1 Kings Chapter 10

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1 Kings 10

1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.

And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.

And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,

And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.

And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

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

Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

10 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices very great store, and precious stones: there came no more such abundance of spices as these which the queen of Sheba gave to king Solomon.

11 And the navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great plenty of almug trees, and precious stones.

12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day.

13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.

14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,

15 Beside that he had of the merchantmen, and of the traffick of the spice merchants, and of all the kings of Arabia, and of the governors of the country.

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

17 And he made three hundred shields of beaten gold; three pound of gold went to one shield: and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon.

18 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.

19 The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.

20 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.

21 And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels 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 nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.

22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.

24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

26 And Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom he bestowed in the cities for chariots, and with the king at Jerusalem.

27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for abundance.

28 And Solomon had horses brought out of Egypt, and linen yarn: the king’s merchants received the linen yarn at a price.

29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty: and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means.

25 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 10

  1. 23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
    24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.

    Many times the world wants what the church has, and yet they can’t get it because they are blind to what it takes. All the earth sees is the blessings , but what they don’t see is the test before the blessings. I have heard it before that someone will come in and say,”I thought that living for God would be easy.” Unfortunitly they see with the eye and not with the heart and soul. It is easy when you are fully engaged in it, but if you are lacking in an area it can be tough. This is when Faith in God comes in. We must have the faith everyday, all day no matter what. God is always in control, and nothing will ever change that. God is on our side , as long as we are connected with Him through the Spirit , and connected to the church body.

  2. Soloman did the upmost for the LORD …..the Almighty one…the Great I AM…THE MESSIAH …THE EVERLASTING FATHER .
    This scripture that comes to mind reminds me of who God really is and how GREAT He really is ….
    John 18:6-
    As soon then as he said unto them, I am he, they all fell backward, and fell to the ground.
    when the guards seeked JESUS to hang him on the cross all He told Him was who He was and the guards all fell down to the ground …this is how Solomon treated and respected the Lord when he built the temple for the people of his generation. He always looked to God for answers and loved the Lord with all His heart.
    And most of all respected and reverenced the Lord of Lords And the King of Kings ……and there was alot of friendship and closeness with the Savior.
    Thank you JESUS for being the Greatest of All.
    ifall to the ground when I’m in your presence.
    iworship
    ipraise Him.

  3. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.

    Solomon was the king over Israel. The Queen of Sheba only heard of his majesty, but when she finally saw it took her breath away. So it is true with us. We have only heard about the Beauty of Heaven…But it see it and when we see Jesus, it will surely put us in awe.

    I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. (2 Corinthians 12:2-5 KJV)

  4. It would seem that this would have turned all the eyes of the earth toward God. This rich king with all of the goods anyone could want. He was arrayed in amazing luxury, and people came from all over to hear the wisdom that God had put into his heart.

    The people came, and then they left. They were mesmerized by the “side show attraction.”

    God truly blessed Solomon, but he wasnt what this world needs. This world needs the humility, meekness, and servant minded mentality that was in Jesus Christ.

    As the Church we display the riches of God, not through our stuff, but through our heavenly “bliss-filled” attitude. This attitude will draw people toward the Lord where the real treasure is.

  5. Taste And See

    6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

    7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

    O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8 KJV)

    Sometimes we won’t get the full picture until we dive in and experience it ourselves. If we will at least have a seed of faith to believe it *might* be true, that may be just enough opening for the seed to begin taking root; the queen said she didn’t believe what she heard until she saw it, but obviously she believed it enough as a possibility to both make the journey and have gifts to give.

    I remember the night I first got the Holy Ghost, I didn’t know quite what it was and I wasn’t even sure if it was real. Someone had asked me if I wanted it and I said yes (probably mostly to be polite and make them happy) but around that time I believe God was knocking at my heart,  asking me “Ok, but do you really actually want it?” I answered “God, if this is real, then Ok.” I wasn’t even sure of it, but I had faith it *might* be true and that night God filled me with His Spirit.

    Taking that first step of faith may seem hardest, but it could be all it will really take to get going is getting past that first one and then faith will grow for the next, and then the next, and then the next…

  6. BLESSED ARE THEY THAT OBEY AND PASS THE TEST

    1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.
    2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
    3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.

    Blessings and success seem to invite interrogation that is provoked by jealousy. The spirit of pride drove Sheba to attempt to trip up his wisdom and knowledge. However we know that as his obedience to LORD was upheld that the BLESSINGS of GOD and the WISDOM of GOD answered every question.

