The power of King Solomon (2 Chr 9:25-9:28)

“King Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horses, that he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. He ruled over all the kings from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. The king made silver as common as stone in Jerusalem. Cedar was as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. Horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt and from all lands”.

This section is loosely based on 1 Kings, chapter 10. In case there was trouble King Solomon had 4,000 horse and chariot stalls with 12,000 horses ready to go, either in Jerusalem or in the chariot towns. He ruled from the Euphrates River to Egypt. Only the Philistines still held unto the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, while the Phoenicians worked with him. Jerusalem was a wealthy town. Silver was as common as stones. Cedar wood was as available as sycamore wood. Horses were imported from Egypt and elsewhere.