Then the woman went to all the people with her wise advice and they cut off Sheba’s head and threw it out to Joab. Joab 1 blew the trumpet, and his men 2 dispersed from the city, each going to his own home. 3 Joab returned to the king in Jerusalem.
Even these men 1 stagger because of wine, they stumble around because of beer – priests and prophets stagger because of beer, they are confused 2 because of wine, they stumble around because of beer; they stagger while seeing prophetic visions, 3 they totter while making legal decisions. 4
Now a wicked man 1 named Sheba son of Bicri, a Benjaminite, 2 happened to be there. He blew the trumpet 3 and said, “We have no share in David; we have no inheritance in this son of Jesse! Every man go home, 4 O Israel!”
Then David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba son of Bicri will cause greater disaster for us than Absalom did! Take your lord’s servants and pursue him. Otherwise he will secure 1 fortified cities for himself and get away from us.”
Amasa did not protect himself from the knife in Joab’s other hand, and Joab 1 stabbed him in the abdomen, causing Amasa’s 2 intestines to spill out on the ground. There was no need to stab him again; the first blow was fatal. 3 Then Joab and his brother Abishai pursued Sheba son of Bicri.
That’s not the way things are. There is a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Sheba son of Bicri. He has rebelled 1 against King David. Give me just this one man, and I will leave the city.” The woman said to Joab, “This very minute 2 his head will be thrown over the wall to you!”
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.
Sheba and Dedan and the traders of Tarshish with all its young warriors 1 will say to you, “Have you come to loot? Have you assembled your armies to plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to haul away a great amount of spoils?”’
Now be careful! Do not drink wine or beer, and do not eat any food that will make you ritually unclean. 1
They no longer sing and drink wine; 1 the beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.
Then you may spend the money however you wish for cattle, sheep, wine, beer, or whatever you desire. You and your household may eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and enjoy it.