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Thursday, August 7 2014

2 Chronicles 9: The Queen of Sheba's Gold

"King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had brought unto the king"

The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon is one of the most well-known events of Bible history. It was however, like many other occurrences in the Scriptures, the basis of a prophetic lesson that will be fulfilled in the time of the end (see the Fact Finder question below).

The Visit Of The Queen Of Sheba

"9:1 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. 9:2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 9:3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 9:4 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.

9:5 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: 9:6 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. 9:7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. 9:8 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.

9:9 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.

9:10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 9:11 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.

9:12 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." (2 Chronicles 9:1-12 KJV)

The Queen of Sheba gave Solomon a great gift of gold that weighed "an hundred and twenty talents" - over four tons, worth over $200 million at today's gold prices. The gift was only a fraction of Solomon's annual intake of "six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold" - about 25 tons. Much of the gold was used in the palace and Temple (see also What Happened To All Of That Gold?).

"9:13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; 9:14 Beside that which chapmen and merchants brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

9:15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. 9:16 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.

9:17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. 9:18 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: 9:19 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. 9:20 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. 9:21 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.

9:22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 9:23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart. 9:24 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.

9:25 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. 9:26 And he reigned over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 9:27 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. 9:28 And they brought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands." (2 Chronicles 9:13-28 KJV)

"Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years." The first half of his reign was wise and noble (see Solomon's Wise Years). His later years were a descent into self-destructive liberalism (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?).

"9:29 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? 9:30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 9:31 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." (2 Chronicles 9:29-31 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ say about the Queen of Sheba?
See The Queen Of Sheba Prophecies


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This Day In History, August 7

322 BC: The Battle of Crannon between Macedon and Athens (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

117: The accession of Hadrian, the 14th Roman emperor, reigned 117-138 (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

355: Claudius Silvanus proclaimed himself Roman Emperor against Emperor Constantius II.

461: Roman Emperor Majorian was beheaded after his arrest by the magister militum Ricimer.

626: Avar and Slav forces left the siege of Constantinople.

936: The Coronation of King Otto I of Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation, Emperors and Popes and the photograph below).

German Roman Crown 991: The Danes under Olaf Tryggvason defeated the Saxons at Maldon.

1712: The Treaty of Aargau was signed which ended the Swiss War and guaranteed Protestant superiority over Catholic Cantons.

1718: The English fleet under Admiral George Byng destroyed or captured 15 out of 22 Spanish ships at the Battle of Cape Passaro off Sicily.

1786: Francis Light established the British colony of Penang, Malaysia.

1794: U.S. President George Washington invoked the Militia Law to suppress a rebellion by colonists in western Pennsylvania.

1804: Francis II became the first Emperor of Austria.

1858: The Eiger of the Bernese Alps was climbed for the first time.

1863: Cambodia became a French protectorate.

1906: In France, Eugene Lauste received the first patent for a "talking film."

1908: Britain's King Edward VII met with Germany's Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy.

1919: After the First World War, the constitution of the Weimar Republic was adopted in Germany.

1927: The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The last invasion of Canada, by any country, was by the U.S. during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). In starting the war, President James Madison publicly-declared that his objective was to attempt to destroy and annex Canada as a nation and subject its people to dictatorial rule from Washington (i.e. Madison's malignant threat, "surrender or be annihilated"). At the end of the war, the border remained where it was before Madison declared the war, and Madison's White House, along with much of Washington, was burned to the ground by Royal Marines in retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building and library in Toronto, Ontario earlier in the year.

1930: The last confirmed racist lynching in the northern U.S. occurred, in Marion, Indiana. Two black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were murdered by "Christian" white men.

1933: "The Assyrian Incident" - a massacre of Assyrian villagers (315 men, 4 women, 6 children) by Iraqi government forces.

1942: A German submarine sank the British Navy's HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.

1952: King Hussein of Jordan succeeded to the throne after his father, King Ala, was deposed. He reigned for 47 years, until his death in 1999.

1972: The last U.S. military forces withdrew from Vietnam. Soon thereafter, North Vietnam over-ran South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam civil war between north and south, thereby creating a single country free of foreign interference for the first time since colonial France divided Vietnam into North and South in the 1950s.

1979: Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities in Oxford County.

1981: The Washington Star ceased publication after 128 years.

1990: West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher's Free Democrats (FDP) merged with their liberal East German allies to become the first revived all-Germany political party.

1999: The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invaded the bordering Russian Republic of Dagestan.

2008: Georgia launched an invasion of South Ossetia, thereby starting the 2008 South Ossetia War.





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