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1 Kings 10:1-8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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!