1And Sheba, the queen of the South, was astonished when she saw the temple I was building, and she gave ten thousand shekels of bronze. 2She went into the temple and saw the altar, and the cherubim and seraphim overshadowing the mercy seat, and the two hundred precious stones of the lamps flashing with different colours, lamps of emerald and hyacinth stones and sapphire. 3And she saw the vessels of silver and bronze and gold, and the bases of the pillars entwined with bronze wrought like chains. She saw also the brazen sea with its base 1 The meaning of ἐπισταθόν is uncertain. See 1 Kings vii. 23–25; 2 Chron. iv. 2–4 . and the thirty-six bulls. 4And they were all working in the temple of God – for the wage of one gold talent, except for the demons.