The Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon

Queen of Sheba

1 Kings 10:1-13. The Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon and she was impressed with his wisdom and wealth.

The Queen of Sheba asked King Solomon a lot of questions to see if what she had heard about him was true.

The Queen of Sheba said “How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.”

Some scholars say the Queen of Sheba was also known as Queen Makeda who lived at the same time as King Solomon.

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The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

10:1 When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s reputation with the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions. 2 She brought along a large retinue, camels laden with spices, and lots of gold and precious stones. Upon her arrival, she spoke with Solomon about everything that was on her mind. 3 Solomon answered all of her questions. Nothing was hidden from Solomon that he did not explain to her. 4 When the queen of Sheba had seen all of Solomon’s wisdom for herself, the palace that he had built, 5 the food set at his table, his servants who sat with him, his ministers in attendance and how they were dressed, his personal staff and how they were dressed, and even his personal stairway by which he went up to the LORD’s Temple, she was breathless!

6 “Everything I heard about your wisdom and what you have to say is true!” she gasped, 7 “but I didn’t believe it at first! But then I came here and I’ve seen it for myself! It’s amazing! I wasn’t told half of what’s really great about your wisdom. You’re far better in person than what the reports have said about you! 8 How blessed are your staff! And how blessed are your employees, who serve you continuously and get to listen to your wisdom! 9 And blessed be the LORD your God, who is delighted with you! He set you in place on the throne of Israel because the LORD loved Israel forever. That’s why he made you to be king, so you could carry out justice and implement righteousness.”

10 Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, a vast quantity of spices, and precious stones. No spices ever came again that were comparable to those that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. 11 Hiram’s ships that brought gold from Ophir, also brought from Ophir lots of algum wood and precious stones. 12 The king used the algum wood to have supports made for the LORD’s Temple and for the royal palace, as well as lyres and harps for the choir, and nothing like that wood has ever come again or even been seen since right to this day. 13 In return, King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything she wanted and had requested in addition to what he had given her consistent with his generosity. Afterward, she returned to her own land with her servants.
1 Kings 10:1-13
Also read: 2nd Chronicles 9:1-12.

More Information:

Sheba could have been a kingdom that straddled the Straits of Bab el-Mandeb in what is now called Yemen and Ethiopia.
The Queen of Sheba could have traveled by dhow (a trading sailing vessel) or camel train on one of the many spice routes, or a combination of both. She took many presents of spices and wood to King Solomon.

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