Solomon’s Wealth

14 The weight(A) of gold that came to Solomon annually was twenty-five tons,[a] 15 besides what came from merchants,(B) traders’ merchandise, and all the Arabian kings and governors of the land.(C)

16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; fifteen pounds[b] of gold went into each shield. 17 He made three hundred small shields of hammered gold; nearly four pounds[c] of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.(D)

18 The king also made a large ivory throne and overlaid it with fine gold. 19 The throne had six steps; there was a rounded top at the back of the throne, armrests on either side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the armrests. 20 Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps, one at each end. Nothing like it had ever been made in any other kingdom.

21 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were gold, and all the utensils of the House of the Forest of Lebanon(E) were pure gold.(F) There was no silver, since it was considered as nothing in Solomon’s time, 22 for the king had ships of Tarshish(G) at sea with Hiram’s fleet, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.[d](H)

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Footnotes

  1. 10:14 Lit 666 talents
  2. 10:16 Lit 600 (shekels)
  3. 10:17 Lit three minas
  4. 10:22 Or baboons

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