ABC:2 Chronicles 8

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Verse 10

Jim Meritt of claims there is a contradiction is here in his section "Solomon's overseers".[1]

While on the surface this appears to be a scribal error, a closer examination of other passages, 2 Chronicles 2:18 and 1 Kings 5:15-16 reveals there is no contradiction.

As pointed out by Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible in 1746 A.D.:

In other words, 1 Kings 5:16 says there 3300 ruling over the people apart from the chief of Solomon's officers. These were apparently part of the 3600 overseers in 2 Chronicles 2:18, meaning 300 of them were a separate class. 1 Kings 5:16 may even be incorrectly translated into English by the KJV, and perhaps should be translated "Three thousand, and three hundred which ruled over the people". The simple inclusion of a comma would make it clear there's a separate 300 officers here, but either way it's plain from doing the math.

Regardless, when added to the elite 250 of 2 Chronicles 8:10, they formed the top 550 overseers mentioned in 1 Kings 9:23. At any rate, there is no contradiction here, the numbering matches up perfectly. Apparently God just likes to make people who think they find contradictions in His Word do math.


  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from
  2. Gill, John (1746). Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible. At Internet Sacred Texts Archive. Retrieved from