Solomon son of David
2 Samuel 12:24 International Children’s Bible
Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife. He slept with her and had intimate relations with her. She became pregnant again and had another son. David named the boy Solomon. The Lord loved Solomon.
1 Chronicles 22:6-12 Easy-to-Read Version
Then David called for his son Solomon and told him to build the Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel. David said to Solomon, “My son, I wanted to build a temple for the name of the Lord my God. But the Lord said to me, ‘David, you have fought many wars and you have killed many people. So you cannot build a temple for my name. But you have a son who is a man of peace. I will give your son a time of peace. His enemies around him will not bother him. His name is Solomon. And I will give Israel peace and quiet during the time that he is king. Solomon will build a temple for my name. He will be my son, and I will be his Father. I will make his kingdom strong, and someone from his family will rule Israel forever!’”
David also said, “Now, son, may the Lord be with you. May you be successful and build the Temple for the Lord your God, as he said you would. He will make you the king of Israel. May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding so that you can lead the people and obey the law of the Lord your God.
1 Kings 3:5-15 Easy-to-Read Version
While Solomon was at Gibeon, the Lord came to him at night in a dream. God said, “Solomon, ask me what you want me to give you.”
Solomon answered, “You were very kind and loyal to your servant, my father David. He was faithful to you and lived a good, honest life. And you showed him the greatest kindness when you let his son take his place as king. Lord my God, you have made me the king in my father’s place, but I am like a small child. I don’t have the wisdom I need to do what I must do. I am your servant here among your chosen people. There are so many that they cannot be counted. So I ask you to give me the wisdom to rule and judge them well and to help me know the difference between right and wrong. Without such great wisdom, it would be impossible to rule this great nation.”
The Lord was happy that Solomon asked for wisdom. So God said to him, “You did not ask for long life and riches for yourself. You did not ask for the death of your enemies. You asked for the wisdom to listen and make the right decisions. So I will give you what you asked for. I will make you wise and intelligent. I will make you wiser than anyone who ever lived or ever will live. And I will also give you what you did not ask for. You will have riches and honor all your life. There will be no other king in the world as great as you. And I will give you a long life if you follow me and obey my laws and commands as your father David did.”
Solomon woke up and knew that God had spoken to him in the dream. Then Solomon went to Jerusalem and stood before the Box of the Lord’s Agreement. He offered a burnt offering and fellowship offerings to the Lord and then gave a party for all of his officials.
- An ark is a box or chest; the ark of the testimony is the box of the agreement.
1 Kings 3:16-28 Easy-to-Read Version
Proof of Solomon’s Wisdom
One day two prostitutes came to Solomon and stood before the king. One of the women said, “Sir, this woman and I live in the same house. We were both pregnant and ready to give birth to our babies. I had my baby while she was there with me. Three days later she also gave birth to her baby. There was no one else in the house with us, just the two of us. One night while this woman was asleep with her baby, the baby died. That night while I was asleep, she took my son from my bed and carried him to her bed. Then she put the dead baby in my bed. In the morning I woke up and was about to feed the baby when I saw he was dead. When I looked at him more closely, I saw that he was not my baby.”
But the other woman said, “No! The dead baby is yours, and the one still alive is mine!”
But the first woman said, “No, you are wrong! The dead baby is yours! The one that is still alive is mine.” So the two women argued in front of the king.
Then King Solomon said, “Each of you says that the living baby is your own and that the dead baby belongs to the other woman.” Then King Solomon sent his servant to get a sword. He told the servant, “Cut the living baby in two and give one half of the baby to each woman.”
The second woman said, “Yes, cut him in two. Then neither of us will have him.” But the first woman, the real mother, loved her son and said to the king, “Please, sir, don’t kill the baby! Give him to her.”
Then King Solomon said, “Stop, don’t kill the baby. Give him to this woman. She is the real mother.”
The people of Israel respected the king when they heard about this decision. They saw he had the wisdom of God to make the right decisions.
1 Kings 6:11-13 Easy-to-Read Version
The Lord said to Solomon, “If you obey all my laws and commands, I will do for you what I promised your father David. I will live among the children of Israel in this Temple that you are building, and I will never leave the people of Israel.”
1 Kings 6:37-38 Easy-to-Read Version
They started working on the Lord’s Temple in the month of Ziv, the second month of the year. This was during Solomon’s fourth year as king of Israel. The Temple was finished in the month of Bul, the eighth month of the year, in Solomon’s eleventh year as king. It took seven years to build the Temple. It was built exactly as planned.
1 Kings 7: 51 Easy to Read Version
So King Solomon finished all the work he wanted to do for the Lord’s Temple. Then he took everything his father David had saved for this special purpose and put them in the Temple. He put the silver and gold in the special storage rooms in the Lord’s Temple
1 Kings 11: 1-2 Easy-to-Read Version
Solomon and His Many Wives
King Solomon loved many foreign women, including the daughter of Pharaoh and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and the Hittites. In the past the Lord had said to the Israelites, “You must not marry people from other nations. If you do, they will cause you to follow their gods.” But Solomon fell in love with these women.
1 Kings 11:4-6 Easy to Read Version
When Solomon was old, his wives caused him to follow other gods, so he did not follow the Lord completely as his father David did. Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of Sidon, and Milcom, the horrible god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what the Lord said was wrong. He did not follow the Lord completely as his father David did.
1 Kings 11:42 Easy-to-Read Version
Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.
I have read that Solomon was twenty when he became king, and he was sixty when he died. I am sixty-two now and I am just getting to the point where I am occasionally making wise decisions … emphasis on the word occasionally. It is clear King Solomon desired to please the Lord; he asked for wisdom to judge and to know right from wrong.
Solomon like many of us start out wanting and striving to be the best that we can be, physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually. As time goes by confidence gives way to temptation and sin. The Israelites were warned by God that to marry people from other nations, would cause one to worship other gods. Solomon had many wives and thinking only of his desires, went against God’s warnings. He was indeed led to worship other gods.
Other gods could be a variety of things, whatever prevents me from following God’s Word could in time become my god.
Oh Lord, help me to learn from Solomon three very important things.
- One, to ask earnestly for God’s Will; He will provide a way.
- Two, with God on my side nothing can defeat me.
- Three, even having all the blessings and provisions God so graciously bestows upon me, I can and do still make many bad choices.
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