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Solomon's Wives

King Solomon's corruption is usually attributed to his many foreign wives. But what, specifically, was it that caused the corruption? Was the problem caused by their being foreign? No. For example, righteous Joseph (see The Israelite Patriarchs - Joseph) and righteous Moses (see The Education Of Moses and The Trysting Tent) married foreign women and were not corrupted by them.

Abraham

"41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On" (Genesis 41:45 KJV)

"12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman" (Numbers 12:1 KJV)

What about his having more than one wife? Was that the cause? No. Back then (but not later i.e. "the husband of one wife" Titus 1:6 KJV), some men had more than one wife and were not religiously corrupted; righteous Jacob (who The Lord renamed as Israel; see Children of Jacob) and righteous Abraham (see Israel's Iraqi Roots and Abram and Sarai) had multiple wives and/or concubines.

"31:17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels" (Genesis 31:17 KJV)

"25:6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had" (Genesis 25:6 KJV)

"For surely they will turn away your heart after their gods"

"11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods" refers, first and foremost, to not marrying anyone who is involved in heathen religion. It's not the number or the nationality that causes religious problems, it's the religion of people who have yet to come to conversion.

People

"11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect [see Perfection] with the LORD his God [see 'The God Of The Old Testament' and The Ancient of Days], as was the heart of David his father. 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.

11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place [see High Places and Groves] for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. 11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant [see Covenant and Testament] and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen." (1 Kings 11:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: What happened to Israel because of Solomon's corruption?
See The Division Of Israel


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