1 Kings Chapter 11

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1 Kings 11

1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

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.

And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

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 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

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.

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.

14 And the Lord stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom.

15 For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom;

16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:)

17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.

18 And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land.

19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.

20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household among the sons of Pharaoh.

21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and that Joab the captain of the host was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.

22 Then Pharaoh said unto him, But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seekest to go to thine own country? And he answered, Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.

23 And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah:

24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.

25 And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.

26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.

27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.

28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:

30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:

31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)

33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:

35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.

38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.

40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

25 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 11

  1. v4 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 with the LORD his GOD, as was the heart of David his father.

    In his strength and pride he dangerously substituted GODS commandments and ways,
    for the love of strange women, gods, and their idols.
    Every thing that’s not of JESUS shall come down . What a legacy. Solomon’s son had to pay for his father’s sins.
    satan has many substitutes for the real
    Our GOD IS REAL and there are no substitutes for the real move of GOD.
    Like Solomon you will hate the very thing you gave JESUS for.
    Rather say ” Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”. Rom.8:35

    Thank you Heavenly Father for your legacy for your children.
    To all the fathers..at POFW
    Happy Father’s Day!
    iPray
    iSubmit
    iWorship

  2. v4 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 with the LORD his GOD, as was the heart of David his father.

    In his pride, strength and disobedience Solomon dangerously substituted GOD’s commandments and HIS ways. For the love of
    strange women,gods and their idols.
    Everything that’s of JESUS shall come down.

    Solomon’s son had to pay for his father’s
    sins…. What a legacy.
    Like Solomon you will live to hate the very thing you give JESUS up for, and satan has many substitutes for the real move of GOD.
    Our great is REAL and there are no substitutes for the real move of GOD.
    Rom.8:35 says…,
    ” Who shall separate us from the love
    of Christ?”
    Thank you Heavenly Father for your legacy for
    Your children.
    To all the fathers of POFW
    Happy Father’s Day!
    i

  3. THE LORD asked Solomon not to fail Him by doing wrong or He was going to give his blessing and calling to someone else.
    I ilove the Lord very much to make a stand for Him, like He did for me when He died on the cross for me.
    sometimes we have gods that we all try not to have but are they necessary? No. Not when JESUS is the Ultamate God. Who would want anything else? I sure dont. I thank God for being my friend enough to tell me that I might be doing or putting all my energy and devotion into one/same thing over and over (gods ).
    The Lord is very much Alive in my life and I thank Him for not forgetting me even when I might mess up. Thanks for revelation then repentance that He is there.
    ilove HIM /JESUS /!!!!

  4. 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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

    Perfect #8003

    1) complete, safe, peaceful, perfect, whole, full, at peace
        a) complete
            1) full, perfect
            2) finished
        b) safe, unharmed
        c) peace (of covenant of peace, mind)
            1) perfect, complete (of keeping covenant relation)

    Some things will seemingly not affect us today yet will show up later on down the road; we certainly must be careful to not sow seeds we will later regret when they become fruitful. Anything that we allow to take our heart from perfectly or completely following after God opens us up to bad seeds being sown. Before Solomon ever dealt with Ashtoreth, Chemosh, or Milcom, he first allowed his own desire to edge God out of the throne of his heart by choosing foreign wives in disobedience to God’s command. Forbidden fruit comes in many forms now, yet all of it is just as deadly as the original forbidden fruit of the garden if we choose disobedience and carnal desire over God.

  5. 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,

    How many times have we failed God and turned away from God? How many times has the Lord got angry with us cause we choose things over him.

    3Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 KJV

    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.

    How many times have we made something in our lives our God? We are all guilty but Lord have mercy on us that we (I) will give our (my) all to you and to your kingdom. Help me to be a light to the lost.

  6. 1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

    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.

    3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

    Beware of who you hang with, for if their heart is not in God they will little by little pull you away from God.

