1 And the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon and came to prove him with riddles at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and with camels that bare sweet odours and plenty of gold and precious stone. And when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 2 And Solomon told her all her questions, that there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon and the house that he had built, 4 and the meat of his table and the sitting of his servants and the standing of his waiters, and their apparel, and his butlers with their apparel, and his parlor out of which he went into the house of the LORD, there was no more heart in her.
5 And then she said to the king, "The saying which I heard in mine own land, of thine acts and of thy wisdom, is truth. 6 But I believed not the words of them, until I came and mine eyes had seen it. And see, the one half of thy wisdom was not told me: thou exceedest the same that I heard. 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants which stand before thee always and hear thy wisdom. 8 Blessed be the LORD thy God which had lust to thee, to make thee king on his seat, unto the LORD thy God. Because thy God loved Israel, to make them continue ever, therefore made he the king over them to do right and equity."
9 And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of sweet odours an exceeding great abundance with precious stones, that there was no such sweet odours as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And thereto the servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon which brought gold from Ophir, brought also Algum wood and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the Algum wood stairs for the house of the LORD and in the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers. And there was no such wood seen before in the land of Judah.
12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire that she asked above that she brought unto the king. And so she turned and went away unto her own land with her servants.
13 The sum of gold that came to Solomon in one year, was six hundred and sixty six talents of gold, 14 besides that which chapmen and merchants brought; and all the kings of Arabia and dukes of countries brought gold and silver to Solomon.
15 And king Solomon made two hundred bucklers of gold, six hundred sicles of beaten gold to a buckler; 16 and three hundred shields of beaten gold, three hundred sicles of gold to a shield; and he put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.
17 And the king made a great seat of Ivory and overlaid it with pure gold. 18 And there were six steps to the seat with a footstool of gold fastened to the seat: and pommels on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the pommels. 19 And twelve lions stood one side and on the other, upon six steps, and there was no such in any kingdom.
20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon, were pure gold. And as for silver, it was counted nothing worth in the days of Solomon. 21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Hiram once every three years. And the ships of Tarshish brought gold, silver, the teeth of elephants, apes and peacocks.
22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart. 24 And they brought every man his present in vessels of silver and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, sweet odours, horses and mules year by year.
25 And Solomon had four thousand mangers of horses and chariots for them, and twelve thousand horsemen. And he bestowed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. 26 And he reigned over all the kings from Euphrates unto the land of the Philistines and to the borders of Egypt. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar trees as plenteous as the mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. 28 And Solomon had horses brought him out of Egypt and out of all lands.
29 And the rest of the acts of king Solomon, both first and last, are written in the book of Nathan the Prophet and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer of visions against Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 30 And when Solomon had reigned in Jerusalem upon all Israel forty years, 31 he laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father, and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.