10:2 She arrived in Jerusalem 1 with a great display of pomp, 2 bringing with her camels carrying spices, 3 a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind.
1 Kings 10:10Context
10:10 She gave the king 120 talents 4 of gold, a very large quantity of spices, and precious gems. The quantity of spices the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon has never been matched. 5
2 tn Heb “with very great strength.” The Hebrew term חַיִל (khayil, “strength”) may refer here to the size of her retinue (cf. NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV) or to the great wealth she brought with her.
3 tn Or “balsam oil.”
4 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 9,000 pounds of gold (cf. NCV, NLT); CEV “five tons”; TEV “4,000 kilogrammes.”
5 tn Heb “there has not come like those spices yet for quantity which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.”