How Many Horses Were There? 4000 or 40,000?


Supposed contradiction and verses:

How many horses were there? 4000 or 40,000?

1st Kings 4:26

And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

2nd Chronicles 9:25

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.


   In 1st Kings, we are told there are 40,000 stalls OF horses for his chariots. In 2nd Chronicles, we are told that there are 4,000 stalls FOR horses AND chariots. Obviously, there are ten horses per chariot, I mean, certainly, they would not have just one, right? If they did, then when a horse died, the chariot would be out of commission Think of how this would have looked. 4000 stalls that had horses and chariots in them. A chariot and ten horses in each. This is what 2nd Chronicles describes. Well, within those stalls, they wouldn’t just have the horses and chariot cooped up together. You see in stables that there are individual stalls for horses. This is to allow for individual care needs such as sickness, grooming, and a host of other things. That would mean, in each of those 4000 “major” stalls with horses and chariots, there would be 10 stalls for the horses, giving what 1st Kings describes as the 40,000 stalls of horses. There is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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