And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
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Ephrem The Syrian
The queen of Sheba was a sheep that had come into the place of wolves. The lamp of truth did Solomon give her who also married her when he fell away. She was enlightened and went away, but they were dark as their manner was. - "The Pearl, Hymn 3.3"
Saba is written with sh, to denote a part of Arabia, and with s, when Ethiopia is meant, Psalm lxxi. 10. The former is here designated, (Menochius) being "the ends of the earth, east "of Judea, (Tacitus, Hist. v.) and lying also to the south of that country, Matthew xii. 42. This region was famous for gold, and acknowledged the dominion of women: Medis levibusque Sabæis Imperat hic sexus. (Claud. Eutrop. i.) Grotius follows the opinion of Josephus ( viii. 6.) and Origen, (hom. 2. in Canticle of Canticles.) who place the seat of this queen's empire at Meroe. The Abyssinians also pretend that their kings are descendants of Solomon, by the queen of Saba; and that Azarias, the son of Sadoc, stole the tables of the law, when he brought back his pupil from Jerusalem. (Sanctius)
This shows their vanity and ignorance. (Calmet)
Still many suppose that this queen came from their country. (Worthington)
Lord, who had raised Solomon to so great splendour, while, on the other hand, the king endea...