23 They were also the chief officials in charge of Solomon's projects-550 officials supervising those who did the work.

Other Translations of 1 Kings 9:23

King James Version

23 These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.

English Standard Version

23 These were the chief officers who were over Solomon's work: who had charge of the people who carried on the work.

The Message

23 They were also the project managers responsible for Solomon's building operations - 550 of them in charge of the workforce.

New King James Version

23 Others were chiefs of the officials who were over Solomon's work: five hundred and fifty, who ruled over the people who did the work.

New Living Translation

23 Solomon appointed 550 of them to supervise the people working on his various projects.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 9:23

Commentary on 1 Kings 9:15-28

(Read 1 Kings 9:15-28)

Here is a further account of Solomon's greatness. He began at the right end, for he built God's house first, and finished that before he began his own; then God blessed him, and he prospered in all his other buildings. Let piety begin, and profit follow; leave pleasure to the last. Whatever pains we take for the glory of God, and to profit others, we are likely to have the advantage. Canaan, the holy land, the glory of all lands, had no gold in it; which shows that the best produce is that which is for the present support of life, our own and others; such things did Canaan produce. Solomon got much by his merchandise, and yet has directed us to a better trade, within reach of the poorest. Wisdom is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold, Proverbs 3:14.