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1 Kings 10

The queen of Sheba admireth the wisdom of Solomon.

1 Kings 10:1 And the queene of Saba hearing the fame of Solomon (concerning the name of the Lord) came to proue him with harde questions. 1 Kings 10:2 And she came to Hierusalem with a verie great trayne, with camels that bare sweete odours, and gold exceeding much, & precious stones: And she came to Solomon, and communed with him of al that was in her heart. 1 Kings 10:3 And Solomon declared vnto her all her questions, so that there was not one thing hyd from the king whiche he expounded not vnto her. 1 Kings 10:4 And the queene of Saba considered al Solomons wysdome, & the house that he had buylded, 1 Kings 10:5 And the meate of his table, and the sitting of his seruauntes, the order of his ministers & their apparell, & his drinke, and his burnt sacrifices that he offred in the house of the Lorde: and she was astonied. 1 Kings 10:6 And she sayde vnto the king: It was a true word that I hearde in myne owne land of thy sayinges, & of thy wisdome. 1 Kings 10:7 Howbeit I beleued it not, till I came & sawe it with myne eyes: And beholde, the one halfe was not tolde me: for thy wysdome and prosperitie exceedeth the fame which I hearde of thee. 1 Kings 10:8 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy seruauntes whiche stand euer before thee, and heare thy wysdome. 1 Kings 10:9 Blessed be the Lorde thy God, whiche loued thee, to set thee on the seate of Israel, because the Lorde loued Israel for euer, & made thee king to do equite and righteousnes. 1 Kings 10:10 And she gaue the king sixe score talentes of golde, and of sweete odours exceeding much, and precious stones: There came no more suche aboundaunce of sweete odours, as the queene of Saba gaue to king Solomon. 1 Kings 10:11 The nauie also of the shippes of Hiram (that caried golde from Ophir) brought lykewyse great plentie of Almuge trees, and precious stones from Ophir. 1 Kings 10:12 And the king made of the Almuge trees pillers for the house of the Lorde and for the kinges palace, and made harpes and psalteries for singers: Ther came no more suche Almuge trees, nor were any more seene vnto this day. 1 Kings 10:13 And king Solomon gaue vnto the queene of Saba according to all her desire whatsoeuer she asked, besides that he gaue her of a free wil with his owne hande: And so she returned vnto her owne countrey, both she and her seruauntes.

Solomon's gold.

1 Kings 10:14 The waight of golde that came to Solomon in one yere, was sixe hundred theescore and sixe talentes of golde, 1 Kings 10:15 Besydes that he had of marchauntes, and of the marchaundises of the spices, and of all the kinges of Arabia, & of the lordes of the countrey.

His targets.

1 Kings 10:16 And king Solomon made two hundred targettes of beaten golde: sixe hundred sicles of golde went to a target. 1 Kings 10:17 And he made three hundred shieldes of beaten golde: three pounde of gold went to one shielde, and the king put them in the house of the wood of Libanon.

The throne of ivory.

1 Kings 10:18 And the king made a great seate of iuorie, and couered it with the best golde. 1 Kings 10:19 And the seate had sixe steppes, and the toppe of the seate was rounde behinde, & there were pommelles on either syde on the place of the seate, and two lions stoode besyde the pommelles. 1 Kings 10:20 And there stoode twelue lions on the steppes, sixe on a syde: There was none lyke worke seene in any kingdome.

His vessels.

1 Kings 10:21 And al king Solomons drinking vessels were of golde, and lykewyse all the vessels of the house of the wood of Libanon were of pure golde: And as for siluer, it was nothing worth in the dayes of Solomon: 1 Kings 10:22 For the kinges nauie of shippes went on the sea vnto Tharsis with the nauie of Hirams shippes: euen once in three yeres went the nauie to Tharsis, and brought golde and siluer, Elephantes teeth, apes, and pecockes. 1 Kings 10:23 And so king Solomon exceeded al the kinges of the earth both in ryches and wysdome.

His presents.

1 Kings 10:24 And all the worlde resorted to Solomon, to heare his wysdome which God had put in his heart: 1 Kings 10:25 And brought him euery man his present, vessels of siluer, & vessels of golde, rayment, harnesse, and sweete odours, and horses, and mules, yere by yere.

His chariots and horse.

1 Kings 10:26 And Solomon gathered together charettes and horsemen: and he had a thousande and foure hundred charettes, and twelue thousande horsemen, whom he bestowed in the charet cities, and with the king at Hierusalem. 1 Kings 10:27 And the king made siluer in Hierusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar as plenteous as the wilde fegge trees that growe aboundauntly in the fieldes.

His tribute.

1 Kings 10:28 Also Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and fine linnen: the kinges marchauntes receaued the linnen for a price. 1 Kings 10:29 A charet came vp out of Egypt for sixe hundred sicles of siluer, that is, one horse for an hundred and fiftie: And euen so for al the kinges of the Hethites, and for the kinges of Siria, did they bring them out through their handes.

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