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Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Wives of Solomon


Why did Solomon have so many wives?

History reveals that Solomon was very aggressive in his foreign policy.  In his time, it was customary for a lesser king to give his daughter in marriage to a greater king. Every time a new treaty was made, Solomon ended up with another wife. These marriages were primarily political in nature. It may be that Solomon was not even personally acquainted with some of these "wives." Unfortunately, taking these wives made him disobedient to the Lord. It seems he was so obsessed with power and wealth that it overshadowed his spiritual life, and he was unfaithful. He ended up worshipping some of the false gods of the women he married. In taking these wives Solomon sinned in two ways; First, he disobeyed God's revealed will regarding monogamy. (see Genesis 1:27; 2:21-24) Second, the influence of pagan wives caused him to worship false gods.

(King Solomon) He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray.  1 Kings 11:3


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