    This same attempt is exercised on the children of the LORD in the New Testament church. Friends, family, acquaintances even strangers will attempt “to put his reputation to the test by asking tough questions.” as Sheba did. We must not be rattled, edited or confused. Allow the wisdom of GOD to answer.

    The proud, arrogant approach of Sheba is the initial indicator of this attempt. People will attempt to show all that they know and have in order to show their accomplishments in an attempt to intimidate. However a child of GOD is not intimidated; it is the strength of the LORD that answers all questions. Be patient, slow to anger andd quick to forgive.

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  7. 1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.

    In the same way the world will be preparing questions and situations to see what we are made of. Be careful, be watchful, and be prepare that is why it is so important that we blog, that we read His word, and educate ourselves there is no situation that God doesn’t have the answer to. All answers are in His book. He forgave, He turned the other cheek, He humble Himself at all time but He did it with wisdom; He made them judge themselves by using the word of God. We find the perfect example on His wisdom and how He made them judge themselves in John 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. You can find many other examples like Matt 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    In the same way we must not be so judgmental that we close all ways of communication with them for how can we teach or encourage them to salvation if we close all doors; but by His word prick their hearts so they may see their mistakes.

    Let our daily lives, actions, and reactions be a testimony to what God has done and will continue to do in our lives.

  8. 4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,

    5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.

    6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

    7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

    The two things that stick out to me in this chapter is the order that was in the sanctuary…..everything done in decency and order, and with excellence and reverence, as it should be in our sanctuary as well.

    The second things : 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

    The people were happy to be in their place and doing performing their responsibilities. We as God’s people should be the most joyous and happy people on the face of the earth, in and out of the sanctuary. God is with us whereever we go and the joy of Jesus should be exhibited in our face. If we are unhappy about our service to the King how can we ever share the good news of the gospel with others.

    Be happy in serving!

  9. v13″ And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desires, whatever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty.”

    Delight yourself also in the LORD, and HE shall give you the desires of your heart.Ps37:4

    Our King JESUS is our daily bread . It’s HIS desire that we would come to HIM delighted
    everyday as HE feeds us from the bounty of HIS wisdom , love and HIS ways .
    As we submit to HIS authority
    and to the authority of our leadership, and give King JESUS our very best gifts of talent, time,
    and teasure.
    Today I’m thankful for TRUTH!
    We could have stayed in false doctrine and tradition ..Our KING JESUS deserves our very
    Best PRAISE and WORSHIP!
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  10. 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

    We should be a happy people. We are after all blessed.

    Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

  11. We could look at Sheba like a skeptical women of influence, or a brave person looking to learn how she can apply Solomon’s tactic of power to her own life. She is so influenced by a multitude of other gods, that she could see the magnificance of our ‘one true God’ but the life style may have not appeared to be as magnificant. In order for carnal people to have the blessing of a holy God, they must turn away from that carnality for good. This may have been unappealing because although the Queen is impressed with the Lord of Israel vs9, there is no Scriptural evidence that she comes to know God as her one and only. She probably accepts him as she would any other (untrue god) as legitimate and geographical, that is, with power over his own area and nation, but not over others, and equal to other gods she knows and worships. She could not be more wrong, if this is her understanding of our God. Many times in ancient Israel, they considered God to be only their God, God of their nation, which is true, but God created everything and everyone. At this time they werent exactly outreaching to convert peoples thoughts from false gods, to teach of our omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient Lord of all. In fact back in the day if you werent of there race they would consider you a dog. Since Jesus’ calling to all his kids both Jew and Gentile we see more acceptance in converts but, what if Solomon was wise enough to teach up the 1st royal convert of his time? Sheba could have been a powerful alliance, both trade wise and by teaching her people to only worship the one and only God.

  12. 8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

    We need to be happy and not let the cares of this world hold us down. Why would someone want to come to church with us if we are always sad never smiling? Turn your frown upside and smile..

    Smile awhile and give your face a rest and see how we can impact Fort Worth.

  13. doing Gods works shows others what kind of person you are and they will tell other which will tell others and soon you will meet a person that has heard of you but you never have meet til now. and through them God will bless you.

  14. I love to eat a very late lunch with Jesus

    After working all day and finally getting home… I can only imagine how satisfied it was to finally get done with his magnificent building project.

