The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom1 God had put in his heart.
Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift2--articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
Solomon accumulated chariots and horses;3 he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,a which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
The king made silver as common4 in Jerusalem as stones,5 and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig6 trees in the foothills.
Solomon's horses were imported from Egyptb and from Kuec--the royal merchants purchased them from Kue.
They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekelsd of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.e They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites7 and of the Arameans.