The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants,
&c.] This Sheba was the son of Raamah, ( Genesis 10:7 ) who settled in Arabia Felix; where, according to Ptolemy F24, is a city called Rhegma; and so Raamah is pronounced in the Septuagint version of ( Genesis 10:7 ) : they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices;
as with myrrh and frankincense, with which they abounded: Pliny F25 says that the Arabians paid annually to the kings of Persia a thousand talents of frankincense; and that the Sabaeans F26 boiled their food, some with wood of frankincense, and others with wood of myrrh: and with all precious stones, and gold;
as jaspers, emeralds, carbuncles, and others, which Pliny F1 says are found in Arabia; and mention is made of the gold of Sheba, ( Psalms 72:15 ) and Bochart thinks that Ophir, from whence the famous gold of that name was fetched, was in Arabia Felix; and it may be observed, that the queen of Sheba gave great quantities of gold, of spices, and of precious stones, to Solomon; and that he had much of these kinds yearly from the spice merchants, and kings of Arabia, ( 1 Kings 10:10 1 Kings 10:14 1 Kings 10:15 ) , (See Gill on Isaiah 60:6).
F24 Geograph. l. 6. c. 7.
F25 Nat. Hist. l. 12. c. 17.
F26 "----Solis est thurea virga Sabaeis". Virgil. Georgic. l. 2.
F1 Nat. Hist. l. 37.