1. And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon
concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard
2. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels
that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when
she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her
3. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing
hid from the king, which he told her not.
4. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and
the house that he had built, 5. And the meat of his table, and the
sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and
their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up
unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
6. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in
mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
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.
8. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand
continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
9. Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee
on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever,
therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
10. And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and
of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more
such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to
11. And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir,
brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious
12. And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of
the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for
singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.
13. And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire,
whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal
So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
14. Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six
hundred threescore and six talents of gold, 15. Beside that he had
of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of
all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.
16. And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six
hundred shekels of gold went to one target.
17. And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of
gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the
forest of Lebanon.
18. Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it
with the best gold.
19. The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round
behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat,
and two lions stood beside the stays.
20. 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.
21. And 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;
none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of
22. For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of
Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold,
and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
23. So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches
and for wisdom.
24. And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which
God had put in his heart.
25. And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and
vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and
mules, a rate year by year.
26. And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had
a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen,
whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at
27. And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and
cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for
28. And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the
king's merchants received the linen yarn at a price.
29. And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred
shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for
all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they
bring them out by their means.