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A Passage. A Question. Of Solomon’s Mundane Wisdom.

He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to Yahweh his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh and did not wholly follow Yahweh, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.

And Yahweh was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from Yahweh, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.

1 Kings 11.3-9*

And still Christians read Solomon’s proverbs as a “devotional”?

The apostles made several distinctions between worldly and heavenly wisdoms. Here the wisdoms are at war within one man, who abandoned Yahweh in his final season. It seems we should treat Solomon’s wisdom as a case study in double-mindedness and not as a recipe for righteous living, no?


* English Standard Version, with variations.

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