Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Money does not satisfy. Had it satisfied the queen of Sheba, she never would have traveled for hundreds of miles over ancient roads and deserts just to hear the words of God from Solomon. The human heart craves more than money. It craves answers to life's purpose and longs to see the wisdom and power of God.

Simon was willing to pay money to obtain the power of laying hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18-19). The treasurer for Candace, the queen of Ethiopia, was more interested in knowing whom Isaiah was describing than he was in acquiring all the wealth of which he was steward (v. 34). Even Solomon with his hundreds of talents of gold per year was not satisfied with worldly wealth, and his wandering, searching heart thus delved into idolatry.

Don't let the devil dangle riches before your eyes, telling you that money will fulfill you. Those who have handled vast sums of it will tell you otherwise. Use money as a tool to evangelize the world, and enjoy the free riches of the Kingdom of God!

1 Kings 9:1-10:29

The Lord Appears to Solomon9:1-9pp — 2Ch 7:11-22

When Solomon had finishedS 2Sa 7:2 building the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had achieved all he had desired to do,the Lord appearedS 1Ki 3:5 to him a second time, as he had appeared to him at Gibeon.The Lord said to him:

“I have heardS 1Sa 9:16; 2Ki 19:20; 20:5; Ps 10:17; 34:17 the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my NameS Ex 20:24; S Dt 12:5 there forever. My eyesS Dt 11:12 and my heart will always be there.

“As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heartS Ge 17:1 and uprightness, as DavidDt 17:20; 1Ki 14:8; 15:5 your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws,S 1Ki 3:14; 1Ch 28:9; Pr 4:4I will establish1Ch 22:10 your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never failS 2Sa 7:15 to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’

“But if youThe Hebrew is plural. or your descendants turn awayDt 28:15; 2Sa 7:14; 2Ki 18:12; Jer 17:27; 26:4; 32:23; 44:23 from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given youThe Hebrew is plural. and go off to serve other gods1Ki 11:10 and worship them,then I will cut off Israel from the landLev 18:24-28; Dt 4:26; S Jos 23:13; 2Ki 17:23; Jer 24:10 I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.Dt 12:5; Jer 7:14 Israel will then become a bywordJob 17:6; Ps 44:14; Jer 24:9; Joel 2:17 and an object of ridiculeS Dt 28:37; Eze 5:15 among all peoples.This temple will become a heap of rubble. AllSee some Septuagint manuscripts, Old Latin, Syriac, Arabic and Targum; Hebrew And though this temple is now imposing, all who pass by will be appalledS Lev 26:32 and will scoff and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’S Dt 29:24; Jer 7:4-15; Mt 23:38People will answer,Dt 29:25; 2Ki 22:17; Jer 5:19; 13:22; 16:11, 13; 22:9 ‘Because they have forsakenS Nu 25:3; Jer 40:3; 44:23; La 4:12 the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the Lord brought all this disasterS Dt 31:29 on them.’”

Solomon’s Other Activities9:10-28pp — 2Ch 8:1-18

10 At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built these two buildings—the temple of the Lord and the royal palace—11 King Solomon gave twenty towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar and juniper and goldver 14 he wanted.12 But when Hiram went from Tyre to see the towns that Solomon had given him, he was not pleased with them.13 “What kind of towns are these you have given me, my brother?” he asked. And he called them the Land of Kabul,Kabul sounds like the Hebrew for good-for-nothing.Jos 19:27 a name they have to this day.14 Now Hiram had sent to the king 120 talentsThat is, about 4 1/2 tons or about 4 metric tons of gold.ver 11

15 Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted1Ki 5:13 to build the Lord’s temple, his own palace, the terraces,Or the Millo; also in verse 24S 2Sa 5:9 the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor,Jos 11:10-11 Megiddo and Gezer.S Jos 10:3316 (Pharaoh king of Egypt had attacked and captured Gezer. He had set it on fire. He killed its Canaanite inhabitants and then gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter,1Ki 3:1; Ps 45:12; 68:29; 72:10 Solomon’s wife.17 And Solomon rebuilt Gezer.) He built up Lower Beth Horon,S Jos 10:1018 Baalath,S Jos 19:44 and TadmorThe Hebrew may also be read Tamar. in the desert, within his land,19 as well as all his store citiesS Ex 1:11 and the towns for his chariotsS Dt 17:16; 1Ki 4:26; 2Ch 1:14; 9:25 and for his horsesOr charioteers—whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.

