|1 Kings 11:1-12 |
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.
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.