Bible Heroes—Solomon

Many of you are probably familiar with King Solomon. After all, he was known for having something we all need: wisdom. Solomon’s life contains many lessons for us. Want to learn more? Read on!

  • Solomon was the second son of King David and Bathsheba. You might have heard of the story of his parents. It’s one filled with their mistakes and God’s forgiveness. 

  • When King Solomon was born, he was actually named something else. “Yedidiah,” which means “friend of God,” was the name given to him by Nathan the prophet.

  • Solomon was the third king of Israel. Do you remember who the first two kings were?

  • A well-known story of King Solomon is when two mothers brought one baby to him claiming they were its mother. Solomon figured out which one was the true mother (1 Kings 3:16-28).

  • Solomon was responsible for building the first temple in Jerusalem.

  • Solomon had 700 wives. Probably not a wise decision, right? 

  • God blessed him with unique wisdom, and many think of him as the wisest man who ever lived.

  • Do you know which books of the Bible he wrote? Song of Songs (sometimes referred to as Song of Solomon), Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.

  • While Solomon was considered supremely wise, he did not obey the laws God listed in Deuteronomy for kings (Deut. 17:14-20). He married foreign women, had too many horses, and had too much gold.

  • Solomon’s reign over Israel was pretty long: 40 years.

  • From what we know in the Bible, Solomon died when he was about 80 years old.