The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1And the sovereigness of Sheḇa heard of the report of Shelomoh concerning the Name of יהוה, and came to try him with hard questions.
2And she came to Yerushalayim with a very great company, with camels that bore spices, very much gold, and precious stones. And she came to Shelomoh, and she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
3And Shelomoh answered all her questions. There was no matter hidden for the sovereign that he did not make known to her.
4And the sovereigness of Sheḇa saw all the wisdom of Shelomoh, and the house that he had built,
5and the food on his table, and the seating of his servants, and the service of his waiters and their attire, and his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings which he offered in the House of יהוה, and there was no more spirit in her.
6Then she said to the sovereign, “The word I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom was true.
7“But I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes. And see, I have not been told the half! Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the report which I heard.
8“Blessed are your men and blessed are these your servants, who stand continually before you, who are hearing your wisdom!
9“Blessed be יהוה your Elohim, who delighted in you, to put you on the throne of Yisra’ĕl! Because יהוה has loved Yisra’ĕl forever, therefore He made you sovereign, to do right-ruling and righteousness.”
10And she gave the sovereign one hundred and twenty talents of gold, and very many spices, and precious stones. Never again did so many spices come as the sovereigness of Sheḇa gave to Sovereign Shelomoh.
11And also, the ships of Ḥiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought almug wood, a great many, and precious stones from Ophir.
12And the sovereign made steps of the almug wood for the House of יהוה and for the sovereign’s house, also lyres and harps for singers. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day.
13And Sovereign Shelomoh gave the sovereigness of Sheḇa all she desired, whatever she asked, besides what he gave her according to the hand of Sovereign Shelomoh. And she turned and went to her land, she and her servants.
14And the weight of gold that came to Shelomoh yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,
15besides that from men of travel, and the profit from traders, and from all the sovereigns of Araḇia, and from the governors of the land.
16And Sovereign Shelomoh made two hundred large shields of beaten gold – six hundred pieces of gold went into each shield;
17and three hundred shields of beaten gold – three minas of gold went into each shield. And the sovereign put them in the House of the Forest of Leḇanon.
18And the sovereign made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with refined gold.
19The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round at the back, and there were armrests on either side of the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the armrests.
20And twelve lions were standing there, one on each side of the six steps. The like of it was never made in any reign.
21And all the drinking vessels of Sovereign Shelomoh were of gold, and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Leḇanon were of refined gold – not of silver, for this was reckoned of little value in the days of Shelomoh.
22For the sovereign had ships of Tarshish at sea with the fleet of Ḥiram. Once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and baboons.
23And Sovereign Shelomoh was greater than any of the sovereigns of the earth in riches and wisdom.
24And all the earth sought the presence of Shelomoh to hear his wisdom, which Elohim had put in his heart.
25And they were each bringing 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.
26And Shelomoh gathered chariots and horsemen, and he had one thousand four hundred chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the sovereign in Yerushalayim.
27And the sovereign made silver as common in Yerushalayim as stones, and he made cedars as plenty as the sycamores which are in the low country.
28And Shelomoh had horses brought out from Mitsrayim and Quĕh; the sovereign’s merchants bought them in Quĕh at a price.
29And a chariot came up and went out from Mitsrayim for six hundred pieces of silver, and a horse one hundred and fifty. And so, by their hand, they brought them out to all the sovereigns of the Ḥittites and the sovereigns of Aram.