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80 1 KINGS IX. 23. QUESTION

by Manasseh Ben Israel
80 1 KINGS IX. 23. QUESTION 16. 1 Kings 9: 23. These chiefs of the officers 2 Chron. 8 : 10. These chiefs of king Solo-that were over Solomons work, 550 bare mons officers, 2.50, that bare rule over rule over the people. the people. RECONCILIATION. There were two classes of overseers that King Solomon employed over the work; the first were the Israelites, who were 250, and the others were the proselytes or strangers, amounting to 300, making together 550 as in Kings. In Chronicles, the 250 Israelites only are reckoned. The reason the 300 are not mentioned in this passage in Chronicles, is, because they were included in the other account; when in reckoning the overseers, it says they were 3600, whereas in Kings they are stated only at 3300, but the 300 more in that place are the strangers that he wished to include with the others, and are those defi-cient in the other account: in this manner there remains no difficulty. QUESTION 17. 1 Kings 9 : 28. And they came to Ophir 2 Chron. 8 : 18. And they took thence 450 and took from thence 420 talents of talents of gold, gold. RECONCILIATION. R. David Kimchi and Don Isaac Abarbanel conciliate these texts very easily, saying, that the gold they took from thence was 450 talents, but the net produce was only 420, as 30 were expended on the troops and sailors of Hi-ram, who went with Solomons ships and joined in the voyage. R. Samuel Laniado gives another interpretation ; he says, the talents of Ophir and of Jerusalem were not of equal weight, and, on the whole quantity, it made a difference of 30 talents ; so on one side they are reckoned as 450, and on the other 420, according to the difference of weight in the two kingdoms : by which there is no difference. QUESTION 18. 1 Kings 10: 14. Now the weight of gold In making the account it is not found to be that came to Solomon in one year was so much. 666 talents of gold. RECONCILIATION. Rashi speaks thus— I do not find the account exact, because King Hiram gave him 120, Queen Sheba 120— making 240, and the 420 that came from Ophir made together 660 ; according to which there are six wanting to complete the quantity. But this doubt is well solved, by what R. Levi ben Gershon considers, which is, that there it does not treat of what Solomon received in that parti-cular year, but of his annual receipts and presents brought him by all the kings annually, as stated in Chronicles. Or, it may be said, it treats of the Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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80 1 KINGS IX. 23. QUESTION 16. 1 Kings 9: 23. These chiefs of the officers 2 Chron. 8 : 10. These chiefs of king Solo-that were over Solomon's work, 550 bare mon's officers, 2.50, that bare rule over rule over the people. the people. RECONCILIATION. There were two classes of overseers that King Solomon employed over the work; the first were the Israelites, who were 250, and the others were the proselytes or strangers, amounting to 300, making together 550 as in Kings. In Chronicles, the 250 Israelites only are reckoned. The reason the 300 are not mentioned in this passage in Chronicles, is, because they were included in the other account; when in reckoning the overseers, it says they were 3600, whereas in Kings they are stated only at 3300, but the 300 more in that place are the strangers that he wished to include with the others, and are those defi-cient in the other account: in this manner there remains no difficulty. QUESTION 17. 1 Kings 9 : 28. And they came to Ophir 2 Chron. 8 : 18. And they took thence 450 and took from thence 420 talents of talents of gold, gold. RECONCILIATION. R. David Kimchi and Don Isaac Abarbanel conciliate these texts very easily, saying, that the gold they took from thence was 450 talents, but the net produce was only 420, as 30 were expended on the troops and sailors of Hi-ram, who went with Solomon's ships and joined in the voyage. R. Samuel Laniado gives another interpretation ; he says, the talents of Ophir and of Jerusalem were not of equal weight, and, on the whole quantity, it made a difference of 30 talents ; so on one side they are reckoned as 450, and on the other 420, according to the difference of weight in the two kingdoms : by which there is no difference. QUESTION 18. 1 Kings 10: 14. Now the weight of gold In making the account it is not found to be that came to Solomon in one year was so much. 666 talents of gold. RECONCILIATION. Rashi speaks thus— I do not find the account exact, because King Hiram gave him 120, Queen Sheba 120— making 240, and the 420 that came from Ophir made together 660 ; according to which there are six wanting to complete the quantity. But this doubt is well solved, by what R. Levi ben Gershon considers, which is, that there it does not treat of what Solomon received in that parti-cular year, but of his annual receipts and presents brought him by all the kings annually, as stated in Chronicles. Or, it may be said, it treats of the << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index
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