2 Chronicles 9
The queen of Sheba admireth the wisdom of Solomon.
2 Chronicles 9:1 And when the queene of Saba hearde of the fame of Solomon, she came to proue him in hard questions at Hierusalem, with a verie great companie, with camels that bare spices, and plentie of golde, and precious stones: And when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that she had in her heart. 2 Chronicles 9:2 And Solomon soyled her all her questions: and there was not one word hyd from Solomon, which he tolde her not. 2 Chronicles 9:3 And when the queene of Saba had seene the wisdome of Solomon, and the house that he had buylt, 2 Chronicles 9:4 And the meate of his table, the sitting of his seruauntes, and the standing of his wayters, their apparell, his butlars, their apparell, his goyng vp by the whiche he went into the house of Lord: there was no more spirite in her. 2 Chronicles 9:5 And she sayde to the king: The saying which I hearde in myne owne lande of thyne actes and of thy wisdome, is true. 2 Chronicles 9:6 I beleued not the wordes of them, vntill I came and myne eyes had seene it: And beholde, the one halfe of thy wysdome was not tolde me: for thou exceedest the same that I hearde. 2 Chronicles 9:7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy seruauntes which stand before thee alway, and heare thy wysdome. 2 Chronicles 9:8 Blessed be the Lorde thy God, whiche had lust to thee, to set thee [king] on his seate, that thou mightest be king for the Lord thy God: because thy God loueth Israel [and hath delyte] to make them continue euer, therefore made he thee king ouer them, to do right and equitie. 2 Chronicles 9:9 And she gaue the king an hundred and twentie talentes of golde, and of spices exceeding great aboundaunce, and precious stones: neither was ther any more such spyce as the queene of Saba gaue king Solomon. 2 Chronicles 9:10 And the seruauntes of Hiram and the seruauntes of Solomon which brought gold from Ophir, brought also Algume wood and precious stones. 2 Chronicles 9:11 And the king made of the Algume wood stayres in the house of the Lorde and in the kinges palace, & harpes, and psalteries for singers: And there was none such wood seene before in the land of Iuda. 2 Chronicles 9:12 And king Solomon gaue to the queene of Saba euery pleasant thing that she asked, besides that which she had brought vnto the king: And so she turned and went away to her owne lande with her seruauntes.
2 Chronicles 9:13 The waight of golde that came to Solomon in one yere, was sixe hundred threescore and sixe talentes of golde: 2 Chronicles 9:14 Besides that which chapmen & marchauntes brought: and all the kinges of Arabia and rulers of that countrey brought golde and siluer to Solomon.
2 Chronicles 9:15 And king Solomon made two hundred tarkets of beaten golde: and sixe hundred sicles of beaten golde were spet vpon one target. 2 Chronicles 9:16 And three hundred shieldes made he of beaten golde, & one shielde cost three hundred peeces of golde: and the king put them in the house that was in the forest of Libanon.
The throne of irvory.
2 Chronicles 9:17 And the king made a great seate of yuory, & ouerlayde it with pure golde. 2 Chronicles 9:18 And there were sixe steps to the seate, with a footestoole of golde fastened to the seate: and pommels on eche syde of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the pommels. 2 Chronicles 9:19 And twelue lions stoode on the one side and on the other vpon the sixe steppes: so that there was no such worke made in any kingdome.
2 Chronicles 9:20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of golde, and al the vessels of the house that was in the forest of Libanon were of precious golde: for siluer was counted nothing worth in the dayes of Solomon. 2 Chronicles 9:21 For the kinges shippes went to Tharsis with the seruauntes of Hiram, euery three yeres once came the shippes to Tharsis, and brought golde, siluer, yuorie, and apes, and pecockes. 2 Chronicles 9:22 And king Solomon passed all the kinges of the earth, in richesse & wysedome.
2 Chronicles 9:23 And all the kinges of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to heare his wysedome that God had put in his heart. 2 Chronicles 9:24 And they brought euery man his present, vessels of siuer, & vessels of golde, rayment, harnesse, spises, horses, and mules, and whatsoeuer might be gotten yere by yere.
His chariots and horse.
2 Chronicles 9:25 And Solomon had foure thousand stalles for horses, and charrettes, and twelue thousand horsemen: whom he bestowed in the charet cities, and [some were] with the king at Hierusalem.
2 Chronicles 9:26 And he raigned ouer all the kinges that were from Euphrates, vnto the lande of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 2 Chronicles 9:27 And the king made siluer in Hierusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar trees as plenteous as ye Mulberie trees that growe in the valleys: 2 Chronicles 9:28 And they brought vnto Solomon horses, out of Egypt, and out of all landes.
His reign and death.
2 Chronicles 9:29 The rest of the actes of king Solomon first and last, are they not written in the sayings of Nathan the prophete, and in the prophecie of Ahiah the Silonite, and in the visions of Iddo the sear of visions against Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat? 2 Chronicles 9:30 And Solomon raigned in Hierusalem vpon all Israel fouretie yeres. 2 Chronicles 9:31 And Solomon slept with his fathers: and they buried him in the citie of Dauid his father, & Rehoboam his sonne raigned in his steade.