1 Kings 10:14-29

Solomon’s Splendor

14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,[a]
15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.
16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels[b] of gold went into each shield.
17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minas[c] of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.
18 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold.
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 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 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 trading ships[d] 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 greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.
24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
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 accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,[e] which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue[f] —the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.
29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.[g] They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

1 Kings 10:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
ESV
14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,
NLT
14 Each year Solomon received about 25 tons of gold.
MSG
14 Solomon received twenty-five tons of gold in tribute annually.
CSB
14 The weight of gold that came to Solomon annually was 25 tons,

1 Kings 10:14-29 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 10

This chapter contains an account of the queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon to her great satisfaction, 1Ki 10:1-13, of Solomon's merchandise and riches, and the magnificence of his court, 1Ki 10:14-23, of the rich presents sent to him, and of the purchase of chariots and horses, and other things, he made, 1Ki 10:24-29.

1 Kings 10:14-29 In-Context

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.
14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,
15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.
16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield.
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 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold.
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 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 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 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 greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.
24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.
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 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 in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.
28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue —the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.
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.

Cross References 15

  • 1. S 1 Kings 9:28
  • 2. S 2 Samuel 8:7; 1 Kings 14:26-28
  • 3. S 1 Kings 7:2
  • 4. Isaiah 60:17
  • 5. S 1 Kings 9:26
  • 6. 1 Kings 9:27; Psalms 48:7; Isaiah 2:16; Isaiah 23:1,14; Isaiah 60:6,9
  • 7. 1 Kings 3:13; Matthew 6:29
  • 8. S 1 Kings 3:12; Matthew 12:42; 1 Kings 4:30
  • 9. S 2 Samuel 14:20; 1Ki 3:9,12,28
  • 10. S 1 Samuel 10:27
  • 11. S Deuteronomy 17:16; 1 Kings 4:26; 1 Kings 9:19; 2 Chronicles 1:14; 2 Chronicles 9:25
  • 12. Deuteronomy 17:17
  • 13. Job 27:16; Isaiah 60:17
  • 14. 1 Chronicles 27:28; Amos 7:14
  • 15. S Numbers 13:29; 2 Kings 7:6-7

Footnotes 7

  • [a]. That is, about 25 tons or about 23 metric tons
  • [b]. That is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms; also in verse 29
  • [c]. That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms; or perhaps reference is to double minas, that is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms.
  • [d]. Hebrew "of ships of Tarshish"
  • [e]. Or "charioteers"
  • [f]. Probably "Cilicia"
  • [g]. That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms
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