Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom.
All King Solomon's goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold.1 Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon's days.
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The king had a fleet of trading ships2 at sea along with the ships3 of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.
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King Solomon was greater in riches4 and wisdom5 than all the other kings of the earth.
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The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom6 God had put in his heart.
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Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift7--articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
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Solomon accumulated chariots and horses;8 he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
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The king made silver as common9 in Jerusalem as stones,10 and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig11 trees in the foothills.
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Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue--the royal merchants purchased them from Kue.
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They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites12 and of the Arameans.
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