God was furious with Solomon for abandoning the God of Israel, the God who had twice appeared to him
and had so clearly commanded him not to fool around with other gods. Solomon faithlessly disobeyed God's orders.
God said to Solomon, "Since this is the way it is with you, that you have no intention of keeping faith with me and doing what I have commanded, I'm going to rip the kingdom from you and hand it over to someone else.
But out of respect for your father David I won't do it in your lifetime. It's your son who will pay - I'll rip it right out of his grasp.
Even then I won't take it all; I'll leave him one tribe in honor of my servant David and out of respect for my chosen city Jerusalem."
God incited Hadad, a descendant of the king of Edom, into hostile actions against Solomon.
Years earlier, when David devastated Edom, Joab, commander of the army, on his way to bury the dead, massacred all the men of Edom.
Joab and his army stayed there for six months, making sure they had killed every man in Edom.
Hadad, just a boy at the time, had escaped with some of the Edomites who had worked for his father.
Their escape route took them through Midian to Paran. They picked up some men in Paran and went on to Egypt and to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave Hadad a house, food, and even land.
Pharaoh liked him so well that he gave him the sister of his wife, Queen Tahpenes, in marriage.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)