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  • So Solomon deposed Abiathar from his position as priest of the LORD, thereby fulfilling the decree the LORD had made at Shiloh concerning the descendants of Eli. - 1 Kings 2:27

  • When news of this reached King Solomon, he sent Benaiah son of Jehoiada to execute him. - 1 Kings 2:29

  • Solomon heard that Shimei had left Jerusalem and had gone to Gath and returned. - 1 Kings 2:41

  • Then, at the king's command, Benaiah son of Jehoiada took Shimei outside and killed him. So the kingdom was now firmly in Solomon's grip. - 1 Kings 2:46

  • Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and married one of his daughters. He brought her to live in the City of David until he could finish building his palace and the Temple of the LORD and the wall around the city. - 1 Kings 3:1

  • Solomon loved the LORD and followed all the instructions of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local altars. - 1 Kings 3:3

  • That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, "What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!" - 1 Kings 3:5

  • Solomon replied, "You were wonderfully kind to my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued this great kindness to him today by giving him a son to succeed him. - 1 Kings 3:6

  • The Lord was pleased with Solomon's reply and was glad that he had asked for wisdom. - 1 Kings 3:10

  • Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem and stood before the Ark of the Lord's covenant, where he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet. - 1 Kings 3:15

  • So Solomon was king over all Israel, - 1 Kings 4:1

  • Solomon also had twelve district governors who were over all Israel. They were responsible for providing food from the people for the king's household. Each of them arranged provisions for one month of the year. - 1 Kings 4:7

  • Ben-abinadab, in Naphoth-dor.* (He was married to Taphath, one of Solomon's daughters.)1 - 1 Kings 4:11

  • Ahimaaz, in Naphtali. (He was married to Basemath, another of Solomon's daughters.) - 1 Kings 4:15

  • King Solomon ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River* to the land of the Philistines, as far south as the border of Egypt. The conquered peoples of those lands sent tribute money to Solomon and continued to serve him throughout his lifetime.4 - 1 Kings 4:21

  • The daily food requirements for Solomon's palace were 150 bushels of choice flour and 300 bushels of meal,*5 - 1 Kings 4:22

  • Solomon's dominion extended over all the kingdoms west of the Euphrates River, from Tiphsah to Gaza. And there was peace throughout the entire land. - 1 Kings 4:24
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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