15 Facts About Kings Solomon

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King Solomon became famous throughout his kingdom for his wisdom. Queen Sheba visited him and offered gifts as well as contributing her wealth towards building projects financed by King Solomon.

Solomon was well known for his legendary wisdom, yet also had other valuable skills that enabled him to be an outstanding king: building, judging and writing were just three.

1. He was a builder

The Biblical narrative describes Solomon as an influential and prosperous monarch who oversaw a vast kingdom and flourishing trading enterprise.

He constructed fortifications around Jerusalem and built storage cities; as well as palaces for his wives, temples, and facilities for foreign traders.

Solomon’s construction projects reflected both his wealth and cultural compromise. To promote good relations with Egypt, he married Pharaoh’s daughter and set aside high places for idol worship; even more unusually he dedicated buildings for Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Molek (all worshiped by his wives) which violated what the Lord instructed the Israelites to do; nonetheless, his wisdom and wealth made him an outstanding builder who ultimately constructed what became the center of Jewish religion – the first temple.

2. He was a king

According to the Bible, Solomon led a vast kingdom that was both prosperous and expansive. With this wealth, he utilized it for public works projects including building the first Temple in Jerusalem as well as various cities and palaces throughout his vast kingdom. Additionally, according to biblical accounts he held great military might by commanding cavalry units, having access to foreign trade routes, and overseeing foreign military expeditions.

According to the Talmud, King Solomon amassed 700 wives and 300 concubines during his lifetime. Accordingly, one such union with Pharaoh’s daughter — particularly concerning due to her idolatrous activities which could create problems in Solomon’s kingdom in the future — may have been particularly problematic – however this did not phase him too greatly as during his rule he wrote Song of Songs, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes!

3. He was a wise man

God rewarded Solomon with more than just wisdom: He gave him wealth and a glorious kingdom. Solomon used these resources to solve complex issues such as an argument between two women who claimed ownership over one child – listening carefully to their accounts and asking pointed questions to ascertain truthful answers from both.

One of the most well-known visits to Solomon was from the Queen of Sheba, who came bringing camels and caravans laden with spices, gold, and precious stones from Sheba. Upon hearing Solomon’s riddles and answering his questions she showed herself impressed by his knowledge and wisdom.

But Solomon was led astray by his sinful desires, leading him to worship foreign gods and build shrines for them. Unfortunately, this led to his downfall; his kingdom eventually being divided in half with his son ruling over one half and him overseeing another half.

4. He was a good king

King Solomon was revered throughout ancient history for his profound wisdom, making him one of the world’s most celebrated figures during his era, famous for the proverbs and songs that immortalized him. So profound was his intellect that he could control demons as well as understand animal language! Not to mention all his musical compositions and writings including songs, psalms, and many legal decisions/laws which he issued.

His reign marked an era of peace for Israel, with many nations sending tribute and engaging in trade with him. He made numerous treaties with them all and eventually married Pharaoh’s daughter as wife.

Solomon became so prosperous that he constructed palaces, Temples, ships, and storage cities for storage purposes. But according to Scripture, his wives led him astray from God and caused him to worship idols instead. God then punished Solomon and his kingdom – an important lesson in choosing worthy partners! This also serves as an illustration as to why it’s crucially important that good choices of wives be made when building empires or empires of your own.

5. He was a great king

Solomon was one of the greatest rulers of his day and is remembered by history primarily for his wisdom and for constructing Jerusalem’s first temple.

The Bible also makes note of his immense wealth, noting his use of slave labor from Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, and Hivites to complete his building projects – including cities for his chariots and horsemen.

Rehoboam was also said to have engaged in relationships with many pagan nations that God forbade Israel from intermarrying with, including Molek, the god of child sacrifice in their home nations. These liaisons led him away from following God’s instructions regarding intermarriage (1 Kings 11:2). After 40 years as King David’s successor and being buried alongside his father David he died and Rehoboam took over his throne as King Rehoboam was chosen by his people.

