2 Chronicles 9
1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem
to test Solomon with difficult questions, having a very great retinue, camels that bore
spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she came to Solomon, she
spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
2 And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from Solomon, that
he could not explain it to her.
3 And when the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built,
4 the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their
apparel, his cupbearers and their apparel, and his chamber by which he went up to the
house of Jehovah, it took her breath away.
5 And she said to the king: The word was true which I have heard in my own land, about
your words and your wisdom.
6 However I did not believe their words until I had come and my eyes saw it; and behold,
the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the reports which I
7 Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before
you and hear your wisdom.
8 Blessed is Jehovah your God, who has delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be
king for Jehovah your God. In your God's love for Israel, to establish them forever, He has
made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.
9 And she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great
abundance, and precious stones; there had never been any spices such as those the queen
of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10 Also, the servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon, who brought gold from
Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones.
11 And the king made terraces of the algum wood for the house of Jehovah and for the
king's house, also harps and lutes for the singers; and there had never before been seen such as
these in the land of Judah.
12 And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked,
besides what she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own land, she and
13 The weight of gold that came to Solomon each year was six hundred and sixty-six
talents of gold,
14 besides what the traveling merchants and traders brought. And all the kings of Arabia
and governors of the land brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred
shekels of hammered gold went into each shield.
16 He also made three hundred shields of hammered gold; three hundred shekels of gold
went into each shield. The king put them in the house of the Forest of Lebanon.
17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.
18 The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne;
there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, with two lions standing beside
19 Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps; nothing like this had been
made for any other kingdom.
20 All King Solomon's drinking vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the house of the
Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for it was accounted as nothing in
the days of Solomon.
21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram. Once every three
years the ships came from Tarshish, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
22 Thus King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom,
which God had put in his heart.
24 Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices,
horses, and mules, the matter year by year.
25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand
horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem.
26 And he reigned over all the kings from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as
the border of Egypt.
27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as
abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland.
28 And they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of
Nathan the prophet, in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the
seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
30 Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31 And Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father.
And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.