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Queen

No explicit mention of queens is made till we read of the “queen of Sheba.” The wives of the kings of Israel are not so designated. In Psalms 45:9, the Hebrew for “queen” is not malkah, one actually ruling like the Queen of Sheba, but shegal, which simply means the king's wife.

In 1 Kings 11:19, Pharaoh's wife is called “the queen,” but the Hebrew word so rendered (g'birah is simply a title of honor, denoting a royal lady, used sometimes for “queen-mother” (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chron. 15:16). In Song of Songs 6:8, 9, the king's wives are styled “queens” (Hebrew: melakhoth).

In the New Testament we read of the “queen of the south”, i.e., Southern Arabia, Sheba (Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31) and the “queen of the Ethiopians” (Acts 8:27), Candace.

Queens in the Bible

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