1 Kings 10:11

11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood[a] and precious stones.

1 Kings 10:11 in Other Translations

11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.
11 Moreover, the fleet of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug wood and precious stones.
11 (In addition, Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir, and they also brought rich cargoes of red sandalwood and precious jewels.
11 The ships of Hiram also imported gold from Ophir along with tremendous loads of fragrant sandalwood and expensive gems.
11 In addition, Hiram's fleet that carried gold from Ophir brought from Ophir a large quantity of almug wood and precious stones.

1 Kings 10:11 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 10:11

And the navy also of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir
This perhaps was before Solomon was concerned with Hiram in navigation and merchandise; though in ( 2 Chronicles 9:10 ) both their servants are said to bring it; and it is here inserted perhaps to show that Solomon had not his gold, at least all of it, from the queen of Sheba; but much from Hiram, who fetched it from Ophir; and as this was in India, as observed on ( 1 Kings 9:28 ) , many writers make mention of gold in that part of the world, as Diodorus Siculus F23, Strabo F24, Dionysius F25, Curtius F26, Pliny F1, and others: and this navy also

brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees:
or algum trees, by transposition of letters, ( 2 Chronicles 9:10 2 Chronicles 9:11 ) , which some of the Jewish writers F2 take to be coral, which is not likely; others Brasil, rather ebony, which was peculiar to India, as both Solinus F3 and Virgil F4 say; Strabo F5 makes mention of strange trees in India:

and precious stones;
of which there is great variety and plenty in that country, as related by Dionysius F6, as diamonds, beryls, jaspers, topazes, and amethysts, and by Curtius F7, Solinus F8, and others.


F23 Bibliothec. l. 1. p. 121.
F24 Geograph l. 15. p. 481.
F25 Perieg. v. 1144.
F26 Hist. l. 8. sect. 9.
F1 Nat. Hist. 1. 6. c. 19, 20.
F2 Daved de Pomis, Lexic. fol. 70. 3.
F3 Polyhistor. c. 64.
F4 "Sola India nigrum fert ebenum." Georgie. l. 2. ver. 116, 117.
F5 Geograph. l. 15. p. 477.
F6 Perieget, ver. 1119
F7 Hist. l. 8. c. 9.
F8 Polyhistor. c. 65.

1 Kings 10:11 In-Context

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 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 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir; and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwood and precious stones.
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 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.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 10:29; 1 Kings 9:27-28

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Probably a variant of "algumwood" ; also in verse 12
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