¶ And the queen of Saba heard of the wisdom of Salomon concerning the name of the LORD, and came to prove him with riddles. And she came to Ierusalem with a mighty great multitude of Camels that bare sweet odours and gold exceeding much, and precious stones. And when she was come to Salomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Salomon expounded her all her questions, that there was not one thing hid from the king which he expounded her not. And when the queen of Saba had seen all Salomon's wisdom and the house that he had built, and the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the stonding of his servitors and their apparel, and his butlers and his sacrifice that he offered in the house of the LORD, she was astonied. Then she said to the king: the word I heard in mine own land of thy deeds and wisdom, is true. How be it I believed it not, till I came and saw it with mine eyes. And see, the one half was not told me: for thy wisdom and goodness exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men: and happy are these thy servants, which stond ever before thee and hear thy wisdom. And blessed be the LORD thy God which had a lust to thee, to set thee on the seat of Israel, because the LORD loved Israel for ever, and therefore made thee king, to do equity and righteousness. And she gave the king an hundredth and twenty talents of gold, and of sweet odours exceeding much, and precious stones. There came never after such abundance of sweet odors as the Queen of Saba gave to king Salomon. And thereto the ships of Hiram that brought gold from Ophir, brought from Ophir great plenty of Almuge trees and precious stones. And king Salomon made of the Almuge trees pillars in the house of the LORD in the king's palace, and made harps and psalteries for singers. There came no more Almuge trees so, nor was any more seen unto this day. And king Salomon gave unto the Queen of Saba all her desire that she asked of him: besides that he gave her with his own hand. And so she returned unto her own country with her servants.
¶ The weight of gold that came to Salomon in one year, was six hundredth three score and six talents of gold, besides that he had of chapmen and merchants of Poticaries and of all the kings of Araby and of the lords of the country. And king Salomon made two hundredth bucklers of beaten gold, six hundredth sicles of gold went to a buckler. And he made three hundredth shields of beaten gold, three pounds of gold going to a piece, and put them in the house of the wood of Libanon. And the king made a great seat of Ivory and covered it with precious gold. And the seat had six steps. And the top of the seat was round behind his back with pommels on either side on the place where he sat, and two Lions stonding beside the pommels. And there stood twelve lions on the steps, six on a side. There was none like seen in any kingdom. And all king Salomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the wood of Libanon were of pure gold. And as for silver it was nothing worth in the days of Salomon. For the sea ships which the king had in the sea, with the ships of Hiram, came every third year laden with gold, silver, Ivory, apes and peacocks. And so king Salomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the world resorted to Salomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. And brought him every man his present, vessels of silver and of gold, and of raiment, harness, sweet odours, horses and Mules, year by year. And Salomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: so that he had a thousand and four hundredth chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, which he bestowed in the chariot cities and with the king at Ierusalem. And the king made silver in Ierusalem as plenteous as stones, and Cedar as plenteous as mulberry trees that grow in the valleys. And Salomon's horses came out of Egypt from Keva: the merchants fetched them from Keva at a price. A chariot came out of Egypt for six hundredth sicles of silver, and an horse for an hundredth and fifty. And even so by the hands of the said merchants, horses were brought out for all the kings of the Hethites and for the kings of Syria.