6. He was a great builder

The Bible recounts King Solomon as building the first Temple – an iconic center of Jewish faith – as well as palaces, walls, and other structures in his capital city of Jerusalem.

He also took steps to consolidate his empire’s resources. He secured cedar wood from Lebanon as well as costly stones from top quarries in Italy. Furthermore, he expanded trade relationships – particularly with Hiram of Tyre – expanding both trade relations and his influence within Tyre’s borders.

But Solomon’s wealth wasn’t without its drawbacks: His wives led him astray from following God and toward idol gods, leading Him to disapprove. This resulted in Solomon’s kingdom being split shortly after his death – although he remains revered both within Judaism and Christianity for his wisdom, having written works such as Song of Songs, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes as well as being known for being an insightful judge; once splitting a baby between two women claiming it as their own!

7. He was a great king of Israel

Solomon built the original Jerusalem temple and is widely considered to have written Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as part of his legacy to ancient Israel. He stands as the epitome of Israel’s golden age.

Trade relations were at the core of Solomon’s administration. He maintained his father’s successful trading relationships, including those with Phoenicia’s Hiram of Tyre and with Egypt.

He forged alliances with other nations, particularly Arabia – an area abundant in gold, frankincense, and myrrh. According to one rabbinical account, Solomon summoned a mountain-cock or hoopoe (Aramaic: nagar tura), instructing it to tell Queen Sheba that they should come to see him; she obliged and was stunned at his wisdom. Solomon was noted for his ability to resolve conflicts without bloodshed while being known for both wealth and wisdom – although these characteristics alone did not protect him against making serious errors of judgments of his own making.

8. He was a great king of Judah

Solomon built an exquisite temple for God and is often credited with authoring portions of the Hebrew scriptures such as Proverbs and Song of Songs. Additionally, traditional accounts attribute him to writing non-biblical works like musical songs or literary histories.

Even as an accomplished builder, Solomon could not escape some serious missteps. He married many wives from nations God had forbidden the Israelites from marrying because of their idol worship practices; additionally, he began worshipping foreign gods himself.

As a result, God punished Solomon by splitting his kingdom into two distinct domains, with Israel under Jeroboam leading one and Judah under Rehoboam leading another. Neither kingdom ever managed to recover its former glory owing to Solomon’s harsh treatment of northern tribes as well as questionable dealings with foreign nations.

9. He was a great king of Israel

His first temple became the center of Jewish faith and strengthened Israel’s borders while increasing trade via both land and sea routes. Additionally, he was an extremely wise individual with control of both demons and poets; creating parables and proverbs throughout his lifetime.

Solomon asked God for wisdom and was granted it. Solomon proved so wise that he was able to settle a dispute between two women claiming motherhood over the same baby by watching each one’s reaction and ascertaining its true mother.

God blessed Solomon with wealth, and silver and gold became as common in Jerusalem as stones while cedar trees increased dramatically. Unfortunately, Solomon’s idolatrous wives turned his heart away from God causing his downfall as King Solomon’s reign was cut short by His angered judgments and decrees.

10. He was a great king of Judah

After ascending to the throne, Solomon beseeched God for wisdom to rule justly and was blessed by Him with wealth and glory far exceeding any of the other kings. Solomon built a temple dedicated to God at Jerusalem; gold and silver became as commonplace as stones in his kingdom; cedar trees flourished abundantly.

He was an outstanding poet as well, with many wise sayings attributed to him in the Book of Proverbs. Additionally, his famed wisdom won him several disciples from Arabia who came looking for wisdom; one story tells how when two women claimed they were the mother of an infant he determined who it belonged to by watching their reactions to his suggestion that it be cut in two. Additionally, due to this wisdom, he attracted Queen Sheba from Arabia where she came in search of markets to market frankincense and myrrh from Sheba!