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.
Along with Hiram’s fleet, the king had a fleet of large merchant ships 1 that sailed the sea. Once every three years the fleet 2 came into port with cargoes of 3 gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 4
The messengers came again and said, “This is what Ben Hadad says, ‘I sent this message to you, “You must give me your silver, gold, wives, and sons.”
Pharaoh Necho imprisoned him in Riblah in the land of Hamath and prevented him from ruling in Jerusalem. 1 He imposed on the land a special tax 2 of one hundred talents 3 of silver and a talent of gold.
Nebuchadnezzar 1 took from there all the riches in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace. He removed all the gold items which King Solomon of Israel had made for the Lord’s temple, just as the Lord had warned.
Now, to show my commitment to the temple of my God, I donate my personal treasure of gold and silver to the temple of my God, in addition to all that I have already supplied for this holy temple.
When Solomon had finished constructing the Lord’s temple, he put the holy items that belonged to his father David (the silver, gold, and all the other articles) in the treasuries of God’s temple.
Huram sent him ships and some of his sailors, men who were well acquainted with the sea. They sailed with Solomon’s men to Ophir, 1 and took from there 450 talents 2 of gold, which they brought back to King Solomon.
The king had a fleet of large merchant ships 1 manned by Huram’s men 2 that sailed the sea. Once every three years the fleet 3 came into port with cargoes of 4 gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. 5
He took away all the gold and silver, all the items found in God’s temple that were in the care of Obed-Edom, the riches in the royal palace, and some hostages. Then he went back to Samaria.
Anyone who survives in any of those places where he is a resident foreigner must be helped by his neighbors 1 with silver, gold, equipment, and animals, along with voluntary offerings for the temple of God which is in Jerusalem.’”
I also amassed silver and gold for myself, as well as valuable treasures 1 taken from kingdoms and provinces. 2 I acquired male singers and female singers for myself, and what gives a man sensual delight 3 – a harem of beautiful concubines! 4
Instead of bronze, I will bring you gold, instead of iron, I will bring you silver, instead of wood, I will bring you 1 bronze, instead of stones, I will bring you 2 iron. I will make prosperity 3 your overseer, and vindication your sovereign ruler. 4
You also took your beautiful jewelry, made of my gold and my silver I had given to you, and made for yourself male images and engaged in prostitution 1 with them.