2 Chronicles 9 ©

The queen of Sheba visits Solomon to hear his wisdom, v. 1, etc. At which she is greatly amazed, 3. And honors him with presents, 9. Receives also presents from Solomon, and returns homeward, 12. Solomon’s gold and revenues, 13. His targets and shield, 15. Ivory throne, 17. Golden vessels, 20. What presents were given by him by the neighbor kings, 23. His power and riches, 25. His reign and death, 30.


AND 1whena the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, 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: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.


And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,


And the meat of his table, and the 2sitting of his servants, and the 3attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; 4there was no more spirit in her.


And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine 5acts, and of thy wisdom:


Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for 6thou exceedest the fame that I heard.


Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.


Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on 7his throne, to be king for 8the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to 9establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.


And she gave the king an hundred and twenty 10talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there 11any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.


And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from 12Ophir, brought 13algum trees and precious stones.


Andb the king made of the algum trees 14terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: 15and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.


And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, 16beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.


¶Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;


Beside that which 17chapmenc and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country 18brought gold and silver to Solomon.


¶And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred 19shekels of beaten gold went to one target.


And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: 20three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in 21the house of the forest of Lebanon.


Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with 22pure gold.


And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and 23stays 24on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by 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 the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of 25pure gold: none were of 26silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon.


For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: 27every three years once came the ships of 28Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.


And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.


¶And 29all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.


And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, 30a rate year by year.


¶And Solomond had 31four thousand stalls for horses and 32chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the 33chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.


¶And he reigned over all the kings from the 34river even 35unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.


Ande the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance.


And they brought unto Solomon 36horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.


¶Now the rest off the 37acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the 38book of 39Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of 40Ahijah the Shilonite, and 41in the visions of 42Iddo the 43seer 44against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?


And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.


And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the 45city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.