2 Chronicles 9
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2 Chronicles 9
The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon...
And the sovereigness of Sheba heard of the report of Shelomoh, and came to Yerushalayim to try Shelomoh with hard questions, with a very great company, and camels bearing spices, and much gold, and precious stones. And she came to Shelomoh, and she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
And Shelomoh answered all her questions. And there was no matter hidden for Shelomoh which he did not make known to her.
And the sovereigness of Sheba saw the wisdom of Shelomoh, and the house that he had built,
and the food on his table, and the seating of his servants, and the service of his waiters and their attire, and his cupbearers and their attire, and his burnt offerings that he offered up in the House of YHWH, and there was no more spirit in her.
Then she said to the sovereign, 'True was the word I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.
'But I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes. And see, I have not been told the half of the greatness of your wisdom! You exceed the report which I heard.
'Blessed are your men and blessed are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom!
'Blessed be YHWH your Elohim, who delighted in you, to put you on His throne to be sovereign for YHWH your Elohim! Because your Elohim has loved Yisra'el, to establish them forever, therefore He made you sovereign over them, to do right-ruling and righteousness.'
And she gave the sovereign one hundred and twenty talents of gold, and very many spices, and precious stones. And there has not been any spices such as those the sovereigness of Sheba gave to Sovereign Shelomoh.
And also, the servants of Huram and the servants of Shelomoh, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum wood and precious stones.
And the sovereign made stairs of the algum wood for the House of YHWH and for the sovereign's house, also lyres and harps for singers. And there was never seen the like of them before in the land of Yehudah.
And Sovereign Shelomoh gave to the sovereigness of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, besides that which she had brought to the sovereign. And she turned and went to her own land, she and her servants.
And the weight of gold that came to Shelomoh yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,
besides that which the merchants and traders brought. And all the sovereigns of Arabia and governors of the land were bringing gold and silver to Shelomoh.
And Sovereign Shelomoh made two hundred large shields of beaten gold - six hundred pieces of beaten gold went into each shield,
and three hundred shields of beaten gold - three hundred pieces of gold went into each shield. And the sovereign put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
And the sovereign made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with clean gold,
and six steps led to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne; and there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests.
And twelve lions were standing there, one on each side of the six steps. The like of it was not in any reign.
And all the drinking vessels of Sovereign Shelomoh were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of refined gold - silver was reckoned of little value in the days of Shelomoh.
For the sovereign's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram. Once in three years the ships of Tarshish came, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, apes, and baboons.
And Sovereign Shelomoh became greater than all the sovereigns of the earth in riches and wisdom.
And all the sovereigns of the earth sought the presence of Shelomoh to hear his wisdom, which Elohim had put in his heart.
And each man brought his present: objects of silver, and objects of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses and mules, the matter of a year by year.
And Shelomoh had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the sovereign at Yerushalayim.
And he ruled over all the sovereigns from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Mitsrayim.
And the sovereign made silver in Yerushalayim as the stones, and he made cedar trees as plenty as the sycamores which are in the low country.
And they were bringing horses to Shelomoh from Mitsrayim and from all lands.
And the rest of the acts of Shelomoh, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahiyah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Yarob`am son of Nebat?
And Shelomoh reigned in Yerushalayim over all Yisra'el forty years.
So Shelomoh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of Dawid his father. And Rehab'am his son reigned in his place.
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