1 Kings 10
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the
name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.||
The Queen of Sheba
And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare
spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to
Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from
the king, which he told her not.||
And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house
that he had built,||
And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the
attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his
ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more
spirit in her.||
And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own
land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.||
Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it:
and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth
the fame which I heard.||
Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually
before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.||
Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the
throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he
thee king, to do judgment and justice.||
And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices
very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of
spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.||
"She gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold."
Since a talent was about 75 pounds, the Queen of Sheba gave Solomon 9000 pounds of gold, which would be worth
more than 200 million
U.S. dollars today.
And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from
Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.
And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD,
and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came
no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.||
And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever
she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she
turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.||
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred
threescore and six talents of gold,||
"The weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred
threescore and six talents of gold."
Every year, Solomon received 666 talents of gold, which sounds a bit satanic to me. (666 talents of gold would weigh about
50,000 pounds and would be worth about 1.5 illion U.S. dollars today.)
Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice
merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the
And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred
shekels of gold went to one target.
And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went
to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.||
Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the
The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and
there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions
stood beside the stays.||
And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six
steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.||
And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels
of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of
silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.||
For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once
in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory,
and apes, and peacocks.||
So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for
And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put
in his heart.
And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of
gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year
And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand
and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in
the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem.||
And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he
to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for abundance.||
"And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones."
When Solomon was king, silver was as common as stones in Jerusalem.
And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king's
merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of
silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of
the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their