1 Kings 10:11

11 The ships of Hiram also imported gold from Ophir along with tremendous loads of fragrant sandalwood and expensive gems.

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 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."
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.
11 The ships of Hiram also imported gold from Ophir along with tremendous loads of fragrant sandalwood and expensive gems.
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.
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.