Old Testament: King Solomon
Details and Events in the Story of King Solomon in the Bible.
During his reign he made Israel a world power and great
wealth flowed into the kingdom. He had such great wisdom
from God that people came from distant lands to here him.
He taught many proverbs and wrote Ecclesiastes and Songs.
Israel Split In Two
Though Solomon was gifted with incredible wisdom, his heart
led him astray. Toward the end of his life troubles began
to appear through powerful factions, and enemies raised up
both within and without the nation. Though Solomon made
Jerusalem one of the wonders of the world, the kingdom was
ready for a collapse. When Solomon died (about 922 BC) the
kingdom split in two.
Solomon Asks For Wisdom
The Lord appeared to Solomon and offered him anything he
I Kings 3:5-14 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a
dream by night; and God said, "Ask! What shall I give you?"
And Solomon said: "You have shown great mercy to Your
servant David my father, because he walked before You in
truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with
You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and
You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is
this day. "Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant
king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I
do not know how to go out or come in. "And Your servant is
in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great
people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. "Therefore
give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your
people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who
is able to judge this great people of Yours?"
Solomon Built The Temple
Solomon became Israel`s most magnificent king. He built the
marvelous Temple and God`s favor was with him. When he had
finished the Temple he made sacrifices and said a public
I Kings 8:27-30 "But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain
You. How much less this temple which I have built! "Yet
regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O
LORD my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which
Your servant is praying before You today: "that Your eyes
may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the
place of which You said, `My name shall be there,` that You
may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this
place. "And may You hear the supplication of Your servant
and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this
place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You
hear, forgive. . ."
Solomon Ordained The Third King
David ordained that his son Solomon become the next king.
He then gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and said:
1 Chr 28:9-11 "As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of
your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a
willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and
understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek
Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He
will cast you off forever. "Consider now, for the LORD has
chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong,
and do it."
Solomons Wives And Concubines
Solomon did more than any other king to break down the
kingdom and to destroy its true foundations. His biggest
mistake was in disobeying God by taking many wives, and
marrying the daughters of foreign kings. He had 700 wives
and 300 concubines. He allowed them to build altars to
"Astarte" (Ishtar in Babylonia and Astoreth in Phoenicia)
the fertility goddess and other pagan gods.
The Glory Of God Filled The Temple
2 Chr 7:1-3 "When Solomon had finished praying, fire came
down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the
sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD,
because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD`S house.
When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down,
and the glory of the LORD on the temple, they bowed their
faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and
praised the LORD, saying: "For He is good, for His mercy
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