The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 9:1–31

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And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great train, and camels that bore spices and gold in abundance, and precious stones; and when she was come to Solomon, she spoke with him of all that was in her heart.

And the queen of Saba heard of the name of Solomon, and she came to Jerusalem with a very large force, to prove Solomon with hard questions, and she had camels bearing spices in abundance, and gold, and precious stones: and she came to Solomon, and told him all that was in her mind.

Also, when the queen of Sheba had heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem, with great riches and with camels which were carrying aromatics, and very much gold, and precious gems, so that she might test him with enigmas. And when she had approached Solomon, she spoke to him all that was in her heart.

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And Solomon told her all her questions; and there was not any thing hid from Solomon which he told her not.

And Solomon explained for her all that she had proposed. And there was nothing that he did not make clear to her.

And King Solomon told her every secret that was in her heart; and there was nothing hidden from the king which he could not tell her.

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And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,

And after she saw these things, specifically, the wisdom of Solomon, and the house which he had built,

and the food of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of YHWH; there was no more spirit in her.

indeed also the foods of his table, and the habitations of the servants, and the duties of his ministers, and their apparel, and also his cupbearers and their garments, and the victims which he was immolating in the house of the Lord, there was no longer any spirit in her, due to astonishment.

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And she said to the king: 'It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom.

And she said to King Solomon, It was a true report which I heard in my own land of your acts and of your wisdom;

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Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it; and, behold, the half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me; thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

Yet I believed not the reports until I came, and my eyes saw: and, behold, the half of the abundance of thy wisdom was not told me: thou hast exceeded the report which I heard.

I did not believe those who described it, until I had arrived and my eyes had seen, and I had proven that not even half of your wisdom had been described to me. You have exceeded your fame with your virtue.

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Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, that stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.

Blessed are thy men, blessed are these thy servants, who stand before thee continually, and hear thy wisdom.

Happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom.

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Blessed be YHWH thy God, who delighted in thee, to set thee on His throne, to be king for the YHWH thy God; because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made He thee king over them, to do justice and righteousness.'

Blessed is the Lord your God, who willed to set you upon his throne as a king for the Lord your God. Since God loves Israel, he wishes to preserve them unto eternity. For this reason, he appointed you as king over them, so that you may accomplish judgment and justice.”

And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and spices in great abundance, and precious stones; neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.

Then she gave to the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, and an exceedingly great abundance of aromatics, and very precious gems. Never were there such aromatics as those that the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.

10  And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon that brought gold from Ophir, brought sandal-wood and precious stones.

10  Then too, the servants of Hiram, with the servants of Solomon, brought gold from Ophir, and wood from thyine trees, and very precious gems.

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11  And the king made of the sandal-wood paths for the house of YHWH, and for the king's house, and harps and psalteries for the singers; and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

11  And they also brought algum wood for stools for the house of the LORD and for the house of King Solomon, and harps for singers, and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

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12  And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went to her own land, she and her servants.

12  Then king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, and all that she requested, and much more than what she had brought to him. And returning, she went away to her own land with her servants.

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13  Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold;

13  And the weight of the gold that was brought to Solomon in one year was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold,

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14  beside that which the traffickers and merchants brought; and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

14  besides what the men who were regularly appointed and the merchants brought, and all the kings of Arabia and princes of the land: all brought gold and silver to king Solomon.

14  apart from the sum that the legates of various nations and the merchants were accustomed to bring, and apart from the gold and silver that all the kings of Arabia, and the princes of the lands, were bringing together for Solomon.

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15  And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target;

15  And so, king Solomon made two hundred gold spears, from six hundred gold pieces, the amount used for each spear,

16  three hundred shields of beaten gold also: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield; and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

16  and also three hundred gold shields, from three hundred gold pieces, which covered each shield. And the king placed them in the armory, which was situated in a forest.

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17  Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold.

17  And the king made a great throne of ivory, and he gilded it with pure gold.

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18  And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and arms on either side by the place of the seat, and two lions standing beside the arms.

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19  And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps; there was not the like made in any kingdom.

19  Moreover, there were twelve additional little lions standing upon the six steps on both sides. There was no similar throne in all the kingdoms.

20  And all king Solomon's drinking-vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; silver was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

20  Also, all the vessels for the feasts of the king were of gold, and the vessels of the forest house of Lebanon were from the purest gold. For silver in those days was considered as nothing.

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21  For the king had ships that went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram; once every three years came the ships of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

21  For a ship went for the king to Tharsis with the servants of Chiram: once every three years came vessels from Tharsis to the king, laden with gold, and silver, and ivory, and apes.

21  For indeed, the ships of the king went to Tarshish, with the servants of Hiram, once every three years. And they brought from there gold, and silver, and ivory, and primates, and peacocks.

22  So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

22  And Solomon exceeded all other kings both in riches and wisdom.

22  And so, Solomon was magnified above all the kings of the earth in wealth and glory.

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23  And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

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24  And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

24  And they were bringing to him gifts, vessels of silver and of gold, and garments, and armor, and aromatics, and horses, and mules, throughout each year.

25  And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, that he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.

25  Also, Solomon had forty thousand horses in the stables, and twelve thousand chariots and horsemen, and he appointed them to the cities of the chariots, and where the king was in Jerusalem.

26  And he ruled over all the kings from the River even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt.

26  Now he also exercised authority over all the kings from the river Euphrates as far as the land of the Philistines, and as far as the borders of Egypt.

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27  And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycamore-trees that are in the Lowland, for abundance.

27  And he brought forth so much silver that it was as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones. And cedar trees were as great in number as the sycamores that spring up in the plains.

27  And King Solomon made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar trees as the sand that is by the sea in abundance.

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28  And they brought horses for Solomon out of Egypt, and out of all lands.

28  And Solomon imported horses from Egypt, and from every other country.

28  And horses were brought to him from Egypt and from every region.

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29  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the words of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Jedo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat?

30  And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

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31  And Solomon slept with his fathers; they buried him in the city of David his father; and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

31  And he slept with his fathers. And they buried him in the City of David. And his son, Rehoboam, reigned in his place.