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2 Chronicles 9:1

Solomon Entertains a Queen

9:1 When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon, 1  she came to challenge 2  him 3  with difficult questions. 4  She arrived in Jerusalem 5  with a great display of pomp, 6  bringing with her camels carrying spices, 7  a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems. She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind.

2 Chronicles 9:4-8

9:4 the food in his banquet hall, 8  his servants and attendants 9  in their robes, his cupbearers in their robes, and his burnt sacrifices which he presented in the Lord’s temple, 10  she was amazed. 11  9:5 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your wise sayings and insight 12  was true! 9:6 I did not believe these things until I came and saw them with my own eyes. Indeed, I didn’t hear even half the story! 13  Your wisdom surpasses what was reported to me. 9:7 Your attendants, who stand before you at all times and hear your wise sayings, are truly happy! 14  9:8 May the Lord your God be praised because he favored 15  you by placing you on his throne as the one ruling on his behalf! 16  Because of your God’s love for Israel and his lasting commitment to them, 17  he made you king over them so you could make just and right decisions.” 18 

2 Chronicles 9:23-24

9:23 All the kings of the earth wanted to visit Solomon to see him display his God-given wisdom. 19  9:24 Year after year visitors brought their gifts, which included items of silver, items of gold, clothes, perfume, spices, horses, and mules. 20 

1 tn Heb “the report about Solomon.”

2 tn Or “test.”

3 tn Heb “Solomon.” The recurrence of the proper name here is redundant in terms of contemporary English style, so the pronoun has been used in the translation instead.

4 tn Or “riddles.”

5 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

6 tn Heb “with very great strength.” The Hebrew word חַיִל (khayil, “strength”) may refer here to the size of her retinue or to the great wealth she brought with her.

7 tn Or “balsam oil.”

8 tn Heb “the food on his table.”

9 tn Heb “the seating of his servants and the standing of his attendants.”

10 tc The Hebrew text has here, “and his upper room [by] which he was going up to the house of the Lord.” But עֲלִיָּתוֹ (’aliyyato, “his upper room”) should be emended to עֹלָתוֹ, (’olato, “his burnt sacrifice[s]”). See the parallel account in 1 Kgs 10:5.

11 tn Or “it took her breath away”; Heb “there was no breath still in her.”

12 tn Heb “about your words [or perhaps, “deeds”] and your wisdom.”

13 tn Heb “the half was not told to me.”

14 tn Heb “How happy are your men! How happy are these servants of yours, who stand before you continually, who hear your wisdom!”

15 tn Or “delighted in.”

16 tn Heb “as king for the Lord your God.”

17 tn Heb “to make him stand permanently.”

18 tn Heb “to do justice and righteousness.”

19 tn Heb “and all the kings of the earth were seeking the face of Solomon to hear his wisdom which God had placed in his heart.”

20 tn Heb “and they were bringing each one his gift, items of silver…and mules, the matter of a year in a year.”

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