1 KINGS 9:26 – 10:13
9:26 King Solomon also built ships in Ezion-geber, which is near Eloth on the shore of the Red Sea, in the land of Edom.
9:27 And Hiram sent his servants in the ships, sailors who knew the sea, with the servants of Solomon.
9:28 And they went to Ophir and took four hundred and twenty talents of gold from there and brought it to King Solomon.
10:1 And the queen of Sheba had heard of Solomon’s fame in connection with the name of Jehovah, and she came to test him with hard questions.
10:2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels bearing spices and with very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she spoke all that was on her heart to him.
10:3 And Solomon answered every matter of hers; there was nothing hidden from the king that he did not answer her.
10:4 And when the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the house that he had built
10:5 And the food of his table and the seating of his servants and the service and apparel of his ministers and his cupbearers and his burnt offerings that he offered up at the house of Jehovah, there was no more spirit in her.
10:6 And she said to the king, The word that I heard in my land concerning your deeds and your wisdom is true,
10:7 But I did not believe the words until I came and my own eyes saw. And indeed the half was not told to me; your wisdom and prosperity far exceed the report that I heard.
10:8 Happy are your men! Happy are these your servants, who attend you continually and hear your wisdom!
10:9 Blessed be Jehovah your God, who has delighted in you and set you upon the throne of Israel. Because Jehovah loves Israel forever, He has made you king to execute justice and righteousness.
10:10 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great store of spices and some precious stones; never again did so great an abundance of spices come as that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10:11 Moreover Hiram’s fleet, which carried gold from Ophir, brought a great many almug trees and precious stones.
10:12 And the king made of the almug trees a banister for the house of Jehovah and for the king’s house, and lyres and harps for the singers; such almug trees have not come nor have been seen again to this day.
10:13 And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked for, besides that which King Solomon gave her from his bounty. And she returned and went to her own land, she and her servants.
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