The king had a fleet of trading shipsa manned by Hiram'sb men. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.
King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.123
All the kings2 of the earth sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift3--articles of silver and gold, and robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots,4 and twelve thousand horses,c which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
He ruled5 over all the kings from the Riverd6 to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.727
The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
Solomon's horses were imported from Egypte and from all other countries.
As for the other events of Solomon's reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of Nathan8 the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah9 the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam10 son of Nebat?
Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
Then he rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David11 his father. And Rehoboam his son succeeded him as king.