When the queen
heard of the fame of Solomon
concerning The LORD's name, she came to test him with hard questions.
She came to Jerusalem
with a very great caravan, with camels that bore spices, very much gold, and precious stones; and when she had come to Solomon, she talked with him about all that was in her heart.
Solomon answered all her questions. There was not anything hidden from the king which he didn't tell her.
When the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house
that he had built,
the food of his table, the sitting
of his servants, the attendance of his officials, their clothing, his cup bearers, and his ascent by which he went up to The LORD's house; there was no more spirit
She said to the king, "It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your acts, and of your wisdom.
However I didn't believe the words until I came and my eyes had seen it. Behold, not even half was told me! Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame which I heard.
Happy are your men, happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you, who hear your wisdom.
Blessed is the LORD your God, who delighted in you, to set you on the throne
of Israel. Because the LORD loved Israel
forever, therefore he made you king, to do justice
She gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never again was there such an abundance of spices
as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
The fleet of Hiram
that brought gold from Ophir, also brought in from Ophir
great quantities of almug
trees and precious stones.
The king made of the almug trees pillars for The LORD's house, and for the king's house, harps also and stringed instruments for the singers; no such almug trees came or were seen, to this day.
King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she asked, besides that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own land, she and her servants.
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred sixty-six talents of gold,
besides that which the traders brought, and the traffic of the merchants, and of all the kings of the mixed people, and of the governors of the country.
King Solomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold; six hundred shekels of gold went to one buckler.
he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three minas of gold went to one shield; and the king put them in the House
of the Forest
Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the finest gold.
There were six steps to the throne, and the top of the throne was round behind; and there were armrests on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions
standing beside the armrests.
Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other on the six steps. Nothing like it was made in any kingdom.
All 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, because it was considered of little value in the days of Solomon.
For the king had a fleet of Tarshish
at sea with Hiram's fleet. Once every three years the fleet of Tarshish came, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth
in riches and in wisdom.
All the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
Year after year, every man brought his tribute, vessels of silver, vessels of gold, clothing, armor, spices, horses, and mules.
Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen. He had one thousand four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he kept in the chariot
cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
The king made silver
as common as stones in Jerusalem, and cedars as common as the sycamore
trees that are in the lowland.
The horses which Solomon had were brought out of Egypt. The king's merchants received them in droves, each drove at a price.
A chariot came up and went out of Egypt
for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse
for one hundred fifty shekels; and so they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites, and to the kings of Syria.