2 Chronicles Chapter 9

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1: And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. edit

2: And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. edit

3: And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, edit

4: And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. edit

5: And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: edit

6: Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. edit

7: Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. edit

8: Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. edit

9: And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. edit

10: And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. edit

11: And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah. edit

12: And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants. edit

13: Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; edit

14: Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. edit

15: And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. edit

16: And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. edit

17: Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. edit

18: And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays: edit

19: And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom. edit

20: And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. edit

21: For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. edit

22: And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. edit

23: And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. edit

24: And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. edit

25: And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. edit

26: And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. edit

27: And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance. edit

28: And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands. edit

29: Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? edit

30: And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. edit

31: And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

Paraphrase of 2 Chron. 9

The Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon

The royal train seemed to stretch on miles in length. Like an invading army, over 700 of Sheba’s burly camels marched on towards Jerusalem. The Queen of Sheba was traveling all the way from Africa to see with her own eyes, the splendor of Solomon’s kingdom. As the convoy arrived within eyesight of the city walls, the entire company seemed to shrink in their midst, and not even the fine jewels and gold the carried stood out against the glow of the massive structures. “Surely”, the queen thought to herself, “ The stories of Solomon’s greatness and wisdom are true”. The monolithic gates opened up to city streets lined with crowds of curious on lookers. Jerusalem had seen many a royal convoy but none as great as this. Jewish men shoved their way into the chaotic reception attempting to catch a glimpse of the Queen, and consequently stepped on and over the beggars that had rooted themselves at the gates hoping to receive whatever fell of the caravan. An ambassador’s party from the Palace greeted the incoming guests at the front of the city with a grand welcome and led the queen and her personal attendees further into the city towards the palace. As king Solomon’s men further led the Queen into the city, she began to realize the grandeur of it all. Each stone on every building seemed to radiate light. The Israelites certainly were the most affluent of all nations. From the detail of the sculptures to its bustling markets, Jerusalem was the model for the rest of the world. The scenery would have been perfect if the Queen had not noticed the alarming number of beggars. Even at the city gates there seemed to be a considerable population of Jews who were separated from the rest. How peculiar it was that the most affluent nation of the world, under the rule of the wisest man ever to live had neglected those in its society who needed help. These observations raced through the Queen’s mind as they proceeded closer to the palace. She was under the impression that Israel’s God was one who was just, that’s what they claimed. She remembered the stories told to her about the escape of the Israelites from Egypt and how God protected his people and led them out of oppression and slavery. Certainly if the stories were true, the Jewish people would not neglect the people marginalized in their society. The turbulent journey to the palace finally stopped and one of Solomon’s servants walked from the outer courts and approached the group.“ King Solomon awaits you in the throne room.” He announced then beckoned the party into the palace gates. The queen and her personal attendees were lead through the courtyard doors and into the common area. Exotic plants seemed to cover the entire spectrum of color and filled the spaces that the palm trees, fountains, and did not cover. The sculptures appeared so real that they popped out of the walls they were engraved in. The queen was left breathless, for she had traveled all over the world and not seen any garden as beautiful as this. The group crossed the courtyard and entered the great hallway that led to Solomon’s throne room. The more the queen saw of Solomon’s kingdom she began to realize that Israel’s God truly had his hand on them. The doors to the throne room burst open and a thunderous applause erupted. Hundreds of magistrate’s, generals, and governors had flooded the gigantic room in anticipation of the Queen’s arrival. The scene was breathtaking, even more so than the outer courts of the palace. Across the atrium Solomon was sitting on his throne. The throne itself was enough to keep anyone occupied with but the queen was much more interested in Solomon himself. From afar he appeared to be an ordinary man, his garments were kingly yet simple, and his stature was average, Still there was so much lore surrounding this man, and having witnessed the splendor of Israel so far the queen was beginning to believe it. Suddenly the room fell silent and King Solomon stood up from his throne. “Welcome” Solomon’s voiced boomed carried throughout the entire hall. “We are honored to have you as our guest your highness.” A Pathway was made to the throne and the queen approached Solomon where he was standing. Although she couldn’t tell from far away as she was able tog et a better view of the King, it began to be very clear why so many women, over 700 wives, had fallen in love with him. His presence seemed to radiate wisdom and experience, from his gray hairs to his worn and wrinkled face, yet he could still pass as the most beautiful being in the world. As the queen reached the throne Solomon continued. “ I know that the journey was a grueling one and that you and your party must be exhausted. Why not let me servants take you to your quarters so that you may rest before the feast tonight? “ The queen obliged and was led to her quarters that she would stay in for the remainder of her time there. No sooner had the queen fallen asleep was she woken up by one of Solomon’s servants. “My lady, King Solomon requests your presence in the dining hall.” The servant turned around and limped off, and the queen prepared for the feast. The tables were filled with every food imaginable and some that weren’t. Although there were many people in the hall, the amount of food still looked superfluous. Once again the queens thoughts were set upon the beggars she had seen throughout the streets of Jerusalem. She looked across the table at King Solomon and struck up a conversation. “ O great king. I have heard that you are very wise and that your kingdom reflects the greatness of your wisdom, and I see that is true. I also know that the Lord your God has given all this to you. If this is true than why do the beggars and the lame of the city suffer while we feast in excess?” It was a bold question to challenge the king on how he ruled over his country but instead of an outburst of anger, Solomon reacted with a contemplative tone. “ You are right in what you have observed your majesty. And though you demonstrate your wisdom and understanding in what you say. There are many who are neglected in Israel now and they are ignored by my own ears.” The king and queen continued on in conversation, discussing ways to provide for the impoverished as well as other stately matters, The Queen stayed for 3 more weeks in the hospitality of Solomon. Seeing with her own eyes the legend and myths surrounding Solomon were true, she was satisfied and ready to return back to Sheba. Although she had brought a considerable wealth from Sheba to Israel, Solomon blessed her back with a treasure twice it’s size to take home. From then on another story was told of Solomon and his kingdom. It was a story of a King who cared for the poor of society as well as the wealthy, and of the heathen queen whom God used to bring about this change. edit

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