1 Kings 10:14-28
Solomon’s Great Wealth14 aNow the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, 15besides that which came from the explorers and from the business of the merchants, and from all the kings of the west and from the governors of the land. 16King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels ▼
▼A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 gramsof gold went into each shield. 17And he made 300 cshields of beaten gold; three minas ▼
▼A mina was about 1 1/4 pounds or 0.6 kilogramof gold went into each shield. And the king put them in ethe House of the Forest of Lebanon. 18The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with the finest gold. 19The throne had six steps, and the throne had a round top, ▼
▼Or and at the back of the throne was a calf’s headand on each side of the seat were armrests and two lions standing beside the armrests, 20while twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a step on the six steps. The like of it was never made in any kingdom. 21All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of gthe House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were of silver; silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon. 22For the king had ha fleet of ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Hiram. Once every three years the fleet of ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. ▼
▼Or baboons23 jThus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. 24And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. 25Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year. 26 kAnd Solomon gathered together lchariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the mchariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27And the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as nthe sycamore of the Shephelah. 28And Solomon’s oimport of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders received them from Kue at a price.
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