The Queen of Sheba
1 aNow when the aqueen° of bSheba° heard° about the fame° of Solomon° concerning the name° of the LORD°, she came° cto test° him with difficult° questions°. 2 So she came° to Jerusalem° with a very° large° retinue°, with camels° acarrying° spices° and very° much° gold° and precious° stones°. When she came° to Solomon°, she spoke° with him about all° that was in her heart°. 3 Solomon° Ianswered° all° her questions°; nothing°° was hidden° from the king° which° he did not IIexplain° to her. 4 When the queen° of Sheba° perceived° all° the wisdom° of Solomon°, the house° that he had built°, 5 the food° of his table°, the seating° of his servants°, the attendance° of his waiters° and their attire°, his cupbearers°, and Ihis stairway° by which° he went° up to the house° of the LORD°, there was no° more° spirit° in her. 6 Then she said° to the king°, “It was a true° report° which° I heard° in my own land° about° your words° and your wisdom°. 7 Nevertheless I did not believe° the Ireports°, 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 ablessed° are your men°, how blessed° are these° your servants° who stand° before° you continually° [and] hear° your wisdom°. 9 aBlessed° be the LORD° your God° who° delighted° in you to set° you on the throne° of Israel°; bbecause the LORD° loved° Israel° forever°, therefore He made° you king°, cto do° justice° and righteousness°.” 10 aShe 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°.
 a2Ch 9:1; Mt 12:42; Lk 11:31 bGn 10:7, 28; Ps 72:10, 15 cJg 14:12-14; Ps 49:4
 a1K 10:10
 ILit told her all her words IILit tell her
 IOr his burnt offering which he offered
 ILit words
 aPv 8:34
 a1K 5:7 b1Ch 17:22; 2Ch 2:11 c2S 8:15; 23:3; Ps 72:2
 a1K 10:2
11 ¶ aAlso° the ships° of Hiram°, which° brought° gold° from Ophir°, brought° in from Ophir° a very° great° [number of] almug° trees° and precious° stones°. 12 aThe 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°.
13 ¶ King° Solomon° gave° to the queen° of Sheba° all° her desire° which° she requested°, besides°° what° he gave° her according to Ihis royal° bounty°. Then she turned° and went° to her own land° IItogether with her servants°.
Wealth, Splendor and Wisdom
14 ¶ aNow the weight° of gold° which° came° in to Solomon° in one° year° was 666°°°° talents° of gold°, 15 besides°° [that] from the traders°° and the Iwares° of the merchants° and all° the kings° of the aArabs° and the governors° of the country°. 16 aKing° Solomon° made° 200° large° shields° of beaten° gold°, Iusing° 600°° [shekels of] gold° on each° large° shield°. 17 [He made] a300°° shields° of beaten° gold°, Iusing° three° minas° of gold° on each° shield°, and bthe king° put° them in the house° of the forest° of Lebanon°. 18 Moreover, the king° made° a great° throne° of aivory° and overlaid° it with refined° gold°. 19 [There were] six° steps° to the throne° and a round° top° to the throne° at its rear°, and Iarms° IIon each° side° of the seat°°, and two° lions° standing° beside° the Iarms°. 20 Twelve°° 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°. 21 All° 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° Ivaluable° in the days° of Solomon°. 22 For athe 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°.
 a2Ch 9:13-28
 IOr traffic a2Ch 9:14
 ILit he brought up a1K 14:26-28; 2Ch 12:9, 10
 ILit he brought up a1K 14:26 b1K 7:2
 a1K 10:22; 2Ch 9:17; Ps 45:8
 ILit hands IILit on this side and on this at the place of the seat
 ILit anything
 a1K 9:26-28; 22:48; 2Ch 20:36
23 ¶ aSo King° Solomon° became° greater° than° all° the kings° of the earth° in riches° and in wisdom°. 24 All° the earth° was seeking° the presence° of Solomon°, ato hear° his wisdom° which° God° had put° in his heart°. 25 aThey brought° every° man° his gift°, articles° of silver° and gold°, garments°, weapons°, spices°, horses°, and mules°, so° much° year° by year°.
26 ¶ aNow Solomon° gathered° chariots° and horsemen°; and he had° 1,400°°° chariots° and 12,000°°° horsemen°, and he Istationed° them in the bchariot° cities° and with the king° in Jerusalem°. 27 aThe king° made° silver° [as common] as stones° in Jerusalem°, and he made° cedars° as plentiful° as sycamore° trees° that are in the Ilowland°. 28 aAlso Solomon’s° import° of horses° was from Egypt° and Kue°, [and] the king’s° merchants° procured° [them] from Kue° for a price°. 29 A chariot° Iwas imported°° from Egypt° for 600°° [shekels] of silver°, and a horse° for 150°°; and IIby the same° means°° they exported° them ato all° the kings° of the Hittites° and to the kings° of the Arameans°.
