“Ask what I shall give thee,” the Lord God said to King Solomon (1 Kings 3:5). Instead of asking for riches, fame, or long life, Solomon asked of the Lord, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (9). The Lord was pleased at Solomon’s request and gave him wisdom such as never was or will be in the future (12). The fame of Solomon was spread abroad because of his great wisdom and understanding.
Solomon prospered and was blessed because of this divine gift of wisdom. He built a beautiful temple for the worship of the Lord. In spite of all his wisdom, Solomon disobeyed God and loved women of other lands who were idolaters. God had given specific command: “Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love” (1 Kings 11:2). Read more