10 When the queen of Shebao heard about the famep of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.q 2 Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravanr—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. 3 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. 4 When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, 5 the food on his table,s the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made ata the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.
6 She said to the king, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. 7 But I did not believet these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealthu you have far exceeded the report I heard. 8 How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hearv your wisdom! 9 Praisew 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 lovex for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justicey and righteousness.”
11 (Hiram’s ships brought gold from Ophir;a and from there they brought great cargoes of almugwoodc and precious stones. 12 The king used the almugwood to make supportsd 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.)
Or the ascent by which he went up to
That is, about 4 1/2 tons or about 4 metric tons
Probably a variant of algumwood; also in verse 12
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.