 ISo with ancient versions; Heb led a1K 4:26; 2Ch 1:14-17; 9:25 b1K 9:19
 IHeb Shephelah aDt 17:17; 2Ch 1:15
 aDt 17:16; 2Ch 1:16; 9:28
 ILit came up and went out from IILit in like manner by their hand a2K 7:6, 7
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The queen of Sheba admireth the wisdom of Solomon.
1 ¶ And when the queenº of Shebaº heardºª of² the fameº of Solomonº concerning the nameº of the LORD,º she cameºª to proveºª him with hard questions.º 2 And she cameºª to Jerusalemº with a veryº greatº train,º with camelsº that bareºª spices,º and veryº muchº gold,º and preciousº stones:º and when she was comeºª to² Solomon,º she communedºª with² him of² all² that² was² in² her heart.º 3 And Solomonº toldºª her² all² her questions:º there was² not² [any] thingº hidºª from² the king,º which² he toldºª her not.² 4 And when the queenº of Shebaº had seenºª² all² Solomon'sº wisdom,º and the houseº that² he had built,ºª 5 And the meatº of his table,º and the sittingº of his servants,º and the attendanceº of his ministers,ºª and their apparel,º and his cupbearers,¹ª² and his ascentº by which² he went upºª unto the houseº of the LORD;º there was² no² more² spiritº in her. 6 And she saidºª to² the king,º It was² a trueº reportº that² I heardºª in mine own landº of² thy actsº and of² thy wisdom.º 7 Howbeit I believedºª not² the words,º until²² I came,ºª and mine eyesº had seenºª [it]: and, behold,² the halfº was not² toldºª me: thy wisdomº and prosperityº exceedethºª² the fameº which² I heard.ºª 8 Happyº [are] thy men,¹² happyº [are] these² thy servants,º which standºª continuallyº beforeº thee, [and] that hearºª² thy wisdom.º 9 Blessedºª be² the LORDº thy God,º which² delightedºª in thee, to setºª thee on² the throneº of Israel:º because the LORDº loved¹²² Israelº for ever,º therefore madeºª he thee king,º to doºª judgmentº and justice.º 10 And she gaveºª the kingº an hundredº and twentyº talentsº of gold,º and of spicesº veryº great store,ºª and preciousº stones:º there cameºª no² more² suchº abundanceº of spicesº as these which² the queenº of Shebaº gaveºª to kingº Solomon.º 11 And the navyº also² of Hiram,º that² broughtºª goldº from Ophir,º² brought inºª from Ophirº² greatº plentyºª of almugº trees,º and preciousº stones.º 12 And the kingº madeºª of² the almugº treesº pillarsº for the houseº of the LORD,º and for the king'sº house,º harpsº also and psalteriesº for singers:ºª there cameºª no² such² almugº trees,º nor² were seenºª unto² this² day.º 13 And kingº Solomonº gaveºª unto the queenº of Shebaº² all² her desire,º whatsoever² she asked,ºª beside²² [that] which² Solomonº gaveºª her of his royal¹ bounty.º² So she turnedºª and went¹ª² to her own country,º she² and her servants.º
 Gn 10:7, 28; 25:3; Jg 14:12; 1K 4:31, 34; 2Ch 9:1; Jb 6:19; 28:28; Ps 49:4; 72:10, 15; Pv 1:5; 2:3; Is 60:6; Jr 6:20; Ezk 27:22; 38:13; Mt 12:42; 13:11, 35; Mk 4:34; Lk 11:31; Jn 17:3; 1Co 1:20.
 Gn 18:33; Ex 25:6; 2K 5:5, 9; 20:13; Jb 4:2; Ps 4:4; Is 60:6; Lk 24:15; Ac 25:23.
 2S 14:17, 20; 1K 3:12; 10:1; 2Ch 9:2; Pv 1:5; 13:20; Is 42:16; Dn 2:20; Mt 13:11; Jn 7:17; 1Co 1:30; Col 2:3; He 4:12.
 1K 3:28; 4:29; 6:1; 2Ch 9:3; Ec 12:9; Mt 12:42.
 Jsh 5:1; 1K 4:22; 2K 16:18; 1Ch 9:18; 26:16; 2Ch 9:4; 23:13; Ezk 44:3; 46:2.
 2Ch 9:5.
 Is 64:4; Zc 9:17; Mk 16:11; Jn 20:25; 1Co 2:9; 1Jn 3:2.
 2Ch 9:7; Pv 3:13; 8:34; 10:21; 13:20; Lk 10:39; 11:28, 31.
 Dt 7:8; 2S 8:15; 23:3; 1K 5:7; 1Ch 17:22; 2Ch 2:11; Ps 18:19; 22:8; 72:2, 17; Pv 8:15; Is 9:7; 11:4; 32:1; 42:1; 62:4; Jr 23:5; Ro 13:3.
 Gn 43:11; Ex 30:34; 1K 9:14; 10:2; Ps 72:10, 15; Pv 3:13; 20:15; Mt 2:11; Rv 21:11.