  7. LUST DESTROYS BUT LOVE NEVER FAILS

    1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
    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.
    3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
    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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
    5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
    6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

    In the beginning of his reign, Solomon was identified as the wisest man to live. We should never question that fact simply because the Word of GOD says it to be true. However what we can and should question is; “Did Solomon apply that wisdom to his own life.”

    We read how his wisdom astounded Sheba, now this train wreck of an ending. We would be wise to examine why his life ended this way.

    The “what” is always easier to identify than the “why”.

    He loved strange women who weakened his faith by their idol worship.

    WHY?

    “LUST”

    “PRIDE”

    “DISOBEDIENCE”

    “IDOL WORSHIP”

    Loving GOD never failed David his father, however lust has destroyed the wisest man that ever lived.

    Submit to GOD.

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  8. 6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

    We must fully pursue after the Lord. Be Fully Engaged in the Lord.

  9. 1 KINGS 11
    1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

    We see here that Solomon loved strange woman…but in previous verses it says he loved the Lord…
    And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. (1 Kings 3:3 KJV)

    Which one did he finally choose?

    No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:13 KJV)

  10. iLove to eat supper with Jesus

    Practice what You Preachh

    But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; (1 Kings 11:1 KJV)

    TWOT – 1368c
    נָכְרִי nokriy
    Adjective nok-ree’
    from (05235) (second form)
    from (second form); strange, in a variety of degrees and applications (foreign, non-relative, adulterous, different, wonderful):–alien, foreigner, outlandish, strange(-r, woman).
    foreign, alien
    foreign
    foreigner (subst)
    foreign woman, harlot
    unknown, unfamiliar (fig.)

    The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein. (Proverbs 22:14 KJV)

  11. God has a place for everyone, but if we choose by our actions to step out of our place that God has prepared for us, God has someone else that will step and take our place.

    We find that God had visited Solomon twice and instructed him what was necessary in order to be blessed by the Lord. Solomon allowed his heart to be turned to other Gods, and no longer worshipped the One, True and Living God. Because of this the kingdom was stripped from him, and another appointed by God to reign.

    I don’t want to lose my place in the Kingdom because of actions not please to the Lord. My life is not my own, it belongs to God!

  12. 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

    We serve a God of second chances.

  13. One spouse happy. Solomon had way too many. He was given 2warninhs and still ignored God. God removed Hos blessing and was angry because of his worship of other gods. Not only did he make 2 temples and sacrifice to 2false gods, but he also put his wives in a place where they were either an idol or false god to him as well.

  14. Verses 11-13 in the MSG read….”God said to Solomon, “Since this is the way it is with you, that you have no intention of keeping faith with me and doing what I have commanded, I’m going to rip the kingdom from you and hand it over to someone else. But out of respect for your father David I won’t do it in your lifetime. It’s your son who will pay—I’ll rip it right out of his grasp. Even then I won’t take it all; I’ll leave him one tribe in honor of my servant David and out of respect for my chosen city Jerusalem.” This chapter once again shows the results of our actions can and do change other people’s lives. Out of respect for David he would leave Solomon’s son with one tribe; but, on the other hand it was his own father, Solomon, that his son will have the kingdom ripped away from him.

  15. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

    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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

    5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

    6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

    What a sad story for Solomon who started out doing so well; sadly later on in his life he allowed women to turn his heart… Solomon had every promise and blessing that men could ever want. All he had to do was serve God faithfully; how many times in our lives have we been right were God wanted us and then we screw it up because of our crazy mistakes. I pray that God would help me never to let anything turn my heart away from him.

  16. The requirements for failure

    16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’
    17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.

    1 Now King 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 people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.

    Solomon just met all the requirements of failure in Gods Kingdom. What was he thinking? He was so wise but so stupid at one time.

    This is why it is so important for us to study the word and harken unto Gods voice.

