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The Queen of Sheba

1When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to test Solomon with difficult questions at Jerusalem, with a very large entourage, and with camels carrying spices and gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about everything that was on her heart.
  2Solomon told her the answer to all her questions; there was not anything hidden from the king that he did not tell her.
  3When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built
  4and the food of his table, and the seating of his servants, and the attendance of his waiters and their clothing, and his cupbearers and their clothing, and his burnt offering that he offered up at the house of Yahweh, she was left breathless.
 

5And she said to the king, “It is a true report that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom.
  6But I did not believe their words until I came and my eyes had seen it. But behold, half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told to me; you exceed the report that I heard.
  7Happy are your men and happy are these your servants who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom.
  8May Yahweh your God be blessed, who has delighted in you, to set you on his throne, to be king for Yahweh your God; because your God loved Israel to establish them forever, therefore he made you king over them, to carry out justice and righteousness.”
 

9She gave the king 120 talents of gold, and spices in great abundance, and precious stones. There were never any such spices as the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
  10Also, the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.
  11The king made staircases for the house of Yahweh and for the king’s house from the algum wood, and harps and stringed instruments for the singers; and none had been seen like them before in the land of Judah.
 

12King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatever she asked, more than what she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own land, she and her servants.
 

Solomon’s Wealth

13Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in a single year was 666 talents of gold,
  14in addition to what the traders and merchants brought, and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country, who were bringing gold and silver to Solomon.
 

15And King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels of beaten gold went to each large shield.
  16And he made 300 shields of beaten gold; 300 shekels of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
 

17And the king made a large throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold.
  18And the throne had six steps and a footstool of gold that were fastened to the throne, and there were armrests on either side of the seat and two lions standing beside the armrests.
  19Twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other on the six steps; there was nothing like it made in any kingdom.
 

20All king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; silver was not considered of any value in the days of Solomon.
  21For the king had ships that went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came, bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.
 

22So king Solomon was greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
  23And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.
  24And they brought, each one, his tribute, vessels of silver and vessels of gold, and clothing and armor and spices, horses and mules, what was due year by year.
 

25Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen that he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
  26He ruled over all the kings from the River even to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.
  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 they brought horses for Solomon out of Egypt and out of all lands.
 

Solomon’s Death

29Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the history of Nathan the prophet and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
  30And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
  31Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father; and Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
 


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