The king built a massive throne of ivory accented with a veneer of gold.
The throne had six steps leading up to it, its back shaped like an arch. The armrests on each side were flanked by lions.
Lions, twelve of them, were placed at either end of the six steps. There was no throne like it in any of the surrounding kingdoms.
King Solomon's chalices and tankards were made of gold and all the dinnerware and serving utensils in the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold - nothing was made of silver; silver was considered common and cheap.
The king had a fleet of ocean-going ships at sea with Hiram's ships. Every three years the fleet would bring in a cargo of gold, silver, and ivory, and apes and peacocks.
King Solomon was wiser and richer than all the kings of the earth - he surpassed them all.
People came from all over the world to be with Solomon and drink in the wisdom God had given him.
And everyone who came brought gifts - artifacts of gold and silver, fashionable robes and gowns, the latest in weapons, exotic spices, and horses and mules - parades of visitors, year after year.
Solomon collected chariots and horses: fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses! He stabled them in the special chariot cities as well as in Jerusalem.
The king made silver as common as rocks and cedar as common as the fig trees in the lowland hills.
His horses were brought in from Egypt and Cilicia, specially acquired by the king's agents.
Chariots from Egypt went for fifteen pounds of silver and a horse for about three and three-quarter pounds of silver. Solomon carried on a brisk horse-trading business with the Hittite and Aramean royal houses.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)