1 And the queen of Sheba heard of the wisdom of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, and came to prove him with riddles. 2 And she came to Jerusalem with a mighty great multitude of Camels that bare sweet odours and gold exceeding much, and precious stones. And when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 3 And Solomon expounded her all her questions, that there was not one thing hid from the king which he expounded 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 standing of his servitors and their apparel, and his butlers and his sacrifice that he offered in the house of the LORD, she was astonished.
6 Then she said to the king, "The word I heard in mine own land of thy deeds and wisdom, is true. 7 Howbeit, I believed it not till I came and saw it with mine eyes. And see, the one half was not told me: for thy wisdom and goodness exceedeth the fame which I heard. 8 Happy are thy men: and happy are these thy servants, which stand ever before thee and hear thy wisdom. 9 And blessed be the LORD thy God which had a lust to thee, to set thee on the seat of Israel, because the LORD loved Israel for ever, and therefore made thee king, to do equity and righteousness."
10 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of sweet odours exceeding much, and precious stones. There came never after such abundance of sweet odors as the Queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.
11 And thereto the ships of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir great plenty of almug trees and precious stones. 12 And king Solomon made of the almug trees pillars in the house of the LORD in the king's palace, and made harps and psalteries for singers. There came no more almug trees so, nor was any more seen unto this day.
13 And king Solomon gave unto the Queen of Sheba all her desire that she asked of him: besides that he gave her with his own hand. And so she returned unto her own country with her servants.
14 The weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred three score and six talents of gold, 15 besides that he had of chapmen and merchants of apothecaries and of all the kings of Arabia and of the lords of the country.
16 And king Solomon made two hundred bucklers of beaten gold, six hundred sicles of gold went to a buckler. 17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold, three pounds of gold going to a piece, and put them in the house of the wood of Lebanon.
18 And the king made a great seat of Ivory and covered it with precious gold. 19 And the seat had six steps. And the top of the seat was round behind his back with pommels on either side on the place where he sat, and two Lions standing beside the pommels. 20 And there stood twelve lions on the steps, six on a side. There was none like seen in any kingdom.
21 And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the wood of Lebanon were of pure gold. And as for silver, it was nothing worth in the days of Solomon. 22 For the sea ships which the king had in the sea, with the ships of Hiram, came every third year laden with gold, silver, ivory, apes and peacocks.
23 And so king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 24 And all the world resorted to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. 25 And brought him every man his present, vessels of silver and of gold, and of raiment, harness, sweet odours, horses and mules, year by year.
26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: so that he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar as plenteous as mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. 28 And Solomon's horses came out of Egypt from Kue: the merchants fetched them from Kue at a price. 29 A chariot came out of Egypt for six hundred sicles of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. And even so, by the hands of the said merchants, horses were brought out for all the kings of the Hittites and for the kings of Syria.