What the Queen of Sheba said to Solomon
5 Then she said to the king, ‘People told me about you in my country. And they told me about your wisdom. Everything that they told me was true. 6 But I did not believe it. Now I believe it because I have come here. And I have seen all those things. But people had told me only half of the things that they might have told me. You are much wiser than they said. Everything about you is better than people said. 7 Your men are very happy. And your servants who always stand in front of you are very happy. They can always hear your wise words. 8 I praise the Lord your God. You have given a lot of pleasure to him and so he has put you on his throne. So you are king on behalf of the Lord your God. He loves Israel and he wants to make them strong for all time. That is why he has caused you to be their king. He wants you to rule over them in a fair way. And he wants you to cause them to do right things.’
9 Then she gave to the king 4,000 kilos (9,000 pounds) of gold, a lot of spices and many valuable stones. There had never been spices in Israel like those that the Queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
10 Huram's servants and Solomon's servants brought gold from Ophir. They also brought algum trees and valuable stones. 11 The king used this algum wood to make steps for the Lord's house and for the king's house. And with it he made lyres and harps for the people who made music. Nobody had ever seen things like those in Judah.
12 King Solomon gave to the Queen of Sheba everything that she wanted. And he gave to her everything that she asked for. He gave more things to her than she had brought to him. Then she left with all her servants and she returned to her own country.