A who's who of Solomon's cabinet. People who know far more than I about this inform me that many of them are governors of a territory that stretches from Iraq to Egypt. His household goes through 30 oxen, 100 sheep, and unnumbered deer and fowl a day.
Somehow, he keeps 40 000 horses in his stables, which, if you consider that an average horse produces between 15 and 35 pounds of manure per day, is a load of horseshit.
We also find out that he's smarter than all of Egypt combined, and that he wrote a lot of poems and songs.
Hiram, the king of Tyre, sends some of his servants to Solomon to pay tribute. Solomon sends back a letter expressing his desire to build a temple, which his father never had time to do what with all those wars he was always fighting. We don't find out why there are no longer any wars, although I'm sure it's not because they finally killed off all those pesky Ammonites for the 54th time. He asks Hiram for help cutting down the cedars he wants for the temple. Hiram quickly agrees, and Solomon sends oil and wheat in exchange.
Solomon drafts thousands of woodcutters to send to Lebanon for the trees, and others to prepare the stones for the foundations.