1 Kings 11
Solomon Disobeys the Lord
Hadad Becomes an Enemy of Solomon
- 1-2 The Lord did not want the Israelites to worship foreign gods, so he
had warned them not to marry anyone who was not from Israel.
Solomon loved his wife, the daughter of the king of
Egypt. But he also loved some women from Moab, Ammon, and Edom, and others
from Sidon and the land of the Hittites. 3-4 Seven hundred of his wives
were daughters of kings, but he also married three hundred other women.
As Solomon got older, some of his wives led him to
worship their gods. He wasnt like his father David, who had worshiped
only the Lord God. 5 Solomon also worshiped Astarte the goddess of Sidon,
and Milcom the disgusting god of Ammon. 6 Solomons father had obeyed
the Lord with all his heart, but Solomon disobeyed and did what the Lord hated.
7 Solomon built shrines on a hill east of Jerusalem
to worship Chemosh the disgusting god of Moab, and Molech the disgusting god
of Ammon. 8 In fact, he built a shrine for each of his foreign wives, so all
of them could burn incense and offer sacrifices to their own gods.
9-10 The Lord God of Israel had appeared to Solomon
two times and warned him not to worship foreign gods. But Solomon disobeyed
and did it anyway. This made the Lord very angry, 11 and he said to Solomon:
- You did what you wanted and not what I told you
to do. Now Im going to take your kingdom from you and give it to one
of your officials. 12 But because David was your father, you will remain king
as long as you live. I will wait until your son becomes king, then I will
take the kingdom from him. 13 When I do, I will still let him rule one tribe,
because I have not forgotten that David was my servant and Jerusalem is my
14 Hadad was from the royal family
of Edom, and here is how the Lord made him Solomons enemy:
Rezon Becomes an Enemy of Solomon
15-16 Some time earlier, when David conquered
the nation of Edom, Joab his army commander went there to bury
those who had died in battle. Joab and his soldiers stayed in
Edom six months, and during that time they killed every man and
boy who lived there.
17-19 Hadad was a boy at the time, but
he escaped to Midian with some of his fathers officials.
At Paran some other men joined them, and they went to the king
of Egypt. The king liked Hadad and gave him food, some land, and
a house, and even let him marry the sister of Queen Tahpenes.
20 Hadad and his wife had a son named Genubath, and the queen
let the boy grow up in the palace with her own children.
21 When Hadad heard that David and Joab
were dead, he said to the king, Your Majesty, please let
me go back to my own country.
22 Why? asked the king. Do
you want something I havent given you?
No, I just want to go home.
23 Here is how God made Rezon son of
Eliada an enemy of Solomon:
The Lord Makes a Promise to Jeroboam
Rezon had run away from his master, King
Hadadezer of Zobah. 24 He formed his own small army and became
its leader after David had defeated Hadadezers troops.
Then Rezon and his army went to Damascus, where he became the
ruler of Syria and an enemy of Israel.
Both Hadad and Rezon were enemies of Israel
while Solomon was king, and they caused him a lot of trouble.
- 26 Jeroboam was from the town of
Zeredah in Ephraim. His father Nebat had died, but his mother
Zeruah was still alive. Jeroboam was one of Solomons officials,
but even he rebelled against Solomon. 27 Here is how it happened:
While Solomons workers were filling
in the land on the east side of Jerusalem and repairing the
city walls, 28 Solomon noticed that Jeroboam was a hard worker.
So he put Jeroboam in charge of the work force from Manasseh
29-30 One day when Jeroboam was leaving
Jerusalem, he met Ahijah, a prophet from Shiloh. No one else
was anywhere around. Suddenly, Ahijah took off his new coat and
ripped it into twelve pieces. 31 Then he said:
- Jeroboam, take ten pieces of this
coat and listen to what the Lord God of Israel says to you. Jeroboam,
I am the Lord God, and I am about to take Solomons kingdom
from him and give you ten tribes to rule. 32 But Solomon will
still rule one tribe, since he is the son of David my servant,
and Jerusalem is my chosen city.
33 Solomon and the Israelites are
not like their ancestor David. They will not listen to me, obey
me, or do what is right. They have turned from me to worship
Astarte the goddess of Sidon, Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom
the god of Ammon.
34 Solomon is Davids son,
and David was my chosen leader, who did what I commanded. So
I will let Solomon be king until he dies. 35 Then I will give
you ten tribes to rule, 36 but Solomons son will still
rule one tribe. This way, my servant David will always have a
descendant ruling in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen
to be worshiped.
37 You will be king of Israel and
will rule every nation you want. 38 Ill help you if you
obey me. And if you do what I say, as my servant David did, I
will always let someone from your family rule in Israel, just
as someone from Davids family will always rule in Judah.
The nation of Israel will be yours.
39 I will punish the descendants
of David, but not forever.
- 40 When Solomon learned what the
Lord had told Jeroboam, Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam. But he
escaped to King Shishak of Egypt and stayed there until Solomon
- Solomon Dies
(2 Chronicles 9.29-31)
41 Everything else Solomon did while
he was king is written in the book about him and his wisdom. 42
After he had ruled forty years from Jerusalem, 43 he died and
was buried there in the city of his father David. His son Rehoboam
then became king.
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