The First Book of KINGS
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 Solomon's Temple Complex Simulated in Israel

Solomon Brought Disgrace on Himself and Israel
by Refusing to Use Discretion With Women
  But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye 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. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. (1 Kings 11:1-11 kjv)
The First Book of KINGS

The books of 1 and 2 Kings, which made up only one volume in the Hebrew Scriptures, were divided in the edition of the Hebrew Bible that was published in A.D. 1517. The Septuagint and the translations of the Old Testament that followed divided the books of Samuel and Kings into First Kings through Fourth Kings.
The books of 1 and 2 Kings relate the history of the Jewish people from the death of David to the captivity of Judah (ca. 970 to 560 B.C.). A recurring theme in both books involves the examples that each king chose to follow.

Repeatedly, David is presented as the best example for kings (1 Kings. 3:14; 11:4, 6; 15:3; 2 Kings. 14:3; 16:2; 22:2) and Jeroboam as the worst (1 Kings. 15:34; 16:2, 26, 31; 22:52; 2Kings. 3:3; 10:29, 31; 13:2, 6, 11).

The Talmud states that Jeremiah was the author of both books of the Kings. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit directed him to use the records of contemporary prophets to complete the work. Some prophets who wrote during this time, but whose writings were not included in the canon of Scripture, are Jehu (1 Kings. 16:1), Nathan, Ahijah, and Iddo (2 Chronicles 9:29), Shenaiah (2 Chronicles 12:15), and some other works of Isaiah (2 Chronicles 26:22; 32:32).
The Book of 1 Kings covers the reign of Solomon, the division of the kingdom, and the reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah up through Jehoshaphat and Ahaziah respectively. The immense riches that Solomon accumulated and the tremendous advances that the nation made durmg his reign deteriorated under later kings. It was Solomon, however, who started the nation on this course. He brought disgrace on himself and all Israel by refusing to use discretion in his relationships with women (1 Kings. 11:1-11).
Solomon did well to ask God for wisdom to govern Israel (1 Kings. 3:4 - 28), but he did not continue to act wisely. He ignored the last counsel that his father David had given him (1 Kings. 2:2, 3) and began to trust in human means of government rather than on God. Solomon taxed the nation so heavily that the people were ready to rebel, and following his death, the nation permanently divided because his successor, Rehoboam, thought he could continue to tax the people as heavily as Solomon. [Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]

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