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Week 17 Day 6
How difficult it is
for a rich man
Never was more wisdom
granted to one man
than to Solomon
Yet one sinner who repents
and returns to the Lord
is wiser than he!
The difference between David and Solomon
is a matter of the heart
When David sinned he acknowledged it
and turned to God for forgiveness
His heart was soft and pliable
Solomon did not repent
his heart became hard
and he forgot the God
who loved him
It's like he had lost something
and never went back to look for it.
Being a follower of God
doesn't mean you don't sin
and turn away from God
It means you keep returning to God
God wants you back.
SPLENDOR, POWER, LICENSE Solomon's wisdom turned to folly. I Kings l0 & 11
14The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six
hundred and sixty talents of gold, 15besides that from traveling
merchants, traders, the kings of Arabia and the governors.
18The king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with
pure gold. 19 It had six steps and the top of the throne was round,
there were armrests and two lions stood beside the armrests.
20Twelve lions stood there, one on each side of the six steps;
nothing like this had been made for any other kingdom.
21Solomon's drinking vessels were gold, not one was silver.
22The king had merchant ships at sea with the fleet of Hiram.
Once every three years they came bringing gold, silver, ivory,
apes, and monkeys. 23 So Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.
24All the earth sought to hear his wisdom, which God had
put in his heart. 25Each man brought his present: articles of
silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.
26Solomon gathered chariots and horsemen. 27He made
silver as common in Jerusalem as stones.
1But Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the
daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites,
Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites--2from the nations of whom
the Lord had said, "You shall not intermarry with them."
Solomon clung to these in love. 3He had seven hundred wives,
princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned
away his heart 5after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to
the Lord. 5For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of
the Sidonians. 6Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and
did not fully follow the Lord. 7Then Solomon built a high place
for Molech, the abomination of the people of Ammon. 8He did
likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and
sacrificed to their gods.
11Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, "Because you have
done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes,
I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to
your servant. 12Nevertheless I will not do it in your days, for
the sake of your father David; I will tear it out of the hand of
your son. 13However I will not tear away the whole kingdom;
I will give one tribe to your son, and for the sake of Jerusalem
which I have chosen."
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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