Solomon’s rule (1 Kings 4:20-4:21)

Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank. They were happy. Solomon was sovereign over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines, even to the borders of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.”

For the next chapter or two there is a discrepancy in the texts between the Jerusalem Bible and the New Oxford Bible. I will try to straighten this out by relying on the New Oxford Bible. Under Solomon everyone was happy and prosperous. These were the good old days. His rule went from the Euphrates River to Egypt. Only the Philistines on the coast seem to be still there and the area to the north had the unnamed Phoenicians. Everybody brought him tribute.

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