|2 Chronicles 9 |
1 When the queen of Sheba heard the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with hard questions; with her was a very great company, and camels that bore spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she came to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
2 Solomon answered all her questions; and there was nothing hidden from Solomon in his answers to her.
3 When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
4 The food of his table, the sitting of his servants, the attendance of his ministers with their apparel, his cupbearers with their apparel, and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
5 And she said to the king, "It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your acts and of your wisdom:
6 However, I did not believe their words until I came, and my eyes had seen it; and, behold, the one half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me for you exceed the fame that I heard.
7 Happy are your men, and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you, and hear your wisdom.
8 Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you to set you on his throne, to be king for the LORD your God. Because your God loved Israel, to establish them forever, therefore made he you king over them to do judgment and justice."
9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices great abundance, and precious stones. There never had been such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.
10 Also the servants Huram and the servants of Solomon who had brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum trees and precious stones.
11 From of the algum trees the king made terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers; and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.
12 King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desires, whatever she asked, beside what she had brought to the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.
13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold;
14 Beside what traders and merchants had brought. All the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 And king Solomon made two hundred large shields of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to each shield.
16 He also made three hundred small shields of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to each shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.
18 There were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, with two lions standing by the arms:
19 Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was nothing like these made in any kingdom.
20 All the drinking vessels of king Solomon were made of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver because it was not considered to be anything of value in the days of Solomon.
21 The king's ships went to Tarshish1 with the servants of Huram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish brought gold, silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
22 King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.
24 Every man brought his presents of vessels of silver, vessels of gold, raiment, harness, spices, horses, mules, continuously year by year.
25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he stationed in the chariot cities, and some with the king at Jerusalem.
26 And he reigned over all the kings from the Jordan river even to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.
27 The king made silver in Jerusalem as common as stones, and he made cedar trees as common as the sycamore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.
28 And they brought to Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31 Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father; and Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
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1 Tarshish. The Septuagint and the Vulgate versions of Bible in several passages translate it with Carthage, apparently following a Jewish tradition found in the Targum of Jonathan ("Afriki", i.e., Carthage). Considering the cargo included apes, it was most likely an African city. Carthage was a great city in today's Tunisia. It rivaled Rome, particularly when Hannibal almost succeeded in conquering Italy. The city was destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC. However, the Romans refounded Carthage, which became one of the three most important cities of the Empire and the capital of the short-lived Vandal kingdom. It continued to be a great city until the Muslims destroyed it in 698 AD.
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