When the queen of Sheba1 heard about the fame2 of Solomon and his relation to the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.32
Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan4--with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones--she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind.
Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.
When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built,
the food on his table,5 the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made ata the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed.
She said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.
But I did not believe6 these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth7 you have far exceeded the report I heard.
How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear8 your wisdom!
Praise9 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 love10 for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice11 and righteousness."
And she gave the king 120 talentsb of gold,12 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;13 and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwoodc 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 gold14 that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,d15
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 shields15 of hammered gold; six hundred bekase of gold went into each shield.
He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minasf of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.16