1When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of Yahweh, she came to test him with difficult questions.
2She came to Jerusalem with a very large entourage; with camels bearing spices, and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about everything that was on her heart.
3Solomon told her all her questions; there was not anything hidden from the king that he didn’t 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 sitting of his servants and the attendance of his ministers, and their clothing and his cup bearers and his ascent by which he went up to the house of Yahweh, there was no more spirit in her.
6She said to the king, “It was a true report that I heard in my own land of your acts and of your wisdom.
7However I didn’t believe the words until I came and my eyes had seen it. Behold, the half was not told me! Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame that I heard.
8Happy are your men, happy are these your servants who stand continually before you, who hear your wisdom.
9Blessed is Yahweh your God who delighted in you, to set you on the throne of Israel. Because Yahweh loved Israel forever, therefore made he you king to do justice and righteousness.”
11The navy also of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees and precious stones.
12The king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of Yahweh and for the king’s house, harps also and stringed instruments for the singers; there came no such almug trees, nor were seen, to this day.
14Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one 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 Arabian kings, and from the governors of the country.
16King Solomon made 200 bucklers of beaten gold; 600 shekels of gold went to one buckler.
17He made 300 shields of beaten gold; three minas of gold went to one shield, and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
18Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with the finest 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.
2012 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 of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver. It was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
22For the king had at sea a navy of Tarshish with the navy of Hiram; once every three years came the navy of Tarshish, bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.
23So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.
24All the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.
25They brought every man his tribute, vessels of silver and vessels of gold, and clothing and armor and spices, horses and mules, a rate year by year.
26Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen, and he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen that he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.
27The king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore trees that are in the lowland, for abundance.
28The horses that Solomon had were brought out of Egypt, and the king’s merchants received them in droves, each drove at a price.
29A chariot came up and went out of Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150; and so for all the kings of the Hittites and for the kings of Syria they brought them out by their means.