20 There were still people left from the Amorites, Hittites,S Nu 13:29 Perizzites, Hivites and JebusitesS Jos 11:3 (these peoples were not Israelites).21 Solomon conscripted the descendantsS Ge 9:25-26 of all these peoples remaining in the land—whom the Israelites could not exterminateThe Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them.S Jos 15:63—to serve as slave labor,S Ge 49:15; S Ex 1:11; S Dt 20:11 as it is to this day.22 But Solomon did not make slavesS Lev 25:39 of any of the Israelites; they were his fighting men, his government officials, his officers, his captains, and the commanders of his chariots and charioteers.23 They were also the chief officials1Ki 5:16 in charge of Solomon’s projects—550 officials supervising those who did the work.

24 After Pharaoh’s daughterS 1Ki 3:1 had come up from the City of David to the palace Solomon had built for her, he constructed the terraces.2Sa 5:9; 1Ki 11:27

25 ThreeS Ex 23:14 times a year Solomon sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings on the altar he had built for the Lord, burning incense before the Lord along with them, and so fulfilled the temple obligations.

26 King Solomon also built ships1Ki 10:22; 22:48; 2Ch 20:37; Isa 2:16 at Ezion Geber,S Nu 33:35 which is near Elath2Ki 14:22; 16:6 in Edom, on the shore of the Red Sea.Or the Sea of Reeds27 And Hiram sent his men—sailorsEze 27:8 who knew the sea—to serve in the fleet with Solomon’s men.28 They sailed to OphirS Ge 10:29 and brought back 420 talentsThat is, about 16 tons or about 14 metric tons of gold,ver 14; 1Ki 10:10, 11, 14, 21; 2Ch 1:15; Ecc 2:8 which they delivered to King Solomon.

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon10:1-13pp — 2Ch 9:1-12

10 When the queen of ShebaS Ge 10:7, 28; S 25:3; Mt 12:42; Lk 11:31 heard about the fameEze 16:14 of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.S Nu 12:8; S Jdg 14:12Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravanS Ge 24:10—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind.Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built,the food on his table,1Ki 4:22 the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made atOr the ascent by which he went up to the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.

She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true.But I did not believeS Ge 45:26 these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth1Ch 29:25 you have far exceeded the report I heard.How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hearPr 8:34 your wisdom!PraiseS 1Ki 5:7; S Isa 42:10 be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal loveS Dt 7:8 for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justicePs 11:7; 33:5; 72:2; 99:4; 103:6 and righteousness.”

10 And she gave the king 120 talentsThat is, about 4 1/2 tons or about 4 metric tons of gold,S 1Ki 9:28; Isa 60:6 large quantities of spices, and precious stones. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir;S Ge 10:29 and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwoodProbably a variant of algumwood; also in verse 12 and precious stones.12 The king used the almugwood to make supportsThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. for the temple of the Lord and for the royal palace, and to make harps and lyres for the musicians. So much almugwood has never been imported or seen since that day.)

13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all she desired and asked for, besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty. Then she left and returned with her retinue to her own country.

Solomon’s Splendor10:14-29pp — 2Ch 1:14-17; 9:13-28

14 The weight of the goldS 1Ki 9:28 that Solomon received yearly was 666 talents,That is, about 25 tons or about 23 metric tons15 not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the territories.

16 King Solomon made two hundred large shieldsS 2Sa 8:7 of hammered gold; six hundred shekelsThat is, about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms; also in verse 29 of gold went into each shield.17 He also made three hundred small shields of hammered gold, with three minasThat is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms; or perhaps reference is to double minas, that is, about 7 1/2 pounds or about 3.5 kilograms. of gold in each shield. The king put them in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.S 1Ki 7:2

18 Then the king made a great throne covered with ivory and overlaid with fine gold.19 The throne had six steps, and its back had a rounded top. On both sides of the seat were armrests, with a lion standing beside each of them.20 Twelve lions stood on the six steps, one at either end of each step. Nothing like it had ever been made for any other kingdom.21 All King Solomon’s goblets were gold, and all the household articles in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon were pure gold.Isa 60:17 Nothing was made of silver, because silver was considered of little value in Solomon’s days.22 The king had a fleet of trading shipsHebrew of ships of TarshishS 1Ki 9:26 at sea along with the ships1Ki 9:27; Ps 48:7; Isa 2:16; 23:1, 14; 60:6, 9 of Hiram. Once every three years it returned, carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons.

