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1 Kings 11

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 1 But King Solomon loved many strange [foreign] women, the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites,

 2 From the nations of whom the LORD had said to the children of Israel, "You shall not intermarry with them, nor shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods." Nevertheless, Solomon clung to these in love.

 3 He had seven hundred wives who were princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away from God.

 4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart away after other gods, and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

 5 For Solomon followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Milcom the abominable idol of the Ammonites.

 6 So Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully follow the LORD, as did David his father.

 7 Then did Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is opposite Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children of Ammon.

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

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

 10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not follow after other gods, but he did not do what the LORD commanded.

 11 Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, "Because you have done this and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and will give it to your servant!1

 12 Nevertheless in your days I will not do it, for David your father's sake. But I will tear it out of the hand of your son.

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

 14 Then the LORD stirred up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; he was a descendant of the king in Edom.

 15 For when David was in Edom, Joab the captain of the army had gone up to bury the dead, and had cut down every male in Edom.

 16 (For Joab with all Israel remained there for six months until he had slain every male in Edom).

 17 But Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants, to go into Egypt. Hadad was still a little child.

 18 The Edomites set out from Midian and came to Paran, and took men with them out of Paran and came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave Hadad a house and provisions and land.

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

 20 And the sister of Tahpenes bore him Genubath, his son, whom Tahpenes brought up in Pharaoh's house; Genubath lived in Pharaoh's household among the sons of Pharaoh.

 21 But 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."

 22 Then Pharaoh said to him, "But what have you lacked with me, that now you seek to go to your own country?" And he answered, "Nothing. However, let me go on anyway."

 23 And God stirred up another adversary against Solomom, Rezon the son of Eliadah, who had fled from his lord Hadadezer, king of Zobah.

 24 Rezon had gathered men to him and become captain over a band of raiders, when David killed those of Zobah. And they went to Damascus and dwelt there and reigned in Damascus.

 25  Rezon was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, besides the trouble that Hadad caused. Rezon abhorred Israel and reigned over Syria.

 26 Then Solomon's servant, Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite from Zereda, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, also rebelled against the king.

 27 This is the account of that rebellion against the king: Solomon had built the Millo and repaired the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.

 28 Jeroboam was a mighty man of standing, and Solomon, seeing that the young man was industrious, made him the officer over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph.

 29 Now at that time, when Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the way. Ahijah had clad himself with a new garment, and they were alone in the field.

 30 Ahijah caught the new garment that he was wearing, and he tore it into twelve pieces.

 31 And he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you.

 32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake and for Jerusalem's sake, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel),

 33 Because he has forsaken me and worshipped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians; Chemosh, the god of the Moabites; and Milcom, the god of the children of Ammon; and he has not walked in my ways to do what is right in my sight, keeping my statutes and my ordinances, as did David, his father.

 34 However, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand; but I will make him ruler all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose because he kept my commands and my statutes.

 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand and will give you ten of the tribes.

 36 And I will give one tribe to his son, so that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen to put my name.

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

 38 And if you will listen to and obey to all that I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my sight, keeping my statutes and my commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you and build you a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to you.

 39  I will afflict the descendants of David because of this, but not forever.'"

 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.

 41 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, all that he did and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

 42  Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.

 43 Then Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

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1 Because you have done this and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and will give it to your servant! How could Solomon have been so wise, so blessed by God both materially and spiritually, and then worship stone and wooden idols? There is only one explanation: and old man, trying to please young, attractive women; lust blinds, lust overcomes common sense, lust drives a man crazy — and yet lust is an illusion. One of the greatest dangers to a man's good sense is flattering women. Lust is an illusion because we think we will be happy if we have this one more thing, this one more woman, this one more pleasure; yet after we get it, we quickly form a lust for more, or newer, or different.


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