King Solomon And All His Wives!

King Solomon was blessed by God with supernatural wisdom. He was the most wise person on the earth. Was he permitted by the Law of Moses to have multiple wives?

1 Kings 11:1-3 reports,

"But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hitters; from the nations of whom the LORD had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart."

In Solomon's day wives were currency. For example, a lesser king would seal a treaty with a greater king by offering up his daughter to be the wife of his victorious opponent. Solomon, being the aggressive king that he was, acquired many wives through this process. The offerings of daughters became tokens of friendship between the Solomon and other kings. Solomon became intoxicated from this and fell into some ill fate. In these times there was a strong religion current.

In Deuteronomy 17:16-17 God says, "...the king shall not multiply horses to himself... Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn(s) not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold." It was believed that intermarrying with the women of other tribes led to the worship of idols and false gods. Solomon became obsessed with power and wealth, defecting his religion. He began to worship the pagan gods of his wives. Not only was he disregarding God's statute in Deuteronomy, he also went against God's model for a man and a woman regarding monogamy (see Genesis 1:27; 2:21-25).

The repercussions of Solomon's disobedience were as prophesied. The Bible says, "The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord's command. So the Lord said to Solomon, "Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son" (1 Kings 11:9-12). After 40 years as ruler of Israel, Solomon died. He was buried in the City of David and his son Rehoboam succeeded him as king. Under his son's rule Solomon's empire was lost and the kingdom was divided into two parts, in the north, Israel, and in the south, Judah.

We see by this account that God's word to his people is always faithful.

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