Today’s country: Republic of Seychelles
In my distress I cried to the Lord,
And He heard me.
Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips
And from a deceitful tongue.
My soul has dwelt too long
With one who hates peace.
I am for peace;
But when I speak, they are for war.
from Psalm 120
King Solomon was king over all Israel. And these were his officials …
Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month of the year. These are their names …
he had dominion over all the region on this side of the River from Tiphsah even to Gaza, namely over all the kings on this side of the River; and he had peace on every side all around him. And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore. Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.
He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.
from 1Kings 4
Solomon sent to Hiram, saying: You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet. But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the Lord my God
Hiram gave Solomon cedar and cypress logs according to all his desire. And Solomon gave Hiram twenty thousand kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of pressed oil. Thus Solomon gave to Hiram year by year.
King Solomon raised up a labor force out of all Israel; and the labor force was thirty thousand men.
the king commanded them to quarry large stones, costly stones, and hewn stones, to lay the foundation of the temple. So Solomon’s builders, Hiram’s builders, and the Gebalites quarried them; and they prepared timber and stones to build the temple.
from 1Kings 5