The Queen of Sheba 10 1The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s fame connected with the name of Yahweh and came to test him with difficult questions. 2She came to Jerusalem with a very large entourage, with camels bearing spices, gold in great abundance, and precious stones. She came to Solomon and spoke to him about everything that was on her mind. 3So Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too difficult for the king to explain to her. 4When the queen of Sheba observed all of Solomon’s wisdom, the palace he had built, 5the food at his table, his servants’ residence, his attendants’ service and their attire, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he offered at the Lord’s temple, it took her breath away. 6She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your words and about your wisdom is true. 7But I didn’t believe the reports until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, I was not even told half. Your wisdom and prosperity far exceed the report I heard. 8How happy are your men.[G] How happy are these servants of yours, who always stand in your presence hearing your wisdom. 9May Yahweh your God be praised! He delighted in you and put you on the throne of Israel, because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel. He has made you king to carry out justice and righteousness.” 10Then she gave the king four and a half tons[H] of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones. Never again did such a quantity of spices arrive as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon. 11In addition, Hiram’s fleet that carried gold from Ophir brought from Ophir a large quantity of almug[I] wood and precious stones. 12The king made the almug wood into steps for the Lord’s temple and the king’s palace and into lyres and harps for the singers. Never before had such almug wood come, and the like has not been seen again even to this very day. 13King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba her every desire—whatever she asked—besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she, along with her servants, returned to her own country.   Solomon’s Wealth   14The weight of gold that came to Solomon annually was 25 tons,[J] 15besides what came from merchants, traders’ merchandise, and all the Arabian kings and governors of the land. 16King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold; 15 pounds[K] of gold went into each shield. 17He made 300 small shields of hammered gold; about four pounds[L] of gold went into each shield. The king put them in the House of the Forest of Lebanon. 18The king also made a large ivory throne and overlaid it with fine gold. 19The throne had six steps; there was a rounded top at the back of the throne, armrests on either side of the seat, and two lions standing beside the armrests. 20Twelve lions were standing there on the six steps, one at each end. Nothing like it had ever been made in any other kingdom. 21All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were gold, and all the utensils of the House of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold. There was no silver, since it was considered as nothing in Solomon’s time, 22for the king had ships of Tarshish at sea with Hiram’s fleet, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.[M] 23King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and in wisdom. 24The whole world wanted an audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom that God had put in his heart. 25Every man would bring his annual tribute: items[N] of silver and gold, clothing, weapons,[O] spices, and horses and mules. 26Solomon accumulated 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen and stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem. 27The king made silver as common in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedar as abundant as sycamore in the Judean foothills. 28Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and Kue.[P] The king’s traders bought them from Kue at the going price. 29A chariot was imported from Egypt for 15 pounds[Q] of silver, and a horse for about four pounds.[R] In the same way, they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Aram through their agents.
VII. Agreement of Book & Land If the Bible was not inspired by God but rather a man-made "self-help" book, you would expect to find error... Read More
VII. Agreement of Book & Land If the Bible was not inspired by God but rather a man-made "self-help" book, you would expect to find errors throughout. This would especially be true regarding geography, nations, and cultures. Yet, every geographical reference is accurate. 1. Accuracy in Acts "In the late 1800’s, Sir William Ramsay, a scholar who was skeptical of the authenticity of the Book of Acts, set out upon an archaeological expedition in Asia Minor with the declared intention of disproving the historicity and accuracy of Luke’s narrative. After years of research, literally digging up the evidence, Ramsay was forced to conclude that Acts was historically accurate. In Acts, Luke mentions 32 countries, 54 cities, and 9 Mediterranean islands. He also mentions 95 persons, 62 of which are not named elsewhere in the New Testament. And his references, where check-able, are always correct. This is truly remarkable in view of the fact that the political / territorial situation of his day was in a state of almost constant flux. How does one account for Luke’s precision? Inspiration!" 2. J.W. McGarvey J.W. McGarvey visited Palenstine in 1879 to write a book "Lands of the Bible." He presented a general idea "Argument from Agreement of Book and Land." He stated that the geographical references of Palestine in the Bible are well-known. In not a single instance throughout the entire Bible is there a known inaccuracy of political divisions or changes of government. Its plains, mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes, cities, and deserts are in all parts of the Bible correctly named and correctly located. 3. Elevation Changes (John 2:13; Luke 10:30; Acts 9:30,32; Acts 24:1) The land of Palestine varies considerably in elevation. Jericho, near the Dead Sea, is 825 feet below sea level, while Jerusalem is about 2500 feet above sea level. The Bible often describes traveling up or down between various cities, and these descriptions are always correct. 4. Trees The Bible names a number of trees which are all indigenous to Palestine (Judges 9:7-21). Despite the writer not being familiar with the region, not a single error is made. All the trees mentioned in the passage are indigenous to Palestine. This would be a difficult task for a mere man especially in that time period of limited knowledge and no internet. The oak has been found to grow in the places mentioned in Genesis 13:18 and 2 Samuel 18:9. Additionally, the sycamore tree grows only in the Jordan River valley and along the coast and references in the Bible (1 Kings 10:27; Luke 19:4) only place it there. 5. Climate The Mediterranean Sea on the west coast and the desert to the east largely influence the climate of the land. The Bible accurately describes the rain coming from the seas (1 King 18:43-45; Luke 12:54). Another example is the easterner wind--called "Sirocco"--brings dry, dusty air from the desert (Gen 41:23; Jonah 4:8). 6. Customs The Bible accurately depicts the cultures and customs of the people of that time. (1) Animal skins used as containers (Mark 2:22), (2) threshing grain on a threshing floor which is still practiced today in the region (Psa 1:4), (3) and mounds of rocks for marking territory (Prov 23:10) have all be accurately discovered.
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