3. The porch in front of the main hall of the temple was 30 feet long, corresponding to the width of the temple. It was 15 feet wide, extending out from the front of the temple.
4. He made framed windows for the temple.
5. He built an extension all around the walls of the temple’s main hall and holy place and constructed side rooms in it.
6. The bottom floor of the extension was seven and a half feet wide, the middle floor nine feet wide, and the third floor ten and a half feet wide. He made ledges on the temple’s outer walls so the beams would not have to be inserted into the walls.
7. As the temple was being built, only stones shaped at the quarry were used; the sound of hammers, pickaxes, or any other iron tool was not heard at the temple while it was being built.
8. The entrance to the bottom level of side rooms was on the south side of the temple; stairs went up to the middle floor and then on up to the third floor.
9. He finished building the temple and covered it with rafters and boards made of cedar.
10. He built an extension all around the temple; it was seven and a half feet high and it was attached to the temple by cedar beams.
11. The Lord said to Solomon:
12. “As for this temple you are building, if you follow my rules, observe my regulations, and obey all my commandments, I will fulfill through you the promise I made to your father David.
13. I will live among the Israelites and will not abandon my people Israel.”
14. So Solomon finished building the temple.
15. He constructed the walls inside the temple with cedar planks; he paneled the inside with wood from the floor of the temple to the rafters of the ceiling. He covered the temple floor with boards made from the wood of evergreens.
16. He built a wall 30 feet in from the rear of the temple as a partition for an inner sanctuary that would be the most holy place. He paneled the wall with cedar planks from the floor to the rafters.
17. The main hall in front of the inner sanctuary was 60 feet long.
18. The inside of the temple was all cedar and was adorned with carvings of round ornaments and of flowers in bloom. Everything was cedar; no stones were visible.
19. He prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord could be placed there.
20. The inner sanctuary was 30 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 30 feet high. He plated it with gold, as well as the cedar altar.
21. Solomon plated the inside of the temple with gold. He hung golden chains in front of the inner sanctuary and plated the inner sanctuary with gold.
22. He plated the entire inside of the temple with gold, as well as the altar inside the inner sanctuary.
23. In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubs of olive wood; each stood 15 feet high.
24. Each of the first cherub’s wings was seven and a half feet long; its entire wingspan was 15 feet.
25. The second cherub also had a wingspan of 15 feet; it was identical to the first in measurements and shape.
26. Each cherub stood 15 feet high.
27. He put the cherubs in the inner sanctuary of the temple. Their wings were spread out. One of the first cherub’s wings touched one wall and one of the other cherub’s wings touched the opposite wall. The first cherub’s other wing touched the second cherub’s other wing in the middle of the room.
28. He plated the cherubs with gold.
29. On all the walls around the temple, inside and out, he carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom.
30. He plated the floor of the temple with gold, inside and out.
31. He made doors of olive wood at the entrance to the inner sanctuary; the pillar on each doorpost was five-sided.
32. On the two doors made of olive wood he carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom, and he plated them with gold. He plated the cherubs and the palm trees with hammered gold.
33. In the same way he made doorposts of olive wood for the entrance to the main hall, only with four-sided pillars.
34. He also made two doors out of wood from evergreens; each door had two folding leaves.
35. He carved cherubs, palm trees, and flowers in bloom and plated them with gold, leveled out over the carvings.
36. He built the inner courtyard with three rows of chiseled stones and a row of cedar beams.
37. In the month Ziv of the fourth year of Solomon’s reign the foundation was laid for the Lord’s temple.
38. In the eleventh year, in the month Bul (the eighth month) the temple was completed in accordance with all its specifications and blueprints. It took seven years to build.