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1 The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon and his connection with the Name of God. She came to put his reputation to the test by asking tough questions. 1 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
2 She made a grand and showy entrance into Jerusalem - camels loaded with spices, a huge amount of gold, and precious gems. She came to Solomon and talked about all the things that she cared about, emptying her heart to him. 2 Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan--with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones--she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind.
3 Solomon answered everything she put to him - nothing stumped him. 3 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.
4 When the queen of Sheba experienced for herself Solomon's wisdom and saw with her own eyes the palace he had built, 4 When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built,
5 the meals that were served, the impressive array of court officials and sharply dressed waiters, the lavish crystal, and the elaborate worship extravagant with Whole-Burnt-Offerings at the steps leading up to The Temple of God, it took her breath away. 5 the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed.
6 She said to the king, "It's all true! Your reputation for accomplishment and wisdom that reached all the way to my country is confirmed. 6 She said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.
7 I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself; they didn't exaggerate! Such wisdom and elegance - far more than I could ever have imagined. 7 But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.
8 Lucky the men and women who work for you, getting to be around you every day and hear your wise words firsthand! 8 How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!
9 And blessed be God, your God, who took such a liking to you and made you king. Clearly, God's love for Israel is behind this, making you king to keep a just order and nurture a God-pleasing people." 9 Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD's eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness."
10 She then gave the king four and a half tons of gold, and also sack after sack of spices and expensive gems. There hasn't been a cargo of spices like that since that shipload the queen of Sheba brought to King Solomon. 10 And she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
11 The ships of Hiram also imported gold from Ophir along with tremendous loads of fragrant sandalwood and expensive gems. 11 (Hiram's ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood and precious stones.
12 The king used the sandalwood for fine cabinetry in The Temple of God and the palace complex, and for making harps and dulcimers for the musicians. Nothing like that shipment of sandalwood has been seen since. 12 The king used the almugwood to make supports for the temple of the LORD and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)
13 King Solomon for his part gave the queen of Sheba all her heart's desire - everything she asked for, on top of what he had already so generously given her. Satisfied, she returned home with her train of servants. 13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.
14 Solomon received twenty-five tons of gold in tribute annually. 14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,
15 This was above and beyond the taxes and profit on trade with merchants and assorted kings and governors. 15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the land.
16 King Solomon crafted two hundred body-length shields of hammered gold - seven and a half pounds of gold to each shield 16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred bekas of gold went into each shield.
17 - and three hundred smaller shields about half that size. He stored the shields in the House of the Forest of Lebanon. 17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minas of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
18 The king built a massive throne of ivory accented with a veneer of gold. 18 Then the king made a great throne inlaid with ivory and overlaid with fine gold.
19 The throne had six steps leading up to it, its back shaped like an arch. The armrests on each side were flanked by lions. 19 The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them.
20 Lions, twelve of them, were placed at either end of the six steps. There was no throne like it in any of the surrounding kingdoms. 20 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom.
21 King Solomon's chalices and tankards were made of gold and all the dinnerware and serving utensils in the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold - nothing was made of silver; silver was considered common and cheap. 21 All King Solomon's goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon's days.
22 The king had a fleet of ocean-going ships at sea with Hiram's ships. Every three years the fleet would bring in a cargo of gold, silver, and ivory, and apes and peacocks. 22 The king had a fleet of trading ships at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.
23 King Solomon was wiser and richer than all the kings of the earth - he surpassed them all. 23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.
24 People came from all over the world to be with Solomon and drink in the wisdom God had given him. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
25 And everyone who came brought gifts - artifacts of gold and silver, fashionable robes and gowns, the latest in weapons, exotic spices, and horses and mules - parades of visitors, year after year. 25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift--articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.
26 Solomon collected chariots and horses: fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses! He stabled them in the special chariot cities as well as in Jerusalem. 26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses, which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
27 The king made silver as common as rocks and cedar as common as the fig trees in the lowland hills. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
28 His horses were brought in from Egypt and Cilicia, specially acquired by the king's agents. 28 Solomon's horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue--the royal merchants purchased them from Kue.
29 Chariots from Egypt went for fifteen pounds of silver and a horse for about three and three-quarter pounds of silver. Solomon carried on a brisk horse-trading business with the Hittite and Aramean royal houses. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.