The Queen of Sheba

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.

And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard. Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.” Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again came such an abundance of spices as these that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. 1 Kings 10:1-10.

God not only blessed Solomon, but caused others to bless him. It boggles the mind that so many rulers bestowed so much gold on Solomon. Unfortunately, this wealth would make them an irresistible target someday.

I also could not help but look up the Queen of Sheba. Not only is she rich and powerful, for how else can you travel with such riches, but she came to test Solomon’s wisdom. This sounds like someone who is quite intelligent herself, and not used to hearing about someone smarter than she. History gives us a blurred image. She may have been from Yemin, or Somalia. This gives our imaginations at least two very different pictures. I will link the article I read here.

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