King Hiram supplied experienced sailors to accompany Solomon’s crews. They used to sail back and forth from Ophir, bringing gold to King Solomon, the total value of which was several million dollars each trip.
And ships! King Solomon also built ships at Ezion Geber, located near Elath in Edom on the Red Sea. Hiram sent seaworthy sailors to assist Solomon’s men with the fleet. They embarked for Ophir, brought back sixteen tons of gold, and presented it to King Solomon.
and when they had come into Ophir, they brought from thence gold of four hundred and twenty talents to king Solomon. (and when they had gone to Ophir, they brought back gold from there worth four hundred and twenty talents for King Solomon.)
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