  15. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

    7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

    8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

    Queen Sheba had to see it to believe it-then declared that the half had not been told. It was so much more than she dreamed it could be! And she was so impressed to see the servants happy. That says her own knowledge & experience with servants were different. Solomon’s wealth and knowledge had a great & lasting impression onthe Queen plus she recognized that it was because of the blessings of the God of Israel. Whether or not we have riches and weatlth, we too should be the kind of people that others want to come to. We should be quick to help, be kind and be ready to extend a word from the Bible that will help them out. Without the blessings and love of God, we won’t be this type of person; but with the Holy Ghost, we can reach a hand even into the fire to help someone out!

  16. Solomon was truly blessed. The hand of the Lord was upon him in that he was full of wisdom. He also was blessed in that God blessed the Kingdom with gold and other fine riches.

    We should make sure we keep the re perspective when it comes to the blessings from the Lord.

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -Matthew 6:33

  17. Solomon was tested by Sheba, wanted to know if what every body was saying about him was true.

    Solomon passed her test. God always had Solomon’s back. He impressed Sheba.

    Lord I don’t want to test you I don’t have to see to believe. I know you will test me and I want to be ready. Let your wisdom, knowledge and understanding fall on me.

  18. And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. (1 Kings 10:1-7 KJV)

    Too many times we harden our hearts through trials and tribulation so when a good thing is presented to us we can’t believe it and have to constantly question ‘is this a joke’? God wants to see us prosper. Let’s open our hearts to trust God through every situation

  19. At lunch several of us were discussing Solomon’s wisdom. The queen of Sheba came to see him, but only to test him. She wanted to see if he was as wise as “they said” he was. Then she found out that his wisdom surpassed what was said about him.

    Even though she had the wrong motives about going to see Solomon, God still showed himself through Solomon to her. Solomon left nothing that was revealed to him unknown. For her to be astonished there must have been some humdingers that he revealed to her.

  20. This chapter illustrates belief. The queen of Sheba as well as others could not believe how a “god” could bless someone as richly and abundantly as Solomon; “Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.” If the queen of Sheba and the others had known who God (Jesus) was then they would have believed by faith. God has blessed and he will continue to bless all those that truly believe and worship him. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  21. Just like the Queen of Sheba had to come see it for herself, the city of Fort Worth will have to come and see for themselves what is going on at POFW. AS verses 6-9 in the MSG read….”She said to the king, “It’s all true! Your reputation for accomplishment and wisdom that reached all the way to my country is confirmed. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself; they didn’t exaggerate! Such wisdom and elegance—far more than I could ever have imagined. Lucky the men and women who work for you, getting to be around you every day and hear your wise words firsthand! And blessed be God, your God, who took such a liking to you and made you king. Clearly, God’s love for Israel is behind this, making you king to keep a just order and nurture a God-pleasing people.”

  22. 7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

    8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

    9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

    This queen was able to see the great and mightness of God thru Solomons kingdom. It reminds me of the kingdom of God and how we should be in his kingdom. We should all be happy as Solomons servants were happy and always be exited about the things of God that are happening in the kingdom. If we are we will cause others to be in awe of the presance of God when they come to our church.

  23. ‘666’

    This ugly # appears in vs 14, there does not appear to be any significance to the number 666 as it is used here, except to measure of Solomon’s impressive income which unbeknown to him is an evil # which weighs 25 tons, or 23 metric tons. The value of this much gold on todays market would have been in the billion dollar range. On top of this astronaumical figure, Solomon collects additional funds from merchants, traders, Arabian kings and governors. vs 21 ‘because silver was of little value in Solomon’s days’ Its important for us to remember the little things, who we used to be is now dead to this world, but the little things can keep us humble. God did bless him with riches, its Solomon’s responsibility to manage it without effecting his relationship with God. I believe that he indeed is blessed with wisdom God-given, for the Word says so. Its Solomon’s responsiblity to also manage what becomes of his wisdom, what he uses it on.

  24. Gold.So many commercials about buying gold.Seems everyone wants to sell you some. If it is really a future commodity for us ,why would someone try so hard to sell it to us? In any case if they were telling the truth they would be sitting on it. Ask Solomon,”It’s all vanity”.

  25. 6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.

    7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.

    8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.

    9 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.
    What words expressed to king Solomon, perhaps it’s when pride and rebellion sets in.

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