When the queen of Sheba realized how wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built,
she was breathless. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings Solomon made at the Temple of the LORD.
She exclaimed to the king, "Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true!
I didn't believe it until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. Truly I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom is far greater than what I was told.
How happy these people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!
The LORD your God is great indeed! He delights in you and has placed you on the throne to rule for him. Because God loves Israel so much and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness."
Then she gave the king a gift of nine thousand pounds a of gold, and great quantities of spices and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine as those the queen of Sheba gave to Solomon.
(When the crews of Hiram and Solomon brought gold from Ophir, they also brought rich cargoes of almug wood b and precious jewels.
The king used the almug wood to make steps c for the Temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and to construct harps and lyres for the musicians. Never before had there been such beautiful instruments in Judah.)
King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba whatever she asked for -- gifts of greater value than the gifts she had given him. Then she and all her attendants left and returned to their own land.
Each year Solomon received about 25 tons d of gold.
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)