This may or may not be a trick question. Atheists point to this seeming contradiction to disprove the Bible. The answer to the question — Jesse had how many sons? — is a stumper for many Christians who are unprepared to defend what they believe.
Of course, there are no contradictions in the Bible that cannot be properly explained within the context of Scripture itself. Most of these so-called discrepancies are nothing more than grammatical errors.
Copies of ancient text were printed by hand. It was tedious and labor intensive. The copyist might misspell a word or, in the case of Solomon’s horses, drop a digit. In 1 Kings 4:26 we read that Solomon had 40000 stalls of horses, but in 2 Chronicles 9:25 it reads 4000 stalls. There are similar errors like this in the various manuscripts, but the key point to remember is that these textual variants neither disprove the Bible nor debunk Judeo-Christian theology.
I studied grad school text books that had misprints, but the errors did not invalidate the underlying course material. Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, and a copyist error does not alter that fact nor does it change my relationship with God. With that in mind see if you can correctly answer the question posed. A detailed explanation is posted in the feedback section of the correct answer.
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