 1K 9:27; 2Ch 2:8; 8:18; 9:10; Ps 45:9.
 1Ch 23:5; 25:1; Ps 92:1; 150:3; Rv 14:2.
 1K 9:1; 10:2; Ps 20:4; 37:4; Mt 15:28; Jn 14:13; Ep 3:20.
14 ¶ Now the weightº of goldº that² cameºª to Solomonº in oneº yearº was² sixº hundredº threescoreº and sixº talentsº of gold,º 15 Beside² [that he had] of the merchantmen,º¹ª²² and of the traffickº of the spice merchants,ºª and of all² the kingsº of Arabia,¹² and of the governorsº of the country.º
16 ¶ And kingº Solomonº madeºª two hundredº targetsº [of] beatenºª gold:º sixº hundredº [shekels] of goldº wentºª to² oneº target.º 17 And [he made] threeº hundredº shieldsº [of] beatenºª gold;º threeº poundº of goldº wentºª to² oneº shield:º and the kingº putºª them in the houseº of the forestº of Lebanon.º
The throne of ivory.
18 ¶ Moreover the kingº madeºª a greatº throneº of ivory,º and overlaidºª it with the bestºª gold.º 19 The throneº had sixº steps,º and the topº of the throneº [was] roundº behind:º² and [there were] staysº on either sideºº on² the placeº of the seat,ºª and twoº lionsº stoodºª besideº the stays.º 20 And twelveºº lionsº stoodºª there² on² the one side²² and on the other²² upon the sixº steps:º there was not² the likeº madeºª in any² kingdom.º
 1K 10:22; 22:39; 2Ch 9:17; Ps 45:6, 8; 110:1; 122:5; Ezk 27:6; Am 6:4; He 1:3, 8; Rv 18:12; 20:11.
 1K 10:19.
 Gn 49:9; Nu 23:24; 24:9; Rv 5:5.
21 ¶ And all² kingº Solomon'sº drinkingº vesselsº [were of] gold,º and all² the vesselsº of the houseº of the forestº of Lebanonº [were of] pureºª gold;º none² [were of] silver:º it was nothingº² accountedºª of in the daysº of Solomon.º 22 For² the kingº had at seaº a navyº of Tharshishº with² the navyº of Hiram:º onceº in threeº yearsº cameºª the navyº of Tharshish,º bringingºª gold,º and silver,º ivory,º and apes,º and peacocks.º 23 So kingº Solomonº exceeded¹ª all²²² the kingsº of the earthº for richesº and for wisdom.º
 1K 7:2; 10:17; 2Ch 9:20.
 Gn 10:4; 1K 10:18; 22:48; 2Ch 9:21; 20:36; Jb 39:13; Ps 48:7; 72:10; Is 2:16; 23:1, 6, 10; 60:9; 66:19; Ezk 27:12; Am 3:15; Jna 1:3.
 1K 3:12; 4:29; 2Ch 9:22; Ps 89:27; Ep 3:8; Col 1:18; 2:2.
24 ¶ And all² the earthº soughtºª² toº Solomon,º to hearºª² his wisdom,º which² Godº had putºª in his heart.º 25 And they² broughtºª every manº his present,º vesselsº of silver,º and vesselsº of gold,º and garments,º and armour,º and spices,º horses,º and mules,º a rateº yearº by year.º
 1K 3:9, 12, 28; Pv 2:6; Dn 1:17; 2:21, 23; 5:11; Jm 1:5.
 Gn 36:24; Jg 3:15; 1S 10:27; 2S 8:2, 10; 1K 1:33; 10:10; 18:5; 2K 17:4; 2Ch 9:24; 26:8; Ezr 2:66; Es 8:10, 14; Jb 42:11; Ps 72:10, 15; Is 36:16; 66:20; Ezk 27:14; Mt 2:11.
His chariots and horse.
26 ¶ And Solomonº gathered togetherºª chariotsº and horsemen:º and he had² a thousandº and fourº hundredº chariots,º and twelveºº thousandº horsemen,º whom he bestowedºª in the citiesº for chariots,º and with² the kingº at Jerusalem.º 27 And the kingº madeºª² silverº [to be] in Jerusalemº as stones,º and cedarsº madeºª he [to be] as the sycomore treesº that² [are] in the vale,º for abundance.º
28 ¶ And Solomonº had horsesº broughtº out of Egypt,º² and linen yarn:º² the king'sº merchantsºª receivedºª the linen yarnº² at a price.º 29 And a chariotº came upºª and went outºª of Egyptº² for sixº hundredº [shekels] of silver,º and an horseº for an hundredº and fifty:º and so² for all² the kingsº of the Hittites,º and for the kingsº of Syria,º did they bring [them] outºª by their means.º
 Gn 41:42; Dt 17:16; 2Ch 1:16; 9:28; Pv 7:16; Is 19:9; 31:1; 36:9; Ezk 27:7.
 Jsh 1:4; 2K 7:6; Ho 12:10; Mal 1:1.
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