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1 Kings 10

The Queen of Sheba

1Now when the queen of [a]Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with riddles. So she came to Jerusalem with a very large caravan (entourage), with camels carrying spices, a great quantity of gold, and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about everything that was on her mind [to discover the extent of his wisdom]. Solomon [b]answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king which he did not explain to her. When the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, and the house (palace) which he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants (court officials), the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, his [c]stairway by which he went up to the house (temple) of the Lord, she was breathless and awed [by the wonder of it all]. Then she told the king, “The report which I heard in my own land about your words and wisdom is true! I did not believe the report until I came and saw it with my own eyes. Behold, the half of it was not told to me. You exceed in wisdom and prosperity the report which I heard. How blessed (fortunate, happy) are your men! How blessed are these your servants who stand continually before you, hearing your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, He made you king to execute justice and righteousness.” 10 She gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again did such an abundance of spices come in [to Israel] as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.

11 Also the ships of Hiram, which brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir a great quantity of almug wood (sandalwood) and precious stones. 12 From the almug wood (sandalwood) the king made pillars for the house of the Lord and for the king’s palace, and also lyres and harps for the singers. Such almug wood did not come in [to Israel] again, nor has it been seen to this day.

13 King Solomon [in turn] gave to the queen of Sheba everything that she wanted, whatever she asked, besides what he gave to her [d]from his royal bounty. So she returned to her own country, she and her servants.

Wealth, Splendor and Wisdom

14 Now the weight of the gold that came to Solomon in one [particular] year was six hundred and sixty-six [e]talents of gold, 15 besides the taxes from the traders and from the wares of the merchants, and [the tribute money] from all the kings of the Arabs (Bedouins) and the governors of the country. 16 King Solomon made two hundred large shields of beaten (hammered) gold; [f]six hundred shekels of gold went into each shield. 17 He made three hundred smaller shields of beaten gold; [g]three minas of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon [the king’s armory]. 18 Also the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with the finest gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and a round [h]top was attached to the throne from the back. On either side of the seat were armrests, and two lions stood beside the armrests. 20 Twelve lions stood there, one on either end of each of the six steps; there was nothing like it made for any other kingdom. 21 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None were of silver; it was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon. 22 For the king had at sea the [large cargo] ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram. Once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold, silver, ivory, monkeys, and peacocks.

23 So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in wealth and in wisdom. 24 All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his mind. 25 Every man brought a gift [of tribute]: articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.

26 Now Solomon collected chariots and horsemen; he had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, which he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars as plentiful as the [i]sycamore trees that are in the lowland. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from [j]Kue, and the king’s merchants acquired them from Kue, for a price. 29 A chariot could be imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty; and in the same way they exported them, by the king’s merchants, to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Aram (Syria).

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Kings 10:1 The location of this ancient kingdom is uncertain, but may have included portions of modern Yemen and Ethiopia. The imperial family of Ethiopia claimed descent from a son supposedly born to Solomon and the queen of Sheba; however, there is no biblical evidence to support this claim. Ongoing archeological discoveries in Mareb, Yemen (Awam Temple) may support the area’s connection to the reign of the queen of Sheba. It has been suggested that she ruled southern Arabia and that the area being excavated was the capital of the Kingdom of Sheba.
  2. 1 Kings 10:3 Lit told her all her words.
  3. 1 Kings 10:5 Lit going up; or his burnt offering which he offered at.
  4. 1 Kings 10:13 Lit according to the hand of King Solomon. Following ancient custom for nobility and royalty, the king was obligated to give a visitor (especially a visiting dignitary) a greater gift than he received from the visitor. Solomon went far beyond custom in lavishing gifts on the queen.
  5. 1 Kings 10:14 It is impossible to determine the exact weight of a talent, in part because the Israelites had more than one measurement of a talent. Estimates range from 58-80 lbs. or higher, and the weight may have had to do with the amount an able-bodied man could carry of a given precious metal. Six hundred and sixty-six talents would have weighed at least 38,628 lbs.
  6. 1 Kings 10:16 Perhaps about twelve pounds. These shields were designed to cover a man. The gold probably overlaid wood or some other lighter material.
  7. 1 Kings 10:17 About three pounds.
  8. 1 Kings 10:19 Or canopy.
  9. 1 Kings 10:27 This tree, ficus sycomorus, is native to Egypt and Asia Minor and produces an edible fruit similar but inferior to the common fig.
  10. 1 Kings 10:28 This was an area which, in NT times, was called Cilicia, the home province of the apostle Paul.

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1 Reyes 10

La reina de Sabá visita a Salomón

1La reina de Sabá se enteró de la fama de Salomón, con la cual él honraba el nombre del Señor, así que fue a verlo para ponerlo a prueba con preguntas difíciles. Llegó a Jerusalén con un séquito muy grande. Sus camellos llevaban perfumes y grandes cantidades de oro y piedras preciosas. Al presentarse ante Salomón, le preguntó todo lo que tenía pensado, y él respondió a todas sus preguntas. No hubo ningún asunto, por difícil que fuera, que el rey no pudiera resolver.

