The death of King Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 20:35-21:1)

“After this, King Jehoshaphat of Judah joined with King Ahaziah of Israel, who did wickedly. He joined him in building ships to go to Tarshish. They built the ships in Ezion-geber. Then Eliezer son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against King Jehoshaphat, saying. ‘Because you have joined with King Ahaziah, Yahweh will destroy what you have made.’ The ships were wrecked as they were not able to go to Tarshish. King Jehoshaphat slept with his ancestors. He was buried with his ancestors in the city of David.”

This is like a postscript also based on 1 Kings, chapter 22, but drastically revised. In 1 Kings, King Jehoshaphat wanted to get gold from Ophir like King Solomon had done. However, his ships were destroyed in a shipwreck. Here the wicked King Ahaziah, the son of King Ahab, wanted to collaborate with King Jehoshaphat in sharing ships. Because they did, Yahweh destroyed the ships. Eliezer the prophet prophesied about this destruction. Many others had this same name of Eliezer, including some Levites, but this prophet only appears here. King Jehoshaphat died and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David in some honorable fashion.

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.