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1 Kings 10:14-29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Solomon’s Wealth

14 The weight of gold that came to Solomon annually was 25 tons,[a] 15 besides what came from merchants, traders’ merchandise, and all the Arabian kings and governors of the land.

16 King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold; 15 pounds[b] of gold went into each shield. 17 He made 300 small shields of hammered gold; about four pounds[c] of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.

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 were pure gold. There was no silver, since it was considered as nothing in Solomon’s time, 22 for the king had ships of Tarshish 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]

23 King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and in wisdom. 24 The whole world wanted an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart. 25 Every man would bring his annual tribute: items[e] of silver and gold, clothing, weapons,[f] spices, and horses and mules.

26 Solomon accumulated 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen and stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as abundant as sycamore in the Judean foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and Kue.[g] The king’s traders bought them from Kue at the going price. 29 A chariot was imported from Egypt for 15 pounds[h] of silver, and a horse for about four pounds.[i] In the same way, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Aram through their agents.


  1. 1 Kings 10:14 Lit 666 talents
  2. 1 Kings 10:16 Lit 600 (shekels)
  3. 1 Kings 10:17 Lit three minas
  4. 1 Kings 10:22 Or baboons
  5. 1 Kings 10:25 Or vessels, or weapons
  6. 1 Kings 10:25 Or fragrant balsam
  7. 1 Kings 10:28 = Cilicia
  8. 1 Kings 10:29 Lit 600 shekels
  9. 1 Kings 10:29 Lit 150 shekels

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