2 Chronicles 9:6
New International Version
But I did not believe what they said until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half the greatness of your wisdom was told me; you have far exceeded the report I heard.

New Living Translation
I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of your great wisdom! It is far beyond what I was told.

English Standard Version
but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, half the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the report that I heard.

Berean Study Bible
But I did not believe the reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not half of the greatness of your wisdom was told to me. You have far exceeded the report I heard.

King James Bible
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 thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

New King James Version
However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard.

New American Standard Bible
But I did not believe their stories until I came and my own eyes saw it all. And behold, not even half of the greatness of your wisdom was reported to me. You have surpassed the report that I heard.

NASB 1995
"Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until 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.

NASB 1977
“Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until 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.

Amplified Bible
but I did not believe the reports until I came and saw it with my own eyes. Behold, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told to me; you have surpassed the report that I heard.

Christian Standard Bible
But I didn’t believe their reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, I was not even told half of your great wisdom! You far exceed the report I heard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I didn't believe their reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, I was not even told half of your great wisdom! You far exceed the report I heard.

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Yet I believed not the reports until I came, and my eyes saw: and, behold, the half of the abundance of thy wisdom was not told me: thou hast exceeded the report which I heard.

Contemporary English Version
But I didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes! And there's so much I didn't hear about. You are greater than I was told.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I did not believe them that told it, until I came, and my eyes had seen, and I had proved that scarce one half of thy wisdom had been told me: thou hast exceeded the same with thy virtues.

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

Good News Translation
I did not believe what they told me until I came and saw for myself. I had not heard of even half your wisdom. You are even wiser than people say.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I didn't believe the reports until I came and saw it with my own eyes. I wasn't even told about half of the extent of your wisdom. You've surpassed the stories I've heard.

International Standard Version
"but I didn't believe it at first! But then I came here and I've seen it for myself! It's amazing! I wasn't told half of what's really great about your wisdom. You're far better in person than what the reports have said about you!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it; and, behold, the half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me; thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

Literal Standard Version
and I have given no credence to their words until I have come and my eyes see, and behold, there has not been declared to me the half of the abundance of your wisdom—you have added to the report that I heard.

NET Bible
I did not believe these things until I came and saw them with my own eyes. Indeed, I didn't hear even half the story! Your wisdom surpasses what was reported to me.

New Heart English Bible
However I did not believe their words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it; and look, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me: you exceed the fame that I heard.

World English Bible
However I didn't believe their words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it; and behold, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me: you exceed the fame that I heard.

Young's Literal Translation
and I have given no credence to their words, till that I have come, and mine eyes see, and lo, there hath not been declared to me the half of the abundance of thy wisdom -- thou hast added unto the report that I heard.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
The Queen of Sheba
5She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your words and wisdom is true. 6But I did not believe the reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not half of the greatness of your wisdom was told to me. You have far exceeded the report I heard. 7How blessed are your men! How blessed are these servants of yours who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!…

Cross References
2 Chronicles 9:5
She said to the king, "The report I heard in my own country about your words and wisdom is true.

2 Chronicles 9:7
How blessed are your men! How blessed are these servants of yours who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!


Treasury of Scripture

However, I believed not their words, until I came, and my eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me: for you exceed the fame that I heard.

I believed

John 20:25-29
The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe…

the one half

1 Kings 10:7
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.

Psalm 31:19
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Zechariah 9:17
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

exceedest

2 Chronicles 9:5
And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:

1 Kings 4:31,34
For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about…

Song of Solomon 5:9-16
What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us? …









(6) The one half of the greatness of thy wisdom.--Kings has simply, "the half was not told me." The chronicler has made an explanatory addition. (See 1Chronicles 12:29, and 2Chronicles 30:18, for the word marbith, "increase," "multitude," which occurs thrice in the Chronicles and twice elsewhere.)

Thou exceedest the fame.--Literally, Thou kast added to the report. Kings, more fully, "Thou hast added wisdom and weal to the report."



Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
But I did not
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

believe
הֶאֱמַ֣נְתִּי (he·’ĕ·man·tî)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 539: To confirm, support

the reports
לְדִבְרֵיהֶ֗ם (lə·ḏiḇ·rê·hem)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

until
עַ֤ד (‘aḏ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

I came
בָּ֙אתִי֙ (bā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and saw
וַתִּרְאֶ֣ינָה (wat·tir·’e·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

with my own eyes.
עֵינַ֔י (‘ê·nay)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

Indeed,
וְהִנֵּה֙ (wə·hin·nêh)
Conjunctive waw | Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

half
חֲצִ֖י (ḥă·ṣî)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2677: The half, middle

of the greatness
מַרְבִּ֣ית (mar·bîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4768: Increase, great number, greatness

of your wisdom
חָכְמָתֶ֑ךָ (ḥā·ḵə·mā·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

was told
הֻגַּד־ (hug·gaḏ-)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

to me.
לִ֔י (lî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew

You have far exceeded
יָסַ֕פְתָּ (yā·sap̄·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment

the report
הַשְּׁמוּעָ֖ה (haš·šə·mū·‘āh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8052: Something heard, an announcement

I heard.
שָׁמָֽעְתִּי׃ (šā·mā·‘ə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently


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OT History: 2 Chronicles 9:6 However I didn't believe their words until (2 Chron. 2Ch iiCh ii ch 2 chr 2chr)
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