1 Kings 11

Solomon Turns from God

Now a King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the  Lord had said to the sons of Israel b “You shall not
Lit go among
associate with them, nor shall they
Lit go among
associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love.
e He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and f his heart was not
Lit complete with
wholly devoted to the  Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
For Solomon went after h Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians and after
In Jer 49:1, 3, Malcam
j Milcom the detestable idol of the Ammonites.
Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the  Lord, and did not follow the  Lord fully, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for k Chemosh the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain which is
Lit before
east of Jerusalem, and for m Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon.
Thus also he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

Now n the  Lord was angry with Solomon o because his heart was turned away from the  Lord, the God of Israel, p who had appeared to him twice, 10 and q had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not observe what the  Lord had commanded. 11 So the  Lord said to Solomon, “Because
Lit this is with you
you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, s I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.
12 Nevertheless I will not do it in your days for the sake of your father David, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 However, t I will not tear away all the kingdom, but u I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David and v for the sake of Jerusalem which I have chosen.”

God Raises Adversaries

14 Then the  Lord raised up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; he was of the
Lit king’s seed
royal line in Edom.
15 For it came about, x when David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, and had y struck down every male in Edom 16 (for Joab and all Israel stayed there six months, until he had cut off every male in Edom), 17 that Hadad fled
Lit to go into
to Egypt, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, while Hadad was a young boy.
18 They arose from Midian and came to aa Paran; and they took men with them from Paran and came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave him a house and assigned him food and gave him land. 19 Now Hadad found great favor
Lit in the sight of
before Pharaoh, so that he gave him in marriage the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.
20 The sister of Tahpenes bore his son Genubath, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house; and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s house among the sons of Pharaoh. 21 But ac when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, “Send me away, that I may go to my own country.” 22 Then Pharaoh said to him, “But what have you lacked with me, that behold, you are seeking to go to your own country?” And he answered, “Nothing; nevertheless you must surely
Lit send me away
let me go.”

23  ae God also raised up another adversary to him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who had fled from his lord af Hadadezer king of Zobah. 24 He gathered men to himself and became leader of a marauding band ag after David slew them of Zobah; and they went to Damascus and stayed
Lit in it
there, and reigned in Damascus.
25 So he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, along with the evil that Hadad did; and he abhorred Israel and reigned over Aram.

26 Then ai Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow, aj also
Lit lifted up a hand
rebelled against the king.
27 Now this was the reason why he
Lit lifted up a hand
rebelled against the king: am Solomon built the
I.e. citadel
Millo, and closed up the breach of the city of his father David.
28 Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when ao Solomon saw that the young man was
Lit a doer of work
industrious, he appointed him over all the
Lit burden
forced labor of the house of Joseph.
29 It came about at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that ar the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now
Lit he
Ahijah had clothed himself with a new cloak; and both of them were alone in the field.
30 Then at Ahijah took hold of the new cloak which was on him and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 He said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Behold au I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes 32 ( av but he will have one tribe, for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, aw the city which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel), 33 because they have forsaken Me, and ax have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians ay Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the sons of Ammon; and they have not walked in My ways, doing what is right in My sight and observing My statutes and My ordinances, as his father David did. 34 Nevertheless I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him
Or prince
ruler all the days of his life, for the sake of My servant David whom I chose, who observed My commandments and My statutes;
35 but ba I will take the kingdom from his son’s hand and give it to you, even ten tribes. 36 ‘But bb to his son I will give one tribe, bc that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, bd the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name. 37 I will take you, and you shall reign over whatever
Lit your soul desires
you desire, and you shall be king over Israel.
38 Then it will be, that if you listen to all that I command you and walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then bf I will be with you and bg build you an enduring house as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you. 39 Thus I will afflict the
Lit seed
descendants of David for this, but not always.’”
40 Solomon sought therefore to put Jeroboam to death; but Jeroboam arose and fled to Egypt to bi Shishak king of Egypt, and he was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

The Death of Solomon

41  bj Now the rest of the acts of Solomon and whatever he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon? 42 Thus bk the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 43 And Solomon bl slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David, and his son bm Rehoboam reigned in his place.
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