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1 Kings 10:14-29 International Standard Version (ISV)

Solomon’s Wealth

14 Solomon’s annual revenue was 666 talents[a] of gold, 15 not including revenue from traders, merchants, and from all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the land. 16 King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold, overlaying each large shield with the gold from 600 gold pieces,[b] 17 and 300 shields from beaten gold, overlaying each shield with the gold from 300 gold pieces.[c] The king put them in his palace in the Lebanon forest. 18 The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with pure gold. 19 Six steps led up to the throne, which had a round canopy fastened to the rear of the throne and armrests on each side of the seat and two lions standing on either side of each armrest. 20 Twelve lions were placed on both sides of the six steps leading to the throne,[d] and nothing comparable was made for any other[e] kingdoms. 21 All of King Solomon’s drinking vessels were made of[f] gold, and all the vessels in his palace in the Lebanon forest were made of[g] pure gold. None were of silver, because silver was never considered to be valuable during Solomon’s lifetime, 22 because the king had ships that sailed to Tarshish accompanied by Hiram’s ships. Once every three years ships from Tarshish returned, bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 23 As a result, King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in regards to wealth and wisdom. 24 All the earth continued to seek audiences with Solomon so they could hear the wise things that God had put in his heart. 25 Everyone kept on bringing gifts on an annual basis, including items made of silver and gold, garments, myrrh, spices, horses, and mules. 26 Solomon accumulated chariots and cavalry. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 cavalry soldiers. He stationed them in various chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common as[h] stones in Jerusalem, and made cedar trees as abundant as sycamore[i] trees in the Shephelah.[j] 28 Solomon imported horses from Egypt and Kue, and the king’s buyers procured them at market price from Kue. 29 A chariot from Egypt cost 600 pieces[k] of silver, and a horse 150 pieces of silver,[l] but then they were exported to all the Hittite kings and to the Aramean kings.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 10:14 I.e. about 49,950 pounds; a talent weighed about 75 pounds
  2. 1 Kings 10:16 MT does not identify the individual unit of measure
  3. 1 Kings 10:17 MT does not identify the individual unit of measure
  4. 1 Kings 10:20 The Heb. lacks leading to the throne
  5. 1 Kings 10:20 The Heb. lacks other
  6. 1 Kings 10:21 The Heb. lacks made of
  7. 1 Kings 10:21 The Heb. lacks made of
  8. 1 Kings 10:27 The Heb. lacks as common as
  9. 1 Kings 10:27 The sycamore fruit tree native to Israel bears figs
  10. 1 Kings 10:27 I.e. the verdant central lowlands of Israel; cf. Josh 10:40
  11. 1 Kings 10:29 The denomination of silver coin is not specified.
  12. 1 Kings 10:29 The Heb. lacks pieces of silver
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1 Kings 10:14-29 New International Version (NIV)

Solomon’s Splendor

14 The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,[a] 15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.

16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels[b] of gold went into each shield. 17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minas[c] of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.

18 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them. 20 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom. 21 All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days. 22 The king had a fleet of trading ships[d] at sea along with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.

23 King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a gift—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.

26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,[e] which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue[f]—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.[g] They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Kings 10:14 That is, about 25 tons or about 23 metric tons
  2. 1 Kings 10:16 That is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms; also in verse 29
  3. 1 Kings 10:17 That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms; or perhaps reference is to double minas, that is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms.
  4. 1 Kings 10:22 Hebrew of ships of Tarshish
  5. 1 Kings 10:26 Or charioteers
  6. 1 Kings 10:28 Probably Cilicia
  7. 1 Kings 10:29 That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms
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2 Chronicles 1:14-17 International Standard Version (ISV)

14 Solomon amassed both chariots and horsemen: he owned 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, stationing them in armories[a] and with the king in Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and made cedar[b] trees as plentiful as sycamore[c] trees that grow in the Shephelah.[d] 16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue; the king’s procurement officials obtained them from Kue at great[e] price. 17 Chariots were imported from Egypt for 600 shekels[f] each, and horses cost 150 shekels[g] each, and then they exported them to all of the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Aram.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 1:14 Lit. in chariot cities
  2. 2 Chronicles 1:15 I.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae; and so throughout the book
  3. 2 Chronicles 1:15 The sycamore fruit tree native to Israel bears figs
  4. 2 Chronicles 1:15 I.e. the verdant central lowlands of Israel; cf. Josh 10:40
  5. 2 Chronicles 1:16 The Heb. lacks great
  6. 2 Chronicles 1:17 The Heb. lacks shekels
  7. 2 Chronicles 1:17 The Heb. lacks shekels
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2 Chronicles 1:14-17 New International Version (NIV)

14 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses; he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,[a] which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 15 The king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. 16 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue[b]—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 17 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels[c] of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.[d] They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Chronicles 1:14 Or charioteers
  2. 2 Chronicles 1:16 Probably Cilicia
  3. 2 Chronicles 1:17 That is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms
  4. 2 Chronicles 1:17 That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms
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