1 Kings 11 ©
Solomon's multitude of wives and concubines, who in his old age seduce him to idolatry. God threateneth to rend the greater part of the kingdom from his family. Solomon findeth an adversary in Hadad the Edomite, who had been entertained in Egypt; and in Rezon, who reigned in Damascus; and in Jeroboam, to whom Ahijah had prophesied the kingdom should be translated. Solomon's acts, reign, and death: Rehoboam succeedeth him.
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, cYe 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.
For it came to pass, when Solomon was eold, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and fhis heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Then did Solomon build an jhigh place for kChemosh, the abomination of Moab, in lthe hill that is before Jerusalem, and for mMolech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, *Forasmuch as this 4is done of thee, and thou hast tnot kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, uI will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
(For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:)
That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a dlittle child.
And they arose out of eMidian, and came to fParan: 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.
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, 6Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.
And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon qbuilt Millo, and 7repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.
(But vhe 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:)
Because wthat 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.
And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign aaccording to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.
And it shall be, bif 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 cwill be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.
And the 12time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.