Then the king made a huge ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold.
The throne had six steps and a rounded back. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with the figure of a lion standing on each side of the throne.
Solomon made twelve other lion figures, one standing on each end of each of the six steps. No other throne in all the world could be compared with it!
All of King Solomon's drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver because silver was considered of little value in Solomon's day!
The king had a fleet of trading ships a that sailed with Hiram's fleet. Once every three years the ships returned, loaded down with gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. b23
So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king in all the earth.
People from every nation came to visit him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.
Year after year, everyone who came to visit brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
Solomon built up a huge force of chariots and horses. He had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses. c He stationed many of them in the chariot cities, and some near him in Jerusalem.
The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones. And valuable cedarwood was as common as the sycamore wood that grows in the foothills of Judah. d28
Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt e and from Ciliciaf; the king's traders acquired them from Cilicia at the standard price.
At that time, Egyptian chariots delivered to Jerusalem could be purchased for 600 pieces of silver, g and horses could be bought for 150 pieces of silver. h Many of these were then resold to the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)