23 King Solomon was greater in riches1Ki 3:13; Mt 6:29 and wisdomS 1Ki 3:12; Mt 12:42 than all the other kings of the earth.24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdomS 2Sa 14:20 God had put in his heart.25 Year after year, everyone who came brought a giftS 1Sa 10:27—articles of silver and gold, robes, weapons and spices, and horses and mules.

26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses;S Dt 17:16 he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,Or charioteers which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem.27 The king made silver as commonDt 17:17 in Jerusalem as stones,Job 27:16; Isa 60:17 and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig1Ch 27:28; Am 7:14 trees in the foothills.28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from KueProbably Cilicia—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price.29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms They also exported them to all the kings of the HittitesS Nu 13:29 and of the Arameans.

The Lord’s Response to Solomon

So Solomon finished building the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do.Then the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, as he had done before at Gibeon.The Lord said to him,

“I have heard your prayer and your petition. I have set this Temple apart to be holy—this place you have built where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.

“As for you, if you will follow me with integrity and godliness, as David your father did, obeying all my commands, decrees, and regulations,then I will establish the throne of your dynasty over Israel forever. For I made this promise to your father, David: ‘One of your descendants will always sit on the throne of Israel.’

“But if you or your descendants abandon me and disobey the commands and decrees I have given you, and if you serve and worship other gods,then I will uproot Israel from this land that I have given them. I will reject this Temple that I have made holy to honor my name. I will make Israel an object of mockery and ridicule among the nations.And though this Temple is impressive now, all who pass by will be appalled and will gasp in horror. They will ask, ‘Why did the Lord do such terrible things to this land and to this Temple?’

“And the answer will be, ‘Because his people abandoned the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and they worshiped other gods instead and bowed down to them. That is why the Lord has brought all these disasters on them.’”

Solomon’s Agreement with Hiram

10 It took Solomon twenty years to build the Lord’s Temple and his own royal palace. At the end of that time,11 he gave twenty towns in the land of Galilee to King Hiram of Tyre. (Hiram had previously provided all the cedar and cypress timber and gold that Solomon had requested.)12 But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the towns Solomon had given him, he was not at all pleased with them.13 “What kind of towns are these, my brother?” he asked. So Hiram called that area Cabul (which means “worthless”), as it is still known today.14 Nevertheless, Hiram paidOr For Hiram had paid. Solomon 9,000 poundsHebrew 120 talents [4,000 kilograms]. of gold.

Solomon’s Many Achievements

15 This is the account of the forced labor that King Solomon conscripted to build the Lord’s Temple, the royal palace, the supporting terraces,Hebrew the millo; also in 9:24. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. the wall of Jerusalem, and the cities of Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.16 (Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, had attacked and captured Gezer, killing the Canaanite population and burning it down. He gave the city to his daughter as a wedding gift when she married Solomon.17 So Solomon rebuilt the city of Gezer.) He also built up the towns of Lower Beth-horon,18 Baalath, and TamarAn alternate reading in the Masoretic Text reads Tadmor. in the wilderness within his land.19 He built towns as supply centers and constructed towns where his chariots and horsesOr and charioteers. could be stationed. He built everything he desired in Jerusalem and Lebanon and throughout his entire realm.

20 There were still some people living in the land who were not Israelites, including Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.21 These were descendants of the nations whom the people of Israel had not completely destroyed.The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering. So Solomon conscripted them as slaves, and they serve as forced laborers to this day.22 But Solomon did not conscript any of the Israelites for forced labor. Instead, he assigned them to serve as fighting men, government officials, officers and captains in his army, commanders of his chariots, and charioteers.23 Solomon appointed 550 of them to supervise the people working on his various projects.

24 Solomon moved his wife, Pharaoh’s daughter, from the City of David to the new palace he had built for her. Then he constructed the supporting terraces.

25 Three times each year Solomon presented burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar he had built for the Lord. He also burned incense to the Lord. And so he finished the work of building the Temple.

26 King Solomon also built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, a port near ElathAs in Greek version (see also 2 Kgs 14:22; 16:6); Hebrew reads Eloth, a variant spelling of Elath. in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea.Hebrew sea of reeds.27 Hiram sent experienced crews of sailors to sail the ships with Solomon’s men.28 They sailed to Ophir and brought back to Solomon some sixteen tonsHebrew 420 talents [14 metric tons]. of gold.