4-5 La reina de Sabá se quedó atónita al ver la sabiduría de Salomón y el palacio que él había construido, los manjares de su mesa, los asientos que ocupaban sus funcionarios, el servicio y la ropa de los camareros, las bebidas, y los holocaustos que ofrecía en el templo[a] del Señor. Entonces le dijo al rey: «¡Todo lo que escuché en mi país acerca de tus triunfos y de tu sabiduría es cierto! No podía creer nada de eso hasta que vine y lo vi con mis propios ojos. Pero, en realidad, ¡no me habían contado ni siquiera la mitad! Tanto en sabiduría como en riqueza, superas todo lo que había oído decir. ¡Dichosos tus súbditos! ¡Dichosos estos servidores tuyos, que constantemente están en tu presencia bebiendo de tu sabiduría! ¡Y alabado sea el Señor tu Dios, que se ha deleitado en ti y te ha puesto en el trono de Israel! En su eterno amor por Israel, el Señor te ha hecho rey para que gobiernes con justicia y rectitud».

10 Luego la reina le regaló a Salomón tres mil novecientos sesenta kilos[b] de oro, piedras preciosas y gran cantidad de perfumes. Nunca más llegaron a Israel tantos perfumes como los que la reina de Sabá le obsequió al rey Salomón.

11 La flota de Hiram trajo desde Ofir, además del oro, grandes cargamentos de madera de sándalo y de piedras preciosas. 12 Con la madera, el rey construyó escalones[c] para el templo del Señor y para el palacio real, y también hizo arpas y liras para los músicos. Desde entonces, nunca más se ha importado, ni ha vuelto a verse, tanto sándalo como aquel día.

13 El rey Salomón, por su parte, le dio a la reina de Sabá todo lo que a ella se le antojó pedirle, además de lo que él, en su magnanimidad, ya le había regalado. Después de eso, la reina regresó a su país con todos los que la atendían.

El esplendor de Salomón

14 La cantidad de oro que Salomón recibía anualmente llegaba a los veintidós mil kilos,[d] 15 sin contar los impuestos aportados por los mercaderes, el tráfico comercial, y todos los reyes árabes y los gobernadores del país.

16 El rey Salomón hizo doscientos escudos grandes de oro batido, en cada uno de los cuales se emplearon unos seis kilos y medio[e] de oro. 17 Hizo además trescientos escudos más pequeños, también de oro batido, empleando en cada uno de ellos un kilo y medio[f] de oro. Estos escudos los puso el rey en el palacio llamado «Bosque del Líbano».

18 El rey hizo también un gran trono de marfil, recubierto de oro puro. 19 El trono tenía seis peldaños, un espaldar redondo, brazos a cada lado del asiento, dos leones de pie junto a los brazos 20 y doce leones de pie sobre los seis peldaños, uno en cada extremo. En ningún otro reino se había hecho algo semejante. 21 Todas las copas del rey Salomón y toda la vajilla del palacio «Bosque del Líbano» eran de oro puro. Nada estaba hecho de plata, pues en tiempos de Salomón la plata era poco apreciada. 22 Cada tres años, la flota comercial que el rey tenía en el mar, junto con la flota de Hiram, regresaba de Tarsis trayendo oro, plata y marfil, monos y mandriles.[g]

23 Tanto en riquezas como en sabiduría, el rey Salomón sobrepasó a los demás reyes de la tierra. 24 Todo el mundo procuraba visitarlo para oír la sabiduría que Dios le había dado, 25 y año tras año le llevaban regalos: artículos de plata y de oro, vestidos, armas y perfumes, y caballos y mulas.

26 Salomón multiplicó el número de sus carros de combate y sus caballos; llegó a tener mil cuatrocientos carros y doce mil caballos,[h] los cuales mantenía en las caballerizas y también en su palacio en Jerusalén. 27 El rey hizo que en Jerusalén la plata fuera tan común y corriente como las piedras, y el cedro tan abundante como las higueras de la llanura. 28 Los caballos de Salomón eran importados de Egipto y de Coa, que era donde los mercaderes de la corte los compraban. 29 En Egipto compraban carros por seiscientas monedas de plata,[i] y caballos por ciento cincuenta, para luego vendérselos a todos los reyes hititas y sirios.

Notas al pie

  1. 10:4-5 los holocaustos … templo. Alt. la escalinata por la cual él subía al templo.
  2. 10:10 tres mil novecientos sesenta kilos. Lit. ciento veinte talentos.
  3. 10:12 escalones. Alt. barandas.
  4. 10:14 veintidós mil kilos. Lit. seiscientos sesenta y seis talentos.
  5. 10:16 unos seis kilos y medio. Lit. seiscientos siclos.
  6. 10:17 un kilo y medio. Lit. tres minas.
  7. 10:22 mandriles. Alt. pavos reales.
  8. 10:26 caballos. Alt. aurigas.
  9. 10:29 seiscientas monedas de plata. Lit. seiscientos [siclos] de plata.