9:28 They sailed 1 to Ophir, took from there four hundred twenty talents 2 of gold, and then brought them to King Solomon.
1 Kings 10:11Context
10:11 (Hiram’s fleet, which carried gold from Ophir, also brought from Ophir a very large quantity of fine timber and precious gems.
1 Kings 22:48Context
22:48 Jehoshaphat built a fleet of large merchant ships 3 to travel to Ophir for gold, but they never made the voyage because they were shipwrecked in Ezion Geber.
1 tn Heb “went.”
2 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 31,500 pounds of gold (cf. NCV); CEV, NLT “sixteen tons”; TEV “more than 14,000 kilogrammes.”
3 tn Heb “a fleet of Tarshish [ships].” This probably refers to large ships either made in or capable of traveling to the distant western port of Tarshish.