The wealth of King Solomon (2 Chr 8:17-8:18)

“Then King Solomon went to Ezion-geber and Eloth on the shore of the sea, in the land of Edom. King Huram sent him ships with his servants who were familiar with the sea. They went to Ophir together with the servants of King Solomon. They imported from there four hundred and fifty talents of gold. They brought it to King Solomon.”

Once again, this is based on 1 Kings, chapter 9. Here King Solomon is not in the ship building business. Here his good friend Hiram or Huram from Tyre helped with his ships since his men were good seamen. Everything else is exactly the same. They went to the same places. Eloth was a seaport in the land of Edom on the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba. Ophir is difficult to locate, but there was a huge gold mine there. There is a mention of this in Genesis, chapter 10, when showing how the earth was populated after the great flood. The descendants of Shem, Noah’s son lived in the Persian Gulf or the Indian Ocean area and they mentioned the town of Ophir. So both biblical authors were familiar with this town and its gold. This time the gold haul is 450 talents of gold, 30 more talents than was in 1 Kings. That would put its value over 2 billion USA dollars, $2,000,000,000.00, quite a large amount of money or wealth for any time, even for 3,000 years ago. They brought all this gold to King Solomon.

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