2 Chronicles 9
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1Now 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.1Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon, she came to test him with difficult questions. She arrived in Jerusalem with a very large caravan, with camels bearing spices, gold in abundance, and precious stones. So she came to Solomon and spoke to him all that was on her mind.
2Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from Solomon which he did not explain to her.2And Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too difficult for him to explain.
3When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house which he had built,3When the queen of Sheba saw the wisdom of Solomon, the palace he had built,
4the 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.4the food at his table, the seating of his servants, the service and attire of his attendants and cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he presented at the house of the LORD, it took her breath away.
5Then she said to the king, "It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.5She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your words and wisdom is true.
6"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.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.
7"How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.7How blessed are your men! How blessed are these servants of yours who stand continually before you 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."8Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delighted in you to set you on His throne to be king for the LORD your God. Because your God loved Israel enough to establish them forever, He has made you king over them to carry out justice and righteousness.”
9Then 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.9Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones. There had never been such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10The servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum trees and precious stones.10(The servants of Hiram and of Solomon, who brought gold from Ophir, also brought algum wood and precious stones.
11From 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.11The king made the algum wood into steps for the house of the LORD and for the king’s palace, and into lyres and harps for the singers. Never before had anything like them been seen in the land of Judah.)
12King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested besides a return for what she had brought to the king. Then she turned and went to her own land with her servants.12King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired—whatever she asked—far more than she had brought the king. Then she left and returned to her own country, along with her servants.
13Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,13The weight of gold that came to Solomon each year was 666 talents,
14besides that which the traders and merchants brought; and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.14not including the revenue from the merchants and traders. And all the Arabian kings and governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold, using 600 shekels of beaten gold on each large shield.15King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of hammered gold went into each shield.
16He made 300 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.16He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold; three hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. And the king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
17Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold.17Additionally, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold.
18There were six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne, and arms on each side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.18The throne had six steps, and a footstool of gold was attached to it. There were armrests on both sides of the seat, with a lion standing beside each armrest.
19Twelve 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.19Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like this had ever been made for any kingdom.
20All 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.20All King Solomon’s drinking cups were gold, and all the utensils of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. There was no silver, because it was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon.
21For 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.21For the king had the ships of Tarshish that went with Hiram’ s servants, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.
22So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.22So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
23And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.23All the kings of the earth sought an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart.
24They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses and mules, so much year by year.24Year after year, each visitor would bring his tribute: articles of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.
25Now Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem.25Solomon had 4,000 stalls for horses and chariots, and 12,000 horses, which he stationed in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.
26He 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.26He reigned over all the kings from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt.
27The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland.27The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as abundant as sycamore in the foothills.
28And they were bringing horses for Solomon from Egypt and from all countries.28Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from all the lands.
29Now 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?29As for the rest of the acts of Solomon, from beginning to end, are they not written in the Records of Nathan the Prophet, in the Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the Visions of Iddo the Seer concerning Jeroboam son of Nebat?
30Solomon reigned forty years in Jerusalem over all Israel.30Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.
31And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David; and his son Rehoboam reigned in his place.31And Solomon rested 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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