The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon's fame connected with the name of the Lord and came to test him with difficult questions.
She came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels bearing spices, gold in great abundance, and precious stones. She came to Solomon and spoke to him about everything that was on her mind.
So Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too difficult for the king to explain to her.
When the queen of Sheba observed all of Solomon's wisdom, the palace he had built,
the food at his table, his servants' residence, his attendants' service and their attire, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he offered at the Lord's temple, it took her breath away.
She said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your words and about your wisdom is true.
But I didn't believe the reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, I was not even told half. Your wisdom and prosperity far exceed the report I heard.
How happy are your men.a How happy are these servants of yours, who always stand in your presence hearing your wisdom.
May the Lord your God be praised! He delighted in you and put you on the throne of Israel, because of the Lord's eternal love for Israel. He has made you king to carry out justice and righteousness."
Then she gave the king four and a half tonsb of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never again did such a quantity of spices arrive as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
In addition, Hiram's fleet that carried gold from Ophir brought from Ophir a large quantity of almugc wood and precious stones.
The king made the almug wood into steps for the Lord's temple and the king's palace and into harps and lyres for the singers. Never [before] had such almug wood come, and [the like] has not been seen [again] even to this very day.
King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba her every desire-whatever she asked-besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she, along with her servants, returned to her own country.d
The weight of gold that came to Solomon annually was 25 tons,e15
besides what came from merchants, traders' merchandise, and all the Arabian kings and governors of the land.
King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold; 15 poundsf of gold went into each shield.
He made 300 small shieldsg of hammered gold; about four poundsh of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.i