9 And the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon, and came to test Solomon with problems at Jerusalem, with an immense retinue and camels carrying spices and gold in large quantity and precious stones; and she came to Solomon and said to him whatever she had in mind to say, 2 and Solomon told her all her points; of not a point was Solomon ignorant so as not to tell her. 3 And the queen of Sheba saw Solomon’s wisdom, and the house he had built, 4 and the food that came to his table, and the order in which his officers sat and his attendants stood, and their costumes, and his cupbearers and their costumes, and the burnt-offering that he used to offer in Jehovah’s house, she had no spirit left in her; 5 and she said to the king “It was a true word that I heard in my own country about your state and your wisdom; 6 and I did not believe their talk till I came and saw with my own eyes, and found that I had not been told half the preeminence of your wisdom; you outdo the report I had heard. 7 Happy are your men, happy these officers of yours who stand before you always and hear your wisdom. 8 Jehovah your God be blessed who was pleased with you for setting on his throne to be king for Jehovah your God; it was because your God loved Israel, to make it stand forever, that he set you over them as king to do justice and right.” 9 And she gave the king sixteen thousand pounds of gold, and spices in great quantity, and precious stones; and there never was the equal of those spices that the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon. 10 * (And Huram’s subjects, too, and Solomon’s subjects, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones; 11 and the king made the algum wood into passgefloors for Jehovah’s house and the royal palace, and lyres and harps for the singers; and the like had never been seen in Judah.) 12 * And King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything which pleased her that she asked for, besides what she had brought to the king. And she turned and went back to her own country, she and her officers. 13 And the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was eighty-seven thousand six hundred and forty pounds, gold, 14 besides the mulcts on travelers; and the merchants brought in, and all the kings of Arabia and the viceroys of the country brought in gold to King Solomon. 15 And King Solomon made two hundred shields of beaten gold, three hundred ounces of beaten gold going on one shield, 16 and three hundred beaten gold bucklers, a hundred and fifty ounces of gold going on one buckler; and the king put them in the Forest-of-Lebanon house. 17 And the king made a great ivory throne, and gilded it with pure gold; 18 and there were six steps to the throne and a footrest in gold, fastened to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, and two standing lions beside the arms, 19 and twelve standing lions on the six steps, one each side; nothing of the sort had been made for any kingdom. 20 And all King Solomon’s drinking-vessels were gold, and all the vessels of the Forest-of-Lebanon house were solid gold; silver was not thought anything of in Solomon’s days. 21 For the king had ships going to Spain with Huram’s subjects; once in three years the Spain-ships came in, carrying gold and silver, ivory and monkeys and peacocks. 22 And King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in wealth and wisdom; 23 and all the kings of the earth betook themselves to Solomon to listen to his wisdom which God had put into his heart, 24 and brought their presents man by man, articles of silver and of gold and garments, arms, and spices, ponies and mules, a yearly supply. 25 And Solomon had four thousand teams of ponies and chariots, and twelve thousand cavalry horses, which he quartered in the chariot cities and at Jerusalem with the king. 26 And he ruled over all the kings from the River to the country of the Philistines and to the boundary of Egypt. 27 And the king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as sycamores in the lowlands. 28 And ponies were exported to Solomon from Egypt and from all countries. 29 And as to the remainder of Solomon’s history, first and last, it is recorded in the history of Nathan the prophet and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite and in the visioning of Jeʽdo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 30 And Solomon was king at Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years. 31 And Solomon went to rest with his fathers, and was buried in his father David’s city; and his son Rehoboam succeeded him.
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