1The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon. So she came to test him with hard questions. 2She traveled to Jerusalem with a very large group of servants. There were many camels carrying spices, jewels, and much gold. She met Solomon and asked him all the questions that she could think of. 3Solomon answered all the questions. None of her questions were too hard for him to explain. 4The queen of Sheba saw that Solomon was very wise. She also saw the beautiful palace he had built. 5The queen saw the food at the king’s table. She saw his officials meeting together. She saw the servants in the palace and the good clothes that they wore. She saw his parties and the sacrifices that he offered in the temple. All these things really amazed her—they just 'took her breath away’! 6So the queen said to the king, “I heard many things in my own country about your wisdom and all the things you have done. And everything is true! 7I did not believe it until I came and saw it with my own eyes. Now I see that it is even greater than what I heard. Your wealth and wisdom is much greater than people told me. 8Your wives and officers are very fortunate! They can serve you and hear your wisdom every day! 9Praise the Lord your God! He was pleased to make you king of Israel. The Lord God loves Israel. So he made you the king. You follow the law and treat people fairly.” 10Then the queen of Sheba gave the king about 9,000 pounds of gold. She also gave him many spices and jewels. The queen of Sheba gave to Solomon more spices than anyone has ever brought into Israel. 11Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir. Those ships also brought very much wood and jewels. 12Solomon used the wood to build supports in the temple and the palace. He also used the wood to make harps and lyres for the singers. No other person has ever brought that kind of wood ˻to Israel˼ and no person has seen that kind of wood since that time. 13Then King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba gifts that a king usually gives to a ruler from another country. Then he gave her anything else she asked for. After this, the queen and her servants went back to her own country. 14Every year King Solomon got about 79,920 pounds of gold. 15Besides the gold from the cargo ships, he also got gold from the traders and merchants, and from the kings of Arabia and governors of the land. 16King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold. Each shield contained about 15 pounds of gold. 17He also made 300 smaller shields of hammered gold. Each shield contained about 4 pounds of gold. The king put them in the building called the “Forest of Lebanon.” 18King Solomon also built a large ivory throne. He covered it with pure gold. 19There were six steps leading up to the throne. The back of the throne was round at the top. There were armrests on both sides of the chair. And in the sides of the chair under the two armrests there were pictures of lions. 20There were also two lions on each of the six steps. There was one lion at each end. There was nothing like this in any other kingdom. 21All of Solomon’s cups and glasses were made of gold. And all of the dishes in the building called the “Forest of Lebanon” were made from pure gold. Nothing in the palace was made from silver. ˻There was so much gold that˼ in Solomon’s time people did not think silver was important! 22The king also had many cargo ships that he sent out to trade things with other countries. These were Hiram’s ships. Every three years the ships would come back with a new load of gold, silver, ivory, and animals. 23Solomon was the greatest king on earth. He had the most riches and wisdom of all kings. 24People everywhere wanted to see King Solomon. They wanted to hear the great wisdom that God had given him. 25Every year people came to see the king. And every person brought a gift. They brought things made from gold and silver, clothes, weapons, spices, horses, and mules. 26So Solomon had many, many chariots and horses. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. Solomon built special cities for these chariots. So the chariots were kept in those cities. King Solomon also kept some of the chariots with him in Jerusalem. 27The king made Israel very rich. In the city of Jerusalem, silver was as common as rocks and cedar wood was as common as the many, many fig trees growing on the hills. 28Solomon brought horses from Egypt and Kue. His traders bought them in Kue and brought them to Israel. 29A chariot from Egypt cost about 15 pounds of silver, and a horse cost about 3,3/4 pounds of silver. Solomon sold horses and chariots to the kings of the Hittites and the Arameans.