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.