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Solomon Turns from God

1 Now King R435 Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2 from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, "You R436 shall not associate F325 with them, nor shall they associate F325 with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods." Solomon held fast to these in love. 3 He R437 had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. 4 For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his R438 heart was not wholly F326 devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth R439 the goddess of the Sidonians and after Milcom R440 F327 the detestable idol of the Ammonites. 6 Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not follow the LORD fully, as David his father had done. 7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh R441 the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain which is east F328 of Jerusalem, and for Molech R442 the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon. 8 Thus also he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

9 Now the R443 LORD was angry with Solomon because R444 his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who R445 had appeared to him twice, 10 and had R446 commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not observe what the LORD had commanded. 11 So the LORD said to Solomon, "Because you F329 have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I R447 will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. 12 "Nevertheless I will not do it in your days for the sake of your father David, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 "However, I R448 will not tear away all the kingdom, but I R449 will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David and for R450 the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen."

God Raises Adversaries

14 Then the LORD raised up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; he was of the royal F330 line in Edom. 15 For it came about, when R451 David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, and had struck R452 down every male in Edom 16 (for Joab and all Israel stayed there six months, until he had cut off every male in Edom), 17 that Hadad fled to F331 Egypt, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, while Hadad was a young boy. 18 They arose from Midian and came to Paran; R453 and they took men with them from Paran and came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave him a house and assigned him food and gave him land. 19 Now Hadad found great favor before F332 Pharaoh, so that he gave him in marriage the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. 20 The sister of Tahpenes bore his son Genubath, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house; and Genubath was in Pharaoh's house among the sons of Pharaoh. 21 But when R454 Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, "Send me away, that I may go to my own country." 22 Then Pharaoh said to him, "But what have you lacked with me, that behold, you are seeking to go to your own country?" And he answered, "Nothing; nevertheless you must surely let F333 me go."

23 God R455 also raised up another adversary to him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who had fled from his lord Hadadezer R456 king of Zobah. 24 He gathered men to himself and became leader of a marauding band, after R457 David slew them of Zobah; and they went to Damascus and stayed there, F334 and reigned in Damascus. 25 So he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, along with the evil that Hadad did; and he abhorred Israel and reigned over Aram.

26 Then Jeroboam R458 the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow, also R459 rebelled F335 against the king. 27 Now this was the reason why he rebelled F336 against the king: Solomon R460 built the Millo, F337 and closed up the breach of the city of his father David. 28 Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when Solomon R461 saw that the young man was industrious, F338 he appointed him over all the forced F339 labor of the house of Joseph. 29 It came about at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the R462 prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now Ahijah F340 had clothed himself with a new cloak; and both of them were alone in the field. 30 Then Ahijah R463 took hold of the new cloak which was on him and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 He said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `Behold, I R464 will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes 32 (but R465 he will have one tribe, for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the R466 city which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel), 33 because they have forsaken Me, and have R467 worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh R468 the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the sons of Ammon; and they have not walked in My ways, doing what is right in My sight and observing My statutes and My ordinances, as his father David did. 34 `Nevertheless I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him ruler F341 all the days of his life, for the sake of My servant David whom I chose, who observed My commandments and My statutes; 35 but I R469 will take the kingdom from his son's hand and give it to you, even ten tribes. 36 `But to R470 his son I will give one tribe, that R471 My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the R470 city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name. 37 `I will take you, and you shall reign over whatever you F342 desire, and you shall be king over Israel. 38 `Then it will be, that if you listen to all that I command you and walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I R472 will be with you and build R473 you an enduring house as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you. 39 `Thus I will afflict the descendants F343 of David for this, but not always.' " 40 Solomon sought therefore to put Jeroboam to death; but Jeroboam arose and fled to Egypt to Shishak R474 king of Egypt, and he was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

The Death of Solomon

41 Now R475 the rest of the acts of Solomon and whatever he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon? 42 Thus the R476 time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43 And Solomon slept R477 with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David, and his son Rehoboam R478 reigned in his place.

F325: Lit said
F325: Lit said
F326: Or booths
F327: Lit he and the 32 kings
F328: Lit smote
F329: Lit smote
F330: Lit number
F331: Lit smote
F332: Lit soul
F333: Lit divined
F334: Lit caught from him
F335: Lit caused him to come up
F336: Lit his neighbor
F337: Lit smite
F338: Lit smote
F339: Lit smite
F340: Lit smote
F341: Lit striking and wounding
F342: Lit soul
F343: Lit it is good in your eyes

R435: Deuteronomy 17:17; Nehemiah 13:23-27
R436: Exodus 23:31-33; 34:12-16; Deuteronomy 7:3
R437: 2 Samuel 5:13-16
R438: 1 Kings 9:4
R439: Judges 2:13; 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:3,4
R440: 1 Kings 11:7
R441: Numbers 21:29; Judges 11:24; 2 Kings 23:13
R442: Leviticus 20:2-5; 2 Kings 23:10; Acts 7:43
R443: Psalms 90:7
R444: 1 Kings 11:2,4
R445: 1 Kings 3:5; 9:2
R446: 1 Kings 6:12; 9:6,7
R447: 1 Samuel 2:30; 1 Kings 11:29-31; 12:15,16,20; 2 Kings 17:15,21
R448: 2 Samuel 7:15; 1 Chronicles 17:13; Psalms 89:33
R449: 1 Kings 11:32,36; 12:20
R450: 1 Kings 8:29
R451: 2 Samuel 8:14; 1 Chronicles 18:12,13
R452: Deuteronomy 20:13
R453: Numbers 10:12; Deuteronomy 1:1
R454: 1 Kings 2:10
R455: 1 Kings 11:14
R456: 2 Samuel 8:3; 10:16
R457: 2 Samuel 10:8,18
R458: 1 Kings 11:11,28; 12:2,20; 2 Chronicles 13:6
R459: 2 Samuel 20:21
R460: 1 Kings 9:15,24
R461: Proverbs 22:29
R462: 1 Kings 12:15; 14:2; 2 Chronicles 9:29
R463: 1 Samuel 15:27,28
R464: 1 Kings 11:11,12
R465: 1 Kings 11:13; 12:21
R466: 1 Kings 11:13; 14:21
R467: 1 Samuel 7:3; 1 Kings 11:5-8
R468: Numbers 21:29; Jeremiah 48:7,13
R469: 1 Kings 11:12; 12:16,17
R470: 1 Kings 11:13
R471: 1 Kings 15:4; 2 Kings 8:19; Psalms 132:17
R470: 1 Kings 11:13
R472: Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:5
R473: 2 Samuel 7:11,27
R474: 1 Kings 14:25; 2 Chronicles 12:2-9
R475: 2 Chronicles 9:29
R476: 2 Chronicles 9:30
R477: 1 Kings 2:10; 2 Chronicles 9:31
R478: 1 Kings 14:21; Matthew 1:7


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