2 Chronicles 9:13-28
Solomon’s Wealth13 aNow the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, 14besides that which the explorers and merchants brought. bAnd all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels ▼
▼A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 gramsof beaten gold went into each shield. 16And he made 300 shields of beaten gold; d300 shekels of gold went into each shield; and the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon. 17The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold. 18The throne had six steps and a footstool of gold, which were attached to the throne, and on each side of the seat were armrests and two lions standing beside the armrests, 19while twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a step on the six steps. Nothing like it was ever made for 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 as anything in the days of Solomon. 21For the king’s ships went to eTarshish with the servants of Hiram. Once every three years the ships of Tarshish used to come bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. ▼
▼Or baboons22Thus King Solomon gexcelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. 23And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind. 24Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and of gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year. 25And Solomon had h4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 26 iAnd he ruled over all the kings jfrom the Euphrates ▼
▼Hebrew the Riverto the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt. 27 lAnd the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah. 28 mAnd horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.
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