Solomon’s Weakness

Despite his great wisdom, and the outpouring of blessing from the Lord, we see Solomon’s downfall begin:

“King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.  They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.  He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.  As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.  He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites.  So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done.”  — 1 Kings 11:1-6

Like his father before him, it seems that Solomon has a need for the love of multiple women.  But in Solomon’s case, his interest extends in large part to women outside of the Israelite nation.  And the pagan religious beliefs of these women creeps into Solomon’s activities.

It is amazing to me that the wisest man who ever lived can give in to the detestable practices of Molech and Ashotoreth – which we have detailed here and here.  It seems likely that Solomon gave approval to have children offered to the god Molech, in a most horrifying way.  How can this happen to such a wise man?  It appears that the difference between Solomon and his father David is that once Solomon took his eyes off of the Lord, he never repented and came back.  He is lost to his own desires.  And curiously, the story of Solomon abruptly ends, and moves on to the next king.  The Bible does not spell out a glowing legacy of fatherhood for Solomon, as it did for his father.


1 Response to “Solomon’s Weakness”

  1. 1 MrMQ
    January 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    You might be interested to know what Islamic book Quran says about “Prophet Solomon” 😉

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