1 Kings 10:14
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New International Version
The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,

New Living Translation
Each year Solomon received about 25 tons of gold.

English Standard Version
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,

New American Standard Bible
Now the weight of gold which came in to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold,

King James Bible
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The weight of gold that came to Solomon annually was 25 tons,

International Standard Version
Solomon's annual revenue was 666 talents of gold,

NET Bible
Solomon received 666 talents of gold per year,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The gold that came to Solomon in one year weighed 49,950 pounds,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,

King James 2000 Bible
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

American King James Version
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred three score and six talents of gold,

American Standard Version
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the weight of the gold that was brought to Solomon every year, was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold:

Darby Bible Translation
And the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,

English Revised Version
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty six talents of gold,

World English Bible
Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred sixty-six talents of gold,

Young's Literal Translation
And the weight of the gold that hath come to Solomon in one year is six hundred sixty and six talents of gold,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:14-29 Solomon increased his wealth. Silver was nothing accounted of. Such is the nature of worldly wealth, plenty of it makes it the less valuable; much more should the enjoyment of spiritual riches lessen our esteem of all earthly possessions. If gold in abundance makes silver to be despised, shall not wisdom, and grace, and the foretastes of heaven, which are far better than gold, make gold to be lightly esteemed? See in Solomon's greatness the performance of God's promise, and let it encourage us to seek first the righteousness of God's kingdom. This was he, who, having tasted all earthly enjoyments, wrote a book, to show the vanity of all worldly things, the vexation of spirit that attends them, and the folly of setting our hearts upon them: and to recommend serious godliness, as that which will do unspeakably more to make us happy, that all the wealth and power he was master of; and, through the grace of God, it is within our reach.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year [probably one particular and exceptional year, probably also the year of the queen's visit, not year by year (Wordsworth, al.), as the Vulgate (per singulos annos). One fleet only came home from its voyage after three years, and the gold would hardly weigh precisely 666 talents year by year] was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold. [The correspondence with the number of the Beast (Revelation 13:18; cf. Ezra 2:13) is in all probability not altogether accidental. It is possible, i.e., that the number of the beast is a reminiscence of this number of talents. For we may surely see in this statement of Solomon's prodigious wealth an indication of his worldliness, the turning point, perhaps, in his estrangement from God. "The love of money" may have been the root of all his evil. It is certainly remarkable that from this time forward his career is one of steady declension. It is also remarkable that while he is here represented to us as a "royal merchant," the mark of the beast is on the buyers and sellers (Revelation 13:17). But see "Expositor," May, 1881. It is, of course, possible that the number has been corrupted, but, on the other hand, it may have been recorded, partly because of the singularity of the sum total. The 666 talents include the receipts from all sources - taxes, tribute, and voyages - with the exception made presently (ver. 15). Rawlinson quotes Keil (in his earlier edition) as estimating this amount at £3,646,350. But in his later work, Keil puts it in round numbers at two and a half millions (17,000,000 thalers), while Mr. Peele calculates it at about £8,000,000. These widely varying figures are instructive, as showing that both estimates are little more than guesswork. We do not know the value of the Hebrew talent, nor, indeed, can it ever be rightly appraised until we know its purchasing power. The denarius, e.g., is generally valued at 8½ d. (or 7½ d.) because it contained some 58 grains of pure silver but its real value was nearer three shillings, inasmuch as it was a fair wage for a day's work on the land (Matthew 20:2). In any case, it is clear that this sum should hardly be compared with the annual revenue of other Oriental empires, as by Rawlinson (see above).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty and six talents of gold. From Ophir and Tarshish, and wherever he traded; which was of our money, according to Berewood (k), 2,997,000 pounds; or as another learned man (l), who makes it equal to 5,138,520 ducats of gold.

(k) De Ponder. & Pret. c. 5. (l) Scheuchzer. Physic. Sacr. vol. 3. p. 580.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

1Ki 10:14-29. His Riches.

14, 15. Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year—666 talents, equal to £3,996,000. The sources whence this was derived are not mentioned; nor was it the full amount of his revenue; for this was "Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffic of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country." The great encouragement he gave to commerce was the means of enriching his royal treasury. By the fortifications which he erected in various parts of his kingdom, (particularly at such places as Thapsacus, one of the passages of Euphrates, and at Tadmor, in the Syrian desert), he gave complete security to the caravan trade from the depredations of the Arab marauders; and it was reasonable that, in return for this protection, he should exact a certain toll or duty for the importation of foreign goods. A considerable revenue, too, would arise from the use of the store cities and khans he built; and it is not improbable that those cities were emporia, where the caravan merchants unloaded their bales of spices and other commodities and sold them to the king's factors, who, according to the modern practice in the East, retailed them in the Western markets at a profit. "The revenue derived from the tributary kings and from the governors of the country" must have consisted in the tribute which all inferior magistrates periodically bring to their sovereigns in the East, in the shape of presents of the produce of their respective provinces.

1 Kings 10:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Riches
14Now the weight of gold which came in to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, 15besides that from the traders and the wares of the merchants and all the kings of the Arabs and the governors of the country.…
Cross References
1 Kings 10:13
King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.

2 Chronicles 9:13
The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,

Ecclesiastes 2:8
I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well--the delights of a man's heart.
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Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred three score and six talents of gold,

A.M.

1 Kings 9:28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from there gold, four hundred …

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