2 Chronicles 9 New American Standard Bible

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

9 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon , she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions . She had a very large retinue , with camels carrying spices and a large amount of gold and precious stones ; and when she came to Solomon , she spoke with him about all that was on her heart . 2  Solomon answered all her questions ; nothing e was hidden from Solomon which he did not explain to her. 3  When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon , the house which he had built , 4  the food at his table , the seating of his servants , the attendance of his ministers and their attire , his cupbearers and their attire , and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the Lord , she was breathless e . 5  Then she said to the king , "It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom . 6  "Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until e I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold , the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You surpass the report that I heard . 7  "How blessed are your men , how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom . 8  "Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the Lord your God ; because your God loved Israel establishing them forever , therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness ." 9  Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great amount of spices and precious stones ; there had never been spice like that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon . 10  The servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir , also brought algum trees and precious stones . 11  From the algum trees the king made steps for the house of the Lord and for the king's palace , and lyres and harps for the singers ; and none like that was seen before in the land of Judah . 12  King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested besides e a return for what she had brought to the king . Then she turned and went to her own land with her servants .

Solomon's Riches and Fame

13  Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was 666 e e talents of gold , 14  besides e that which the traders e and merchants brought ; and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon . 15  King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold , using 600 e shekels of beaten gold on each large shield . 16  He made 300 e shields of beaten gold , using three hundred shekels of gold on each shield , and 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  There were six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne , and arms on each side of the seat e , and two lions standing beside the arms . 19  Twelve e lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other ; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom . 20  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 ; silver was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon . 21  For the king had ships which went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram ; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver , ivory and apes and peacocks . 22  So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom . 23  And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon , to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart . 24  They brought every man his gift , articles of silver and gold , garments , weapons , spices , horses and mules , so much year by year . 25  Now Solomon had 4,000 e stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 e e horsemen , and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem . 26  He was the ruler over all the kings from the Euphrates River even to the land of the Philistines , and as far as the border of Egypt . 27  The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem , and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland . 28  And they were bringing horses for Solomon from Egypt and from all countries .

The Death of Solomon

29  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon , from first to last , are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet , and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite , and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat ? 30  Solomon reigned forty years in Jerusalem over all Israel . 31  And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David ; and his son Rehoboam reigned in his place .

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