May 13, 2001 / Volume 1, Issue 10
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How many stalls and horsemen did Solomon have? In 1 Kings 4:26 we read, "And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen." However, 2 Chronicles 9:25 records, "And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem."
Is there a contradiction?
Firstly, there is no contradiction of how many horsemen there were. Both 1 Kings 4 and 2 Chronicles 9 state, "...and twelve thousand horsemen..."
Concerning the number of stalls, the questioner did not read the text closely enough. It would seem that in 1 Kings, we are told how many horses Solomon had for his chariots --- 40,000 horses. In 2 Chronicles, we are told how many stalls he had in which to keep his horses and chariots --- 4,000 stalls. Thus, he had 4,000 stalls, 10 horses in each stall, totalling 40,000 horses.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible