1 Kings 10

The Queen of Sheba

1 a  Now when the b  queen of c  Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the  Lord, she came d  to test him with difficult questions. 2So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels e  carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. 3Solomon
Lit told her all her words
answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from the king which he did not
Lit tell her
explain to her.
4When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, 5the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and
Or his burnt offering which he offered
his stairway by which he went up to the house of the  Lord, there was no more spirit in her.
6Then she said to the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. 7Nevertheless I did not believe the
Lit words
reports, until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report which I heard.
8“How j  blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom. 9 k  Blessed be the  Lord your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel; l  because the  Lord loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king m  to do justice and righteousness.” 10 n  She gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a very great amount of spices and precious stones. Never again did such abundance of spices come in as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.

11 o  Also the ships of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir a very great number of almug trees and precious stones. 12 p  The king made of the almug trees supports for the house of the  Lord and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps for the singers; such almug trees have not come in again nor have they been seen to this day.

13King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested, besides what he gave her according to
Lit the hand of King Solomon
his royal bounty. Then she turned and went to her own land
Lit she and
together with her servants.

Wealth, Splendor and Wisdom

14 s  Now the weight of gold which came in to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, 15besides that from the traders and the
Or traffic
wares of the merchants and all the kings of the u  Arabs and the governors of the country.
16 v  King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold
Lit he brought up
using 600 shekels of gold on each large shield.
17He made x  300 shields of beaten gold
Lit he brought up
using three minas of gold on each shield, and z  the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
18Moreover, the king made a great throne of aa  ivory and overlaid it with refined gold. 19There were six steps to the throne and a round top to the throne at its rear, and
Lit hands
Lit on this side and on this at the place of the seat
on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the
Lit hands
20Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom. 21All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None was of silver; it was not considered
Lit anything
valuable in the days of Solomon.
22For af  the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.

23 ag  So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. 24All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon ah  to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart. 25 ai  They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.

26 aj  Now Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen; and he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he
So with ancient versions; Heb led
stationed them in the al  chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.
27 am  The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the
Heb Shephelah
28 ao  Also Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s merchants procured them from Kue for a price. 29A chariot
Lit came up and went out from
was imported from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150; and
Lit in like manner by their hand
by the same means they exported them ar  to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of the Arameans.
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