|1 Kings 10 |
1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
2 She came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels bearing spices, much gold, and precious stones. When she had come to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was on her mind.
3 And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing too difficult for the king to explain to her.
4 Now when the queen of Sheba had seen all of Solomon's wisdom, and the temple that he had built,
5 The food of his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his ascent [stairway] by which he went up to the temple of the LORD; she was overwhelmed.
6 And she said to the king, "It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom.
7 However, I did not believe the words until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, not even half was told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceeds the fame of which I heard.
8 Happy are your men, happy are these your servants who stand continually before you, hearing your wisdom.
9 Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel. Because the LORD loved Israel forever, therefore made he you king to do justice and righteousness."
10 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, a very great store of spices, and precious stones. Never again did so many spices come in as these which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
11 And the fleet of Hiram that brought the gold from Ophir also brought in a great amount of almug wood and precious stones.
12 The king made pillars of the almug wood for the temple of the LORD and for the king's house, and harps and psalteries for singers also. So such almug wood has never been seen again to this day.
13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he gave her from his royal bounty. So she returned to her own country, she and her servants.
14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred sixty six talents of gold [about 25 tons],
15 Beside that from the traders, the traffic of the merchants, and from all the kings and governors of Arabia.
16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield.
17 He also made three hundred small shields of beaten gold; three minas of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the house of the Forest of Lebanon.
18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with the finest gold.
19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne had a rounded canopy. There were armrests on either side of the seat, with a lions standing beside each armrest.
20 Twelve lions also stood on either end of the six steps. There was nothing like it in any other kingdom.
21 All of King Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were of silver; it was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon.
22 For the king had a fleet of the ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
23 So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
24 And all the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom which God had put in his mind.
25 And every man brought a present: vessels of silver, vessels of gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate each year.
26 And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, which he stationed in the cities for chariots and with the king at Jerusalem.
27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars as plentiful as the sycamore trees that are in the lowlands.
28 Also Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and the king's merchants brought them for a price at Kue.
29 A chariot could be bought from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and for the kings of Syria.
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