But I did not believe1 these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth2 you have far exceeded the report I heard.
How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear3 your wisdom!
Praise4 be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD's eternal love5 for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice6 and righteousness."
And she gave the king 120 talentsa of gold,7 large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
(Hiram's ships brought gold from Ophir;8 and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwoodb and precious stones.
The king used the almugwood to make supports for the temple of the LORD and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)
King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.
The weight of the gold9 that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,c15
not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the land.
King Solomon made two hundred large shields10 of hammered gold; six hundred bekasd of gold went into each shield.
He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minase of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.11