1Now the Queen of Sheba had been hearing of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of Yahweh, and she came to test him with difficult questions.
2She came to Jerusalem with a very large entourage; with camels carrying spices and gold in great abundance, and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about everything that was on her heart.
3Solomon told her the answer to all her questions; there was not anything hidden from the king that he did not tell her.
4When the Queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built
5and the food of his table, and the seating of his servants,a and the attendance of his waiters and their clothing, and his cupbearers, and his burnt offering that he offered up at the house of Yahweh, she was left breathless.
6And she said to the king, “It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom.
7But I did not believe the words until I came and my eyes had seen it. But behold, the half was not told to me! You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report that I heard.
8Happy are your men, happy are these your servants who stand continually before you, who hear your wisdom.
9May Yahweh your God be blessed, who has delighted in you, to set you on the throne of Israel. Because Yahweh loved Israel forever, therefore he made you king to carry out justice and righteousness.”
10She gave the king 120 talents of gold, and spices in great abundance, and precious stones. There never came again such an abundance of spices as these that the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
11Also, the fleet of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir brought from Ophir a great abundance of almug trees and precious stones.
12The king made staircases for the house of Yahweh and for the king’s house from the almug wood, also harps and lyres for the singers; no such almug wood had come before, and none has been seen again until to this day.
13King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she asked, in addition to what Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own land, she and her servants.
14Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in a single year was 666 talents of gold,
15in addition to what came from the traders, and from the merchandise of the traveling merchants, and what came from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country.
16And King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels of goldb went to each large shield.
17And he made 300 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.
18And the king made a large throne of ivory and overlaid it with refined gold.
19The throne had six steps, and there was a rounded top at the back of the throne, and there were armrests on either side of the seat and two lions standing beside the armrests.
20Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other on the six steps: there was nothing like it made in any kingdom.
21All king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the House in the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were of silver; it was not considered of any value in the days of Solomon.
22For the king had at sea a fleet of Tarshish ships, with the fleet of Hiram; once every three years the fleet of Tarshish ships came, bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.
23So King Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.
24And all the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.
25And each one of them brought his tribute, articles of silver, and articles of gold, and clothing, and armor, and spices, horses and mules—that which was due year after year.
26And Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen, and he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen that he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
27The king made silver to be as abundant in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars to be as abundant as the sycamore trees that are in the Shephelah.
28And the import source of horses for Solomon was from Egypt and from Kue, and the king’s merchants would get them from Kue at a fixed price.
29A chariot was imported from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver,c and a horse for 150,d and likewise they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of the Syrians.