Bible: 2 Chronicles 9

Solomon Entertains a Queen

9:1 When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 1  she came to challenge 2  him 3  with difficult questions. 4  She arrived in Jerusalem 5  with a great display of pomp, 6  bringing with her camels carrying spices, 7  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. 8  9:3 When the queen of Sheba saw for herself Solomon’s extensive wisdom, 9  the palace 10  he had built, 9:4 the food in his banquet hall, 11  his servants and attendants 12  in their robes, his cupbearers in their robes, and his burnt sacrifices which he presented in the Lord’s temple, 13  she was amazed. 14  9:5 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your wise sayings and insight 15  was true! 9:6 I did not believe these things until I came and saw them with my own eyes. Indeed, I didn’t hear even half the story! 16  Your wisdom surpasses what was reported to me. 9:7 Your attendants, who stand before you at all times and hear your wise sayings, are truly happy! 17  9:8 May the Lord your God be praised because he favored 18  you by placing you on his throne as the one ruling on his behalf! 19  Because of your God’s love for Israel and his lasting commitment to them, 20  he made you king over them so you could make just and right decisions.” 21  9:9 She gave the king 120 talents 22  of gold and a very large quantity of spices and precious gems. The quantity of spices the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon has never been matched. 23  9:10 (Huram’s 24  servants, aided by Solomon’s servants, brought gold from Ophir, as well as 25  fine 26  timber and precious gems. 9:11 With the timber the king made steps 27  for the Lord’s temple and royal palace as well as stringed instruments 28  for the musicians. No one had seen anything like them in the land of Judah prior to that. 29 ) 9:12 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything she requested, more than what she had brought him. 30  Then she left and returned 31  to her homeland with her attendants.

Solomon’s Wealth

9:13 Solomon received 666 talents 32  of gold per year, 33  9:14 besides what he collected from the merchants 34  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 35  of hammered gold were used for each shield. 9:16 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold; 300 measures 36  of gold were used for each of those shields. The king placed them in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest. 37 

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. 38  The throne had two armrests with a statue of a lion standing on each side. 39  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. 40 

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. 41  9:21 The king had a fleet of large merchant ships 42  manned by Huram’s men 43  that sailed the sea. Once every three years the fleet 44  came into port with cargoes of 45  gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 46 

9:22 King Solomon was wealthier and wiser than any of the kings of the earth. 47  9:23 All the kings of the earth wanted to visit Solomon to see him display his God-given wisdom. 48  9:24 Year after year visitors brought their gifts, which included items of silver, items of gold, clothes, perfume, spices, horses, and mules. 49 

9:25 Solomon had 4,000 stalls for his chariot horses 50  and 12,000 horses. He kept them in assigned cities and in Jerusalem. 51  9:26 He ruled all the kingdoms from the Euphrates River 52  to the land of the Philistines as far as the border of Egypt. 9:27 The king made silver as plentiful 53  in Jerusalem as stones; cedar was 54  as plentiful as sycamore fig trees are in the lowlands 55 . 9:28 Solomon acquired horses from Egypt and from all the lands.

Solomon’s Reign Ends

9:29 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, from start to finish, are recorded 56  in the Annals of Nathan the Prophet, the Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and the Vision of Iddo the Seer pertaining to Jeroboam son of Nebat. 9:30 Solomon ruled over all Israel from Jerusalem 57  for forty years. 9:31 Then Solomon passed away 58  and was buried in the city of his father David. His son Rehoboam replaced him as king.

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