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Thursday, June 22, 2017

1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9

 This wraps up Solomon's reign, although we still have some Proverbs to finish.  As before, Kings delves into some more detail about rebellion leading up to Solomon's death.  Chronicles is a bit more tidy.  And, just as it left out all of David & Bathsheba, it leaves out God's disappointment with Solomon for his foreign wives.  Both authors tell the tale of Sheba, and note that another book has more details on Solomon.

According to Kings, Solomon not only had a bunch of foreign wives, but he started worshiping their gods.  Ladies, all the time leading men astray.
As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molekthe detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.
7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.
Some of these folks have come up before.  From Leviticus 18:21, “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord."  (See Leviticus isn't all about gay people.  Chemosh is mentioned in Numbers, but just as the God of the Ammonites.  The internet seems to ferociously disagree as to whether Ashtoreth is Asherah, the consort of El.

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