2 Chronicles 9

The Queen of Sheba

Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon, she came to test [him] with difficult questions. [She arrived] in Jerusalem with a very large caravan, with camels bearing spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones. So she came to Solomon and spoke to him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too difficult for [him] to explain. When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, the palace he had built, the food at his table, the seating of his servants, the service and attire of his attendants and cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he presented at the house of the LORD, it took her breath away. She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your words [and] wisdom is true. But I did not believe the reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not half of the greatness of your wisdom was told to me. You have far exceeded the report I heard. How blessed are your men! How blessed are these servants of yours who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom. Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you to set you on His throne [to be] king for the LORD your God. Because your God loved Israel enough to establish them forever, He has made you king over them to carry out justice and righteousness.” Then she gave the king 120 talents
That is, about 4.52 tons or 4.1 metric tons
of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones. There had never been such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10  ( The servants of Hiram [and] of Solomon, who brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum
Probably a variant of almug
wood and precious stones.
11  The king made the algum wood into steps for the house of the LORD and for the king’s palace, and into lyres and harps for the singers. Never before had anything like them been seen in the land of Judah. ) 12  King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired— whatever she asked— far more than she had brought the king. Then she left and returned to her own country, along with her servants.

Solomon's Wealth and Splendor

13  The weight of gold that came to Solomon each year was 666 talents,
That is, about 25.1 tons or 22.8 metric tons
14  not including the revenue from the merchants and traders. And all the Arabian kings and governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15  King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred [shekels]
That is, about 15 pounds or 6.8 kilograms
of hammered gold went into each shield.
16  [He also made] three hundred small shields of hammered gold; three hundred [shekels]
That is, about 7.5 pounds or 3.5 kilograms
of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
17  Additionally, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold. 18  The throne had six steps, and a footstool of gold was attached to it. There were armrests on both sides of the seat, with a lion standing beside each armrest. 19  Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each [step] . Nothing like [this] had ever been made for any kingdom. 20  All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were gold, and all the utensils of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. There was no silver, because it was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon. 21  For the king had the ships of Tarshish
Or a fleet of trading ships
that went with Hiram’ s servants, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
Or baboons
22  So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23  All the kings of the earth sought an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart. 24  Year after year , [each] visitor would bring his tribute: articles of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules. 25  Solomon had 4,000 {} stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horses,
Or horsemen or charioteers
which he stationed in the chariot cities and also with [him] in Jerusalem.
26  He reigned over all the kings from the Euphrates
Hebrew the River
to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.
27  The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as abundant as sycamore in the foothills.
Hebrew Shephelah or lowlands, that is, the western foothills of Judea
28  Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from all the lands.

The Death of Solomon

29  As for the rest of the acts of Solomon, from beginning to end, [are] they not written in the Records of Nathan the Prophet, in the Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the Visions of Iddo the Seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat? 30  Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 31  And Solomon rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David. And his son Rehoboam became king in his place.
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