Bible: 2 Chron 8:1-9:28
Building Projects and Commercial Efforts
8:1 After twenty years, during which Solomon built the
8:7 Now several non-Israelite peoples were left in the land after the conquest of Joshua, including the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 7 8:8 Their descendants remained in the land (the Israelites were unable to wipe them out). Solomon conscripted them for his work crews and they continue in that role to this very day. 8 8:9 Solomon did not assign Israelites to these work crews; 9 the Israelites served as his soldiers, officers, charioteers, and commanders of his chariot forces. 10 8:10 These men worked for Solomon as supervisors; there were a total of 250 of them who were in charge of the people. 11
8:11 Solomon moved Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David 12 to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of King David of Israel, for the places where the ark of the
8:12 Then Solomon offered burnt sacrifices to the
8:16 All the work ordered by Solomon was completed, from the day the foundation of the
8:17 Then Solomon went to Ezion Geber and to Elat on the coast in the land of Edom. 8:18 Huram sent him ships and some of his sailors, men who were well acquainted with the sea. They sailed with Solomon’s men to Ophir, 20 and took from there 450 talents 21 of gold, which they brought back to King Solomon.
Solomon Entertains a Queen
9:1 When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 22 she came to challenge 23 him 24 with difficult questions. 25 She arrived in Jerusalem 26 with a great display of pomp, 27 bringing with her camels carrying spices, 28 a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind. 9:2 Solomon answered all her questions; there was no question too complex for the king. 29 9:3 When the queen of Sheba saw for herself Solomon’s extensive wisdom, 30 the palace 31 he had built, 9:4 the food in his banquet hall, 32 his servants and attendants 33 in their robes, his cupbearers in their robes, and his burnt sacrifices which he presented in the
9:13 Solomon received 666 talents 53 of gold per year, 54 9:14 besides what he collected from the merchants 55 and traders. All the Arabian kings and the governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon. 9:15 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; 600 measures 56 of hammered gold were used for each shield. 9:16 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold; 300 measures 57 of gold were used for each of those shields. The king placed them in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest. 58
9:17 The king made a large throne decorated with ivory and overlaid it with pure gold. 9:18 There were six steps leading up to the throne, and a gold footstool was attached to the throne. 59 The throne had two armrests with a statue of a lion standing on each side. 60 9:19 There were twelve statues of lions on the six steps, one lion at each end of each step. There was nothing like it in any other kingdom. 61
9:20 All of King Solomon’s cups were made of gold, and all the household items in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest were made of pure gold. There were no silver items, for silver was not considered very valuable in Solomon’s time. 62 9:21 The king had a fleet of large merchant ships 63 manned by Huram’s men 64 that sailed the sea. Once every three years the fleet 65 came into port with cargoes of 66 gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 67
9:22 King Solomon was wealthier and wiser than any of the kings of the earth. 68 9:23 All the kings of the earth wanted to visit Solomon to see him display his God-given wisdom. 69 9:24 Year after year visitors brought their gifts, which included items of silver, items of gold, clothes, perfume, spices, horses, and mules. 70
9:25 Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses 71 and 12,000 horses. He kept them in assigned cities and in Jerusalem. 72 9:26 He ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 73 to the land of the Philistines as far as the border of Egypt. 9:27 The king made silver as plentiful 74 in Jerusalem as stones; cedar was 75 as plentiful as sycamore fig trees are in the lowlands 76 . 9:28 Solomon acquired horses from Egypt and from all the lands.