1 Kings 10

1 Kings 10:4-7
10:4 When the queen of Sheba saw [in Solomon’s answers to her questions and in his administration of the kingdom] all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built [the palace was mute testimony to Solomon’s power and organizational genius],

10:5 [Solomon’s organizational genius was obvious in every detail the queen of Sheba observed] the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD, she was overwhelmed [literally “there was no more spirit in her”; the grandeur of all she saw took her breath away; queen later acknowledged source of Solomon’s wisdom and honor (10:9)].

10:6 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.

10:7 But I did not believe [she had been skeptical about what she had heard about Solomon] these things until I came and saw with my own eyes [she took the time to personally investigate]. Indeed, not even half [the reports she had heard were clearly understated] was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.

1 Kings 10:14-15
10:14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents [almost 25 tons of gold; talent roughly equivalent to 75 pounds],

10:15 not including [Solomon had other sources of income] the revenues from merchants and traders [taxes levied on those who moved their merchandise through Solomon’s territory] and from all the Arabian kings [tribal chiefs in the desert to the south and east of Jerusalem; they paid tribute to Solomon] and the governors of the land.

1 Kings 10:22
10:22 The king had a fleet of trading ships [“trading ships” translates Heb. word “Tarshish” which was a trading center somewhere in the western Mediterranean Sea (some believed it was a port in southern Spain); ships that could travel as far as Tarshish came to be called “Tarshish” which means “large trading vessels”; Solomon constructed fleet of ships at Ezion Geber (cf. 1 Kings 9:26)] at sea along with the ships of Hiram[king of Tyre (1 Kings 5:1); both Solomon and Hiram benefited from this alliance]. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.

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