1 When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, which brought honor to the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
2 She arrived in Jerusalem with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind.
3 Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.
4 When the queen of Sheba realized how very wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built,
5 she was overwhelmed. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers, and the burnt offerings Solomon made at the Temple of the LORD .
6 She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true!
7 I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom and prosperity are far beyond what I was told.
8 How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!