1 Kings 10:1-13
The Queen of Sheba1 aNow when bthe queen of cSheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came dto test him with hard questions. 2She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels ebearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. 3And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. 4And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 5the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her. 6And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, 7but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard. 8 fHappy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! 9 gBlessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! hBecause the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king ithat you may execute justice and righteousness.” 10 jThen she gave the king 120 talents ▼
▼A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilogramsof gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. 11Moreover, lthe fleet of Hiram, which brought mgold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug wood and precious stones. 12And the king made of the almug wood supports for the house of the Lord and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps for the singers. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day. 13And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked besides what was given her by the bounty of King Solomon. So she turned and went back to her own land with her servants.
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