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Character of Solomon

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Solomon was a man of outstanding gifts and abilities. Initially he was approved by God, but the latter years of his reign were marred by idolatry and apostasy.

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Solomon’s abilities

Wisdom

1 Kings 4:29 ESV
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore,
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Political shrewdness

1 Kings 3:1 ESV
Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem.
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Dealing with individuals

1 Kings 2:35 ESV
The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada over the army in place of Joab, and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.
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Poetry and writing

1 Kings 4:32 ESV
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
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Solomon’s righteousness

1 Kings 8:62–63 ESV
Then the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the Lord. Solomon offered as peace offerings to the Lord 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. So the king and all the people of Israel dedicated the house of the Lord.
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Solomon’s sin

Nehemiah 13:26 ESV
Did not Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin.
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Solomon’s splendour was renowned

Matthew 6:29 ESV
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
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