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1 Kings 10:11-12 New English Translation (NET Bible)

11 (Hiram’s fleet, which carried gold from Ophir, also brought from Ophir a very large quantity of fine timber and precious gems. 12 With the timber the king made supports[a] for the Lord’s temple and for the royal palace and stringed instruments[b] for the musicians. No one has seen so much of this fine timber to this very day.[c])


  1. 1 Kings 10:12 tn This Hebrew architectural term occurs only here. The meaning is uncertain; some have suggested “banisters” or “parapets”; cf. TEV, NLT “railings.” The parallel passage in 2 Chr 9:11 has a different word, meaning “tracks,” or perhaps “steps.”
  2. 1 Kings 10:12 tn Two types of stringed instruments are specifically mentioned, the כִּנּוֹר (kinnor, “zither” [?]), and נֶבֶל (nevel, “harp”).
  3. 1 Kings 10:12 tn Heb “there has not come thus, the fine timber, and there has not been seen to this day.”
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