Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.
The had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway.
He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the .
In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the his God, as his father, David, had been.
Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites.
References for 1 Kings 11:5
In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the ’s sight; he refused to follow the completely, as his father, David, had done.
On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites.
References for 1 Kings 11:7
Solomon built such shrines for all his foreign wives to use for burning incense and sacrificing to their gods.
The was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the , the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.