11Now when the 2queen of 3Shebaheard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came4to test him with difficultquestions.
So she came to Jerusalem with a verylargeretinue, with camels5carryingspices and verymuchgold and preciousstones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
3Solomonaansweredall her questions ; nothing was hidden from the kingwhich he did not bexplain to her.
When the queen of Shebaperceivedall the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and chis stairway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was nomorespirit in her.
Then she said to the king, "It was a truereportwhich I heard in my own landabout your words and your wisdom.
"Nevertheless I did not believe the dreports, until I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the reportwhich I heard.
"How 6blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who standbefore you continually and hear your wisdom.
"7Blessed be the LORD your Godwhodelighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel ; 8because the LORDlovedIsraelforever, therefore He made you king, 9to dojustice and righteousness."
1010She gave the king a hundred and twentytalents of gold, and a verygreat amount of spices and preciousstones. Neveragain did suchabundance of spicescome in as that which the queen of ShebagaveKingSolomon.
1111Also the ships of Hiram, whichbroughtgold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir a verygreat number of almugtrees and preciousstones.
1212The kingmade of the almugtreessupports for the house of the LORD and for the king'shouse, also lyres and harps for the singers ; suchalmugtrees have not come in again nor have they been seen to thisday.
13KingSolomongave to the queen of Shebaall her desirewhich she requested, besideswhat he gave her according to ehis royalbounty. Then she turned and went to her own landftogether with her servants.
1413Now the weight of goldwhichcame in to Solomon in oneyear was 666talents of gold,
15besides that from the traders and the gwares of the merchants and all the kings of the 14Arabs and the governors of the country.
1615KingSolomonmade200largeshields of beatengold, husing600 shekels of gold on eachlargeshield.
He made 16300shields of beaten gold, iusingthreeminas of gold on eachshield, and 17 the kingput them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
Moreover, the kingmade a greatthrone of 18ivory and overlaid it with refinedgold.
There were sixsteps to the throne and a roundtop to the throne at its rear, and jarmskon eachside of the seat , and twolionsstandingbeside the larms.
20Twelvelions were standingthere on the sixsteps on the oneside and on the other ; nothinglike it was made for any other kingdom.
21AllKingSolomon'sdrinkingvessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of puregold. None was of silver ; it was not consideredmvaluable in the days of Solomon.
For 19the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram ; once every threeyears the ships of Tarshishcamebringinggold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.
2320So KingSolomonbecamegreaterthanall the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.
24All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, 21to hear his wisdomwhichGod had put in his heart.
2522They broughteveryman his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, somuchyear by year.
2623Now Solomongatheredchariots and horsemen ; and he had1,400chariots and 12,000horsemen, and he nstationed them in the 24chariotcities and with the king in Jerusalem.
2725The kingmadesilver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he madecedars as plentiful as sycamoretrees that are in the olowland.
2826Also Solomon'simport of horses was from Egypt and Kue, and the king'smerchantsprocured them from Kue for a price.
A chariotpwas imported from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver, and a horse for 150 ; and qby the samemeans they exported them 27to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of the Arameans.