Visit of the Queen of Sheba

10 When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, which brought honor to the name of the Lord,Or which was due to the name of the Lord. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. she came to test him with hard questions.She arrived in Jerusalem with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind.Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her.When the queen of Sheba realized how very wise Solomon was, and when she saw the palace he had built,she was overwhelmed. She was also amazed at the food on his tables, the organization of his officials and their splendid clothing, the cup-bearers, and the burnt offerings Solomon made at the Temple of the Lord.

She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievementsHebrew your words. and wisdom is true!I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of it! Your wisdom and prosperity are far beyond what I was told.How happy your peopleGreek and Syriac versions and Latin Vulgate read your wives. must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom!Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”

10 Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 poundsHebrew 120 talents [4,000 kilograms]. of gold, great quantities of spices, and precious jewels. Never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.

11 (In addition, Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir, and they also brought rich cargoes of red sandalwoodHebrew almug wood; also in 10:12. and precious jewels.12 The king used the sandalwood to make railings for the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and to construct lyres and harps for the musicians. Never before or since has there been such a supply of sandalwood.)

13 King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba whatever she asked for, besides all the customary gifts he had so generously given. Then she and all her attendants returned to their own land.

Solomon’s Wealth and Splendor

14 Each year Solomon received about 25 tonsHebrew 666 talents [23 metric tons]. of gold.15 This did not include the additional revenue he received from merchants and traders, all the kings of Arabia, and the governors of the land.

16 King Solomon made 200 large shields of hammered gold, each weighing more than fifteen pounds.Hebrew 600 [shekels] of gold [6.8 kilograms].17 He also made 300 smaller shields of hammered gold, each weighing nearly four pounds.Hebrew 3 minas [1.8 kilograms]. The king placed these shields in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon.

18 Then the king made a huge throne, decorated with ivory and overlaid with fine gold.19 The throne had six steps and a rounded back. There were armrests on both sides of the seat, and the figure of a lion stood on each side of the throne.20 There were also twelve other lions, one standing on each end of the six steps. No other throne in all the world could be compared with it!

21 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day!

22 The king had a fleet of trading ships of Tarshish that sailed with Hiram’s fleet. Once every three years the ships returned, loaded with gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.Or and baboons.

23 So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth.24 People from every nation came to consult him and to hear the wisdom God had given him.25 Year after year everyone who visited brought him gifts of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.

26 Solomon built up a huge force of chariots and horses.Or charioteers; also in 10:26b. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horses. He stationed some of them in the chariot cities and some near him in Jerusalem.27 The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.Hebrew the Shephelah.28 Solomon’s horses were imported from EgyptPossibly Muzur, a district near Cilicia; also in 10:29. and from CiliciaHebrew Kue, probably another name for Cilicia.; the king’s traders acquired them from Cilicia at the standard price.29 At that time chariots from Egypt could be purchased for 600 pieces of silver,Hebrew 600 [shekels] of silver, about 15 pounds or 6.8 kilograms in weight. and horses for 150 pieces of silver.Hebrew 150 [shekels], about 3.8 pounds or 1.7 kilograms in weight. They were then exported to the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram.

And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he was pleased to do,

That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:

Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:

Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:

And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and to this house?

And they shall answer, Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the Lord brought upon them all this evil.

10 And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, when Solomon had built the two houses, the house of the Lord, and the king's house,

11 (Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee.

12 And Hiram came out from Tyre to see the cities which Solomon had given him; and they pleased him not.

13 And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day.

14 And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold.

15 And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the Lord, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.

16 For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon's wife.

17 And Solomon built Gezer, and Bethhoron the nether,

18 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land,

19 And all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion.

20 And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel,

21 Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.

22 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make no bondmen: but they were men of war, and his servants, and his princes, and his captains, and rulers of his chariots, and his horsemen.

23 These were the chief of the officers that were over Solomon's work, five hundred and fifty, which bare rule over the people that wrought in the work.

24 But Pharaoh's daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.

25 And three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt offerings and peace offerings upon the altar which he built unto the Lord, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the Lord. So he finished the house.

26 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom.

27 And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon.

28 And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.

10 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.