    1. Studying the word will lead to you knowing the law so that you don’t ignorantly disobey God.

    2. Harkening unto Gods voice with obedience and reverence to his word will keep you from distraction.

    The distraction comes between you and God.

    Sometimes when we are blessed we loose sight of reality and do stupid things, like having 700 wives!

    This is why Pastor wants to keep us fully engaged because he knows that….

    Idle time= Idol time

    Meaning if we don’t keep ourselves focused and busy with our Fathers business than we will be filling our time with things that are not of God.

    All this led to Solomon’s demise.

  17. Too many hearts are fooled by this worlds false love. The only true love that is unconditional is Gods everlasting love. I pray that the young people of the church don’t fall astray to this spirit that aimes to destroy…

  18. There are always consequences when we disobey. Solomon lived to be a great King until he chose to worship other gods.

    Solomon was a wise man he knew what he was doing, it made no difference.

    Scripture says God’s word will not return void. What an example .
    The Lord will bless us abunduntly as long as we follow his commands and love and worship him and only him, he punishes all disobedience .

    Lord I worship you and only you, deliver me from all evil that stands in the way of pleasing you and doing your will.

  19. This chapter illustrates insignificant. The little insignificant sin in Solomon’s mind was very significant in the fact it displeased the Lord. One must weigh the cost of one’s actions for what may be insignificant to us many be very significant to the Lord. This is why we must read the Word so we know what pleases and/or displeases the Creator. This is also why we must assemble ourselves together in praise and worship, and hearing of his Word, for it is written too so do, which obviously is significant to the Lord Jesus for it is his Word. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  20. Above the Law

    The trouble in this chapter was not only Solomon having numerous wives, but also the fact that many of them were foreigners who worship pagan gods. the Lord knew that the result of such unions would be and had commanded that the Israelites not intermarry with foreigners back in Ex 34:16. Solomon however apparently believes that he is above the Law. Just as Joshua prophesied in Jos 23:12-13, close associations with these pagan worshipers lead to disaster. Conversion and Outreach wasn’t exactly the angle in this ancient time, Gods people needed to learn the difference of ‘bad worship’ and to ‘stay away’ from it. Though he is known worldwide for his wisdom, Solomon fails to take his own good advice. Perhaps he is blinded what he believes is ‘love’ this is a veil of ‘lust. His and our decisions have consequences…which leads to the loss of the Lord’s favor. Because we have the favor of the Lord in our lives gives us no right to think we are above the Law. Its not about ‘us’ its about ‘Him’ and once we take our eyes off “Him’ and onto the first pretty, shining object we are prone to fall. Its so sad to read and imagine how close his relationship was with the Lord and how supernaturally blessed he was, to be lured away. His story is clear to us today to be sure that nothing and no one comes between us and our worship and obedience to the King of Kings.

  21. 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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

    6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

    There is a high cost to not being equally yoked, and also to not being sold out. Solomon learned this the hard way, The world will continually beat at our door, waiting for us to give place for sin to enter, and if we are not sold out, we will continue down a long dark trail to death and destruction.

  22. The older we get the softer we get.Weak minded,not wanting to argue, putting up with our childrens sins and feeling hopeless.With all the wives he had he could have put to death all the wives that turned there back on Jehovah God. I am sure God would have approved since that seems how things were done then. He became weak kneed and bowed to them instead of his God.

  23. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

    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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father

    It was when Solomon was old that he left off following his God and began following the gods of his wives. The odds agianst him were 1000 to 1. Not good odds at all. Combine those odds with being older, and Solomon falls away. And it is an example to every saint of God from this time forward- you must stay the course amd finish the race-even if you are old have to travel at a slower pace!

  24. 1 KINGS 11
    1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

    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.

    3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

    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 with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

    5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

    ****Don’t step out from underneath your covering*****
    Proverbs 7:21-27
    1Samuel 15:22 … Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice. And to hearken than the fat of rams.
    1Samuel 15:23 for rebellion is as the sin Of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee.

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