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1 Kings 10 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Queen of Sheba

(2Ch 9:1–28 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:1 - Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:2 - She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:3 - And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:4 - And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:5 - the 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:6 - And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:7 - but 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:8 - Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:9 - Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:10 - Then she gave the king 120 talents[fn] of 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:11 - Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug wood and precious stones.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:12 - And 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:13 - And 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.

Solomon’s Great Wealth

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:14 - Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:15 - besides 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:16 - King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold; 600 shekels[fn] of gold went into each shield.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:17 - And he made 300 shields of beaten gold; three minas[fn] of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:18 - The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with the finest gold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:19 - The throne had six steps, and the throne had a round top,[fn] and on each side of the seat were armrests and two lions standing beside the armrests,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:20 - while 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:21 - 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 were of silver; silver was not considered as anything in the days of Solomon.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:22 - For the king had a 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.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:23 - Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:24 - And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:25 - Every one of them brought his present, articles of silver and gold, garments, myrrh,[fn] spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:26 - And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:27 - And the king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he made cedar as plentiful as the sycamore of the Shephelah.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:28 - And Solomon’s import of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s traders received them from Kue at a price.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 10:29 - A chariot could be imported from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver and a horse for 150, and so through the king’s traders they were exported to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Syria.
ESV Footnotes
A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms
A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
A mina was about 1 1/4 pounds or 0.6 kilogram
Or and at the back of the throne was a calf’s head
Or baboons
Or armor

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