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Solomon Solomon was the son of David Solomon inherited a huge and prosperous kingdom He developed a centralized government, and developed more of a professional army.

Solomon built a huge temple If you were able to walk into it, all you would see is gold. The walls, the ceilings, even the floors were all covered with gold.

In a dream Solomon had, God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give to you." What would you ask for if you were in his position? Solomon wanted wisdom He wanted a discerning heart to govern his people and to distinguish between right and wrong.

Do you think he made a good choice in choosing wisdom? God was pleased that Solomon picked wisdom and said to him "Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death or your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked.

I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there every be. More over, I will give you what you have not asked for both riches and honor"¦." 1 Kings 3: 10-13 Solomon at first thought it had all been a dream People from all over the world came to hear him speak 1 Kings 4: 34 Solomon had 700 wives and 300 prostitutes.

What are the negatives to having that many women? As He got older, his wives turned his heart to other Gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord. 1 Kings 11: 4-5 The women were all not of the same faith and Solomon would build shines and encourage pagan worship.

God was angry with Solomon God said that...