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C hronicles – E Z R A – N E H E M I A H
in praise and to assist the priests in their daily duties. And he assigned the
gate­keepers to their gates by their divisions, following the commands of
Da­vid, the man of God. Sol­omon did not deviate in any way from Da­vid’s
commands concerning the priests and Levites and the treasuries.
So Sol­omon made sure that all the work related to building the Temple
of the Lord was carried out, from the day its foundation was laid to the
day of its completion.
Later Sol­omon went to Ezi­­on-­ge­ber and Elath, ports along the shore of
the Red Sea in the land of Edom. Hi­ram sent him ships commanded by
his own officers and manned by experienced crews of sailors. These ships
sailed to Ophir with Sol­omon’s men and brought back to Sol­omon almost
seventeen tons of gold.
When the queen of She­ba heard of Sol­omon’s fame, she came to Je­ru­sa­lem
to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of
gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Sol­omon, she talked with
him about every­thing she had on her mind. Sol­omon had answers for all
her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her. When the
queen of She­ba realized how wise Sol­omon was, and when she saw the
palace he had built, she was overwhelmed. She was also amazed at the food
on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing,
the ­cup-­bearers and their robes, and the burnt offerings Sol­omon made at
the Temple of the Lord.
She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about
your achievements and wisdom is true! I didn’t believe what was said until
I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half
of your great wisdom! It is far beyond what I was told. How happy your
people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after
day, listening to your wisdom! Praise the Lord your God, who delights in
you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God
loves Is­ra­el and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king
over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”
Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 pounds of gold, great quantities
of spices, and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine
as those the queen of She­ba gave to King Sol­omon.
(In addition, the crews of Hi­ram and Sol­omon brought gold from
Ophir, and they also brought red sandalwood and precious jewels. The
king used the sandalwood to make steps for the Temple of the Lord and
the royal palace, and to construct lyres and harps for the musicians. Never
before had such beautiful things been seen in Ju­dah.)
King Sol­omon gave the queen of She­ba whatever she asked ­for—­gifts
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