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2018 January 23

Image 1: Queen of Sheba before Solomon (1640s)
Nicolaus Knupfer (1609-1655)
Dutch Golden Age Baroque Style
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Image 2: Solomon's Idolatry (1622)
Frans Francken the Younger (1581-1642)
Flemish Baroque Style
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Image Credit: Getty

     [ Illustration: The visit of the Queen of Shebah to Solomon is depicted in today's First Painting. The Second Painting depicts Solomon's lapse into idolatry, which is omitted in the chapter below but recorded in the parallel passage in 1 Kings 11. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: 2 Chronicles 9 describe's Solomon's wisdom and glory -- highlighted by the visit of the Queen of Sheba who was overwhelmed by it.

[Traditional Patriarchal Timeline. Judges. Judges Period Chronology. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

     The Queen of Sheba visited Solomon, bringing great riches and deep questions. She was overwhelmed by Solomon's glory and by his wisdom. She confessed that the greatness of Solomon exceeded all that she had heard. And she blessed the LORD for what he had done for Israel through Solomon; and she gave great treasures of gold, gems, and spices to Solomon, especially spices (1-9).
     Also, Hiram brought gold, algum (or almug) trees, and gems to Solomon; and Solomon used the algum wood in the Temple, in his palace, and in the making of harps and psalteries (10-11).
     Solomon gave the Queen of Sheba whatever she desired (12).
     In a single year Solomon received 666 talents of gold. Using 75 pounds as the equivalent of a talent, the amount of gold would be 49,950 pounds (799,200 ounces) At the current price of gold per ounce ($1,246.90) this amounts to $996,522,480 -- almost a billion dollars. In addition, Solomon also received gold and silver from many other quarters. He used it to make ornamental shields, and overlaid his ivory throne with gold, and made images of 12 lions, 6 on each side of the 6 steps leading up to his throne. And every three years Hiram' ships arrived bringing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks (13-21).
     Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in wisdom and riches; and all the kings of the earth came, bringing presents, to hear his wisdom. He had an abundance of chariots; and he ruled over many kings (22-28).
     The prophets Nathan, Ahijah, and Iddo wrote about Solomon's acts. He reigned 40 years; and his son Rehoboam reigned after him (29-31).
     In his later years (as recorded in 1 Kings 11), Solomon's wives turned his heart away from the LORD; and the LORD raised up adversaries against him.

     [ Sermons: Dick Lucas. Various. ]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES2 Chronicles 9: 1 Kings 9:26-28; 1 Kings 10:22; 1 Kings 10:1-13; 1 Kings 4:1-6; 1 Kings 4:7-19, 22-23, 27-28; 1 Kings 4:29-34; 1 Kings 10:14-21, 27, 23-25; 2 Chronicles 1:15; 1 Kings 10:26, 28-29; 2 Chronicles 1:14, 16-17; 1 Kings 4:21, 24, 20, 25; 1 Kings 11].
     [1] 1 Kings 10:1-13; Judges 14:12.
     [6] 1 Chronicles 12:29; 2 Chronicles 30:18.
     [8] 1 Chronicles 28:5.
     [9] 1 Kings 10:10.
     [10] 2 Chronicles 8:18; 2 Chronicles 2:8.
     [11] 1 Kings 11:12.
     [12] 1 Kings 10:13.
     [13] 1 Kings 10:14-29; 1 Kings 4:26-27.
     [14] 1 Kings 10:15; Exodus 12:38; Jeremiah 25:24; Ezekiel 30:5; 2 Kings 18:24.
     [15] 1 Kings 10:16; Amos 8:10.
     [16] Psalm 35:2.
     [18] 1 Kings 10:19-20.
     [20] 1 Kings 10:21.
     [21] 1 Kings 10:22; Isaiah 2:16; 2 Chronicles 20:36.
     [22] 1 Kings 10:23.
     [25] 1 Kings 4:26; 1 Kings 10:26; 2 Chronicles 1:14-17; 1 Kings 10:26-29.
     [26] 1 Kings 4:21.
     [27] 1 Kings 10:27; Deuteronomy 17:16-17.
     [28] 1 Kings 10:28-29; 2 Chronicles 1:16-17.
     [29] 1 Kings 11:41-43; 1 Chronicles 29:29; 1 Kings 11:29-39; 1 Kings 14:2-18; 2 Chronicles 12:15; 2 Chronicles 13:22.
     [30] 1 Kings 11:42.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


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Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


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2 Chronicles Detailed Outline

2 Chronicles 9

Notes: In the Hebrew Bible 1 & 2 Chronicles are one Book. The author may have been Ezra.

2. The Kings: The Kings from the Tribes of Benjamin and Judah (1 Chronicles 10:1 - 2 Chronicles 36:14)

B. From the Tribe of Judah (1 Chronicles 11:1 - 2 Chronicles 36:14)

2. Solomon of Israel [12 Tribes] (2 Chronicles 1:1 - 9:31) - 971 - 931, Israel

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Time Line

     1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones : and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart. 2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. 3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, 4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her. 5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom: 6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard. 7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom. 8 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice. 9 And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones : neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon.
     10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which bought gold from Ophir, bought algum trees and precious stones . 11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries [in instruments of skin bags] for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.
     12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which she had bought unto the king. So she turned, and went away to her own land, she and her servants.
     13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred and threescore and six talents of gold; 14 Beside that which chapmen [men of wandering] and merchants bought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country bought gold and silver to Solomon. 15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets of beaten gold: six hundred shekels of beaten gold went to one target. 16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten gold: three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield. And the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon. 17 Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with pure gold. 18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side [from this and from this] of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays: 19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side [from this] and on the other [from this] upon the six steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom. 20 And all the drinking vessels of king Solomon 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 not any thing accounted of in the days of Solomon. 21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram: every three years once came the ships of Tarshish bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.
     22 And king Solomon passed 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, that God had put in his heart. 24 And they bought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and raiment, harness, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year. 25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem. 26 And he reigned [he is becoming ruler] over all the kings from the river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance. 28 And they bought unto Solomon horses out of Egypt, and out of all lands.
     29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat? 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years. 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

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