1 Kings chapter 11

Solomon does evil.

 


 

SOLOMON DOES EVIL

 

VERSE 1. Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites,

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VERSE 2. of the nations concerning which the LORD said to the children of Israel, “You shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon joined to these in love.

Solomon joined to these in love. This probably means “had sexual intercourse with.”

In the Old Testament era, sexual intercourse was the marital act. If you had sexual intercourse, you were thereby married.

Solomon had sexual intercourse with hundreds of women. Therefore he had hundreds of wives.

 

VERSE 3. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines. His wives turned his heart away.

seven hundred wives. The LORD God forbade the kings from multiplying wives to themselves.

However, Solomon disobeyed the command of the LORD God:

Deuteronomy 17:17. He shall not multiply wives to himself, that his heart not turn away. He shall not greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

His wives turned his heart away. This phrase is blaming the women. But they were not the problem. Solomon himself was the problem.

Society often deflects blame away from men, putting the blame on women instead.

When men let that happen, they are being cowardly. They should have the courage to take responsibility for their own actions.

 

VERSE 4. When Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father was.

his wives turned away his heart. This phrase is blaming the women. But they were not the problem. Solomon himself was the problem.

Society often deflects blame away from men, putting the blame on women instead.

When men let that happen, they are being cowardly. They should have the courage to take responsibility for their own actions.

his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God. For a believer, this is priority number one. Solomon did not safeguard this.

 

VERSE 5. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

Here are the foreign gods Solomon worshiped:

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VERSE 6. Solomon did that which was evil in the LORD’s sight, and didn’t go fully after the LORD, as David his father did.

did that which was evil. This will be a refrain. It will be said of almost every king that follows.

didn’t go fully after the LORD. Solomon was half-hearted about the LORD God.

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VERSE 7. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the mountain that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children of Ammon.

Here are the foreign gods Solomon worshiped:

 

VERSE 8. So he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

 

VERSE 9. The LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,

his heart was turned away. In verse 6 above, Solomon was half-hearted about the LORD God. In this verse, Solomon is completely turned away.

 

VERSE 10. and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he didn’t keep that which the LORD commanded.

 

VERSE 11. Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Because this is done by you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.

 

VERSE 12. Nevertheless, I will not do it in your days, for David your father’s sake; but I will tear it out of your son’s hand.

I will tear it out of your son’s hand. The son will suffer for the misdeeds of his father.

Later in the biblical narrative, that policy will be done away with:

Ezekiel 18:19. Yet you say, ‘Why doesn’t the son bear the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done that which is lawful and right, and has kept all my statutes, and has done them, he will surely live.

 

VERSE 13. However, I will not tear away all the kingdom; but I will give one tribe to your son, for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.”

 

VERSE 14. The LORD raised up an adversary to Solomon: Hadad the Edomite. He was one of the king’s offspring in Edom.

one of the king’s offspring. Having had sexual intercourse with 700 different women, we imagine Solomon had children everywhere.

 

VERSE 15. For when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the army had gone up to bury the slain, and had struck every male in Edom

 

VERSE 16. (for Joab and all Israel remained there six months, until he had cut off every male in Edom),

 

VERSE 17. Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt, when Hadad was still a little child.

 

VERSE 18. They arose out of Midian and came to Paran; and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave him a house, and appointed him food, and gave him land.

 

VERSE 19. Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him as wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.

 

VERSE 20. The sister of Tahpenes bore him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house; and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s house among the sons of Pharaoh.

 

VERSE 21. When Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, “Let me depart, that I may go to my own country.”

 

VERSE 22. Then Pharaoh said to him, “But what have you lacked with me, that behold, you seek to go to your own country?” He answered, “Nothing, however only let me depart.”

 

VERSE 23. God raised up an adversary to him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who had fled from his lord, Hadadezer king of Zobah.

 

VERSE 24. He gathered men to himself, and became captain over a troop, when David killed them of Zobah. They went to Damascus and lived there, and reigned in Damascus.

 

VERSE 25. He was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, in addition to the mischief of Hadad. He abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.

 

VERSE 26. Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, a servant of Solomon, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow, also lifted up his hand against the king.

 

VERSE 27. This was the reason why he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breach of his father David’s city.

 

VERSE 28. The man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor; and Solomon saw the young man that he was industrious, and he put him in charge of all the labor of the house of Joseph.

 

VERSE 29. At that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the way. Now Ahijah had clad himself with a new garment; and the two of them were alone in the field.

 

VERSE 30. Ahijah took the new garment that was on him, and tore it in twelve pieces.

 

VERSE 31. He said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces; for the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you

 

VERSE 32. (but he shall have one tribe, for my servant David’s sake and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel),

 

VERSE 33. because they have forsaken me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon. They have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in my eyes, and to keep my statutes and my ordinances, as David his father did.

 

VERSE 34. “ ‘However, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake whom I chose, who kept my commandments and my statutes,

 

VERSE 35. but I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand and will give it to you, even ten tribes.

 

VERSE 36. I will give one tribe to his son, that David my servant may have a lamp always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen for myself to put my name there.

 

VERSE 37. I will take you, and you shall reign according to all that your soul desires, and shall be king over Israel.

 

VERSE 38. It shall be, if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do that which is right in my eyes, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did, that I will be with you, and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to you.

 

VERSE 39. I will afflict the offspring of David for this, but not forever.’ ”

 

VERSE 40. Therefore Solomon sought to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

Shishak king of Egypt. In the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, Professor Indiana Jones mentions Shishak.

1 Kings 14:25. In the fifth year of king Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem;

 

VERSE 41. Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, aren’t they written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

 

VERSE 42. The time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

 

VERSE 43. Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in his father David’s city; and Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.

 


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