Chapter 9: The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon to Hear the Wisdom of Yah and to Ask Questions
1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Yahrushalom to test Solomon with hard questions, having a very great retinue (group of advisers and assistants), camels that bore spices, gold in abundance and precious stones and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.
Sheba Praises Yah and Esteems Solomon
5 Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. 6 However, I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard. 7 Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! 8 Blessed by Yah your Almighty, who delighted in you, setting you on His throne to be king for Yah your Almighty! Because your Yah has loved Ysrayl, to establish them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness”. 9 And she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold, spices in great abundance and precious stones. There never were any spices such as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
Gold of Ophir Wood and Precious Stones Brought to Solomon: Singers and Musicians are Abundant in Yahudah
10 Also, the servants of Hiram and the servants of Solomon, who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum (or almug, compare 1 Kings 10:11-12) wood for the house of Yah and for the king’s house, also harps and stringed instruments for singers and there were none such as these seen before in the land of Yahudah.
The Queen of Sheba Returns to Her Own Country
12 Now King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all she desired, whatever she asked, much more than she had brought to the king. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
Solomon’s Great Wealth: Gold and Silver Brought to Solomon: Shields of Gold
13 The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold–14 Besides what the traveling merchants and traders brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon. 15 And King Solomon made two hundred large shields of hammered gold; six hundred shekels of hammered gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon.
Solomon’s Throne Made of Ivory and Gold: Solomon’s Footstool Gold: Twelve Gold Lions: Gold Cups Only: The Ships of Tarshish Every Three Years
17 Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold. 18 The throne had six steps, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne. There were armrests on either side of the place of the seat and two lions stood beside the armrests. 19 Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps. Nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom. 20 All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were gold and all the vessels of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. Not one was silver, for this was accounted as nothing in the days of Solomon. 21 For the king’s ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Hiram. Once every three years the merchant ships (literally ships of Tarshish, deep-sea vessels) came bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes and monkeys (or peacocks).
Yah Makes King Solomon the Richest Wisest Most Powerful King on Earth
22 So King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. 23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which Yah had put in his heart. 24 Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses and mules, at a set rate year by year. 25 Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots and twelve thousand horsemen whom he stationed in the chariot cities and with the king at Yahrushalom. 26 So he reigned over all the kings from the River (that is, the Euphrates) to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. 27 The king made silver as common in Yahrushalom as stones and he made cedar trees as abundant as the sycamores which are in the lowland. 28 And they brought horses to Solomon from Egypt and from all lands.
The Death of Solomon: Solomon Reigned Forty Years
29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, in the prophesy of Ahiyah the Shilonite and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Yeroboam the son of Nebat? 30 Solomon reigned in Yahrushalom over all Ysrayl forty years. 31 Then Solomon rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
*The book of Nathan, the prophesy of Ahiyah and the Visions of Iddo, missing scriptures.
*Remember Solomon’s heart turns from Yah in 1 Kings chapter 11 and Yah promises to split the kingdom after Solomon’s death during his son’s reign.
Chapter 10: Yeroboam and the Children of Ysrayl Ask Rehoboam to Lighten the Heavy Yoke
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Ysrayl had gone to Shechem to make him king. 2 So it happened, when Yeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was in Egypt), where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon, that Yeroboam returned from Egypt. 3 Then they sent for him and called him. And Yeroboam and all Ysrayl came and spoke to Rehoboam saying: 4 “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us and we will serve you”. 5 So he said to them, “Come back to me after three days”. And the people departed.
Rehoboam Rejects the Advice of the Zahkin and Takes the Advice of the Young Men
6 Then King Rehoboam consulted the zahkin who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived saying, “How do you advise me to answer these people”? 7 And they spoke to him saying, “If you are kind to these people and please them and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever”. 8 But he rejected the advice which the zahkin had given him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. 9 And he said to them, “What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” 10 then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him saying, “Thus you should speak to the people who have spoken to you saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy but you make it lighter on us’. Thus, you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! 11 And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips but I will chastise you with scourges’!” (literally scorpions)
*Remember Yahoshua said He makes our yoke easy to bear, Mattithyah 11:30. The heavy yoke Rehoboam put on the people was taxes.
The Word of Yah Which He Spoke to the Prophet Ahiyah From Shiloh Are Coming To Pass
12 So Yeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed saying, “Come back to me the third day”. 13 Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the zahkin–14 And he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men saying: “My father made your yoke heavy but I will add to it. My father chastised you with whips but I will chastise you with scourges! 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for the turn of events was from Yah, that the Almighty might fufill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahiyah the Shilonite to Yeroboam the son of Nebat. (Read 1 Malakim 11:26-40).
The Revolt Against Rehoboam: Yah Splits the Nation into Ysrayl and Yahudah: Rehoboam Wants to Fight Ysrayl But Retreats Back to Yahrushalom
16 Now when all Ysrayl saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king saying: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Yesse. Every man to your tents, O Ysrayl! Now see to you own house, O David”! So all Ysrayl departed to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Ysrayl who dwelt in the cities of Yahudah. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was in charge of revenue but the children of Ysrayl stoned him with stones and he died. Therefore, King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Yahrushalom. 19 So Ysrayl has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.