Acts 8:14-40

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samariaver 1 had accepted the word of God,S Heb 4:12 they sent Peter and JohnS Lk 22:8 to Samaria.15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,S Jn 20:2216 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them;S Ac 10:44; 19:2 they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.Mt 28:19; S Ac 2:3817 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them,S Ac 6:6 and they received the Holy Spirit.S Jn 20:22

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!2Ki 5:16; Da 5:17; Mt 10:8; Ac 2:3821 You have no part or shareNe 2:20 in this ministry, because your heart is not rightPs 78:37 before God.22 RepentAc 2:38 of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for meEx 8:8; Nu 21:7; 1Ki 13:6; Jer 42:2 so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”

25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the LordS Ac 13:48 and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.ver 40

Philip and the Ethiopian

26 Now an angelS Ac 5:19 of the Lord said to Philip,Ac 6:5 “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”27 So he started out, and on his way he met an EthiopianThat is, from the southern Nile regionPs 68:31; 87:4; Zep 3:10 eunuch,Isa 56:3-5 an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship,1Ki 8:41-43; Jn 12:2028 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.29 The Spirit toldAc 10:19; 11:12; 13:2; 20:23; 21:11 Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,

and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,

so he did not open his mouth.

33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.

Who can speak of his descendants?

For his life was taken from the earth.”Isaiah 53:7,8 (see Septuagint)Isa 53:7, 8

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”35 Then Philip beganMt 5:2 with that very passage of ScriptureLk 24:27; Ac 17:2; 18:28; 28:23 and told him the good newsS Ac 13:32 about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”S Ac 2:38; 10:47[37] Some manuscripts include here Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away,1Ki 18:12; 2Ki 2:16; Eze 3:12, 14; 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5; 2Co 12:2; 1Th 4:17; Rev 12:5 and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the townsver 25 until he reached Caesarea.Ac 10:1, 24; 12:19; 21:8, 16; 23:23, 33; 25:1, 4, 6, 13

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God’s message, they sent Peter and John there.15 As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit.16 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.17 Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given when the apostles laid their hands on people, he offered them money to buy this power.19 “Let me have this power, too,” he exclaimed, “so that when I lay my hands on people, they will receive the Holy Spirit!”

20 But Peter replied, “May your money be destroyed with you for thinking God’s gift can be bought!21 You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God.22 Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts,23 for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”

24 “Pray to the Lord for me,” Simon exclaimed, “that these terrible things you’ve said won’t happen to me!”

25 After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News.

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go southOr Go at noon. down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.”27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship,28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.

29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”

30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.

32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.

And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,

he did not open his mouth.

33 He was humiliated and received no justice.

Who can speak of his descendants?

For his life was taken from the earth.”Isa 53:7-8 (Greek version).

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?”35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.

36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”Some manuscripts add verse 37, “You can,” Philip answered, “if you believe with all your heart.” And the eunuch replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.40 Meanwhile, Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus. He preached the Good News there and in every town along the way until he came to Caesarea.

14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?

37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Psalm 130:1-8

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

Out of the depthsS Job 30:19; Ps 42:7; La 3:55 I cry to you,Ps 22:2; 55:17; 142:5 Lord;

Lord, hear my voice.S Ps 27:7; 28:2

Let your ears be attentiveS 2Ch 6:40

to my cry for mercy.S Ps 28:6; 31:22; 86:6; 140:6

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,

Lord, who could stand?S 1Sa 6:20; S Ezr 9:15; Ps 143:2; Na 1:6; Rev 6:17

But with you there is forgiveness,S Ex 34:7; S 2Sa 24:14; S Jer 31:34

so that we can, with reverence, serve you.S 1Ki 8:40

I wait for the Lord,S Ps 27:14; Isa 8:17; 26:8; 30:18; 49:23 my whole being waits,S Ps 5:3

and in his wordS Ps 119:74 I put my hope.

I wait for the Lord

more than watchmenPs 63:6 wait for the morning,

more than watchmen wait for the morning.S 2Sa 23:4

Israel, put your hopeS Ps 25:5; S 71:14 in the Lord,

for with the Lord is unfailing loveS 1Ch 21:13

and with him is full redemption.S Ps 111:9; S Ro 3:24

He himself will redeemLk 1:68 Israel

from all their sins.S Ex 34:7; S Mt 1:21

Psalm 130

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

From the depths of despair, O Lord,

I call for your help.

Hear my cry, O Lord.

Pay attention to my prayer.

Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,

who, O Lord, could ever survive?

But you offer forgiveness,

that we might learn to fear you.

I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

I long for the Lord

more than sentries long for the dawn,

yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;

for with the Lord there is unfailing love.

His redemption overflows.

He himself will redeem Israel

from every kind of sin.

130 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Proverbs 17:2-3

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son

and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,Pr 27:21

but the Lord tests the heart.S 1Ch 29:17; Ps 26:2; S 139:23; 1Pe 1:7

A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son

and will share the inheritance of the master’s children.

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,

but the Lord tests the heart.

A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

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