King Solomon of Israel & his accomplishments

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King Solomon of Israel & his accomplishments
king Solomon of Israel and his accomplishments

King Solomon of Israel & his accomplishments

Throughout his 40-year reign, King Solomon of Israel made great accomplishments for his kingdom. He is probably the most renowned man during his lifetime. The secular sources, revere him for building the temple in Jerusalem, one of the greatest archeological wonders of ancient times. King Solomon ruled over an extensive empire. At its apex, Solomon kingdom included many conquered kingdom states like Edom, Moab, Ammon, and Syria. There were allied states such as Sidonia and Tyre. additionally, there were Vassal kingdoms like the Philistines, Hamath, as well as Hittite states all the way up to the Euphrates river. GOD gave him great wisdom and understanding, wealth, possessions, and glory.

Under his reign, the kingdom of Israel made great strides. At the peak of Solomon’s reign, the nation of Israel was at its most prosperous. This was the very best of times for Israel since we came up out of Egypt. Solomon gave them the longest period of peace and prosperity they ever have known through the entire history because we read: (1Ki_4:25)  And Judah and Israel dwelt being yielded each in his grapevine and under his fig-tree, from Dan and unto Beer-Sheba, all the days of Solomon

At the peak of Solomon’s reign, the nation of Israel was at its most prosperous. But despite all his accomplishments, Solomon led the nation into idolatry. Even though GOD gave him great wisdom and knowledge, even enabling him to write some books of the Bible, Solomon died an unsaved man

This article purports to show that King Solomon of Israel, despite his historic accomplishments, that GOD endowed on him, he died an unsaved and unrighteous and wicked Israelite

king, Solomon of Israel biography

Solomon was the tenth son of King David and the second son of his mother Bathsheba.  He was born shortly after David starts his reign (1011 BC-1005 BC). At some point, it is apparent that he was co-regent with his father David. Most scholars believe Solomon ruled over Israel from when he was 20 years old.  Evidence from the Bible shows that he was a young man when he began to reign, but no concrete evidence of the date of birth. He reigned by himself between 971 BCE when his father died and 931 BCE the year of his death. So, how old was King Solomon of Israel when he died? We can surmise that from (1Ki_11_42). Since he reigned for 40 years, Therefore, he would have died when he was 60 years old of natural causes

(1Ki_11:42)  And the days which Solomon reigned in Jerusalem was forty years over all Israel.

The accomplishments of King Solomon of Israel are legendary

GOD gave him great wisdom and understanding and wealth, and possessions, and glory. According to the LORD, this would far exceed any kings before him and any that came after him. According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets. The Quran, considers him a major prophet, and Muslims generally refer to him by the Arabic language as Suleman, son of David. He is often associated with wisdom; “as wise as Solomon”.

(2 CH_1: 11-12)  God said to Solomon, Because this happened in your heart, and you did not ask wealth of things, nor glory, nor the life of the ones detesting you, and you did not ask for many days; but you asked for yourself wisdom and understanding, so as to judge my people, over whom I gave you to reign over it –the wisdom and the understanding I give to you; and wealth, and possessions, and glory I shall give to you, as did not happen likened unto you among the kings before you, and it will not be thus after you

The following verses are a testimony to the fact that GOD delivered as promised:

(1Ki_10:23)  Solomon was magnified above all the kings of the earth in riches and intellect.
(1Ki_4:34) And all the peoples came to him to hear the wisdom of Solomon. And he took gifts from all the kings of the earth, as many as heard his wisdom.
(1Ki_4:30)  Solomon multiplied exceedingly over the intellect of all the ancient men, and above all the intelligent ones of Egypt
(1Ki_10:24)  And all the kings of the earth sought the face of Solomon to hear of his intellect, which the LORD put in his heart.

Despite king Solomon of Israel accomplishments, he fell from grace

We know that despite king Solomon of Israel great accomplishments; all the favors and promises of GOD concerning him, he had precipitous decent. we saw that his kingdom didn’t remain one whole after he died. And centuries later Israel was turned out of the land GOD gave to them. Because Solomon’s latter life failed to meet the conditions that GOD set out for him.

(1Ki_11:11)  And the LORD said to Solomon, Because these things happened with you, and you did not guard my commandments, and my orders, which I gave charge to you, in tearing I will tear up your kingdom from out of your hand, and I will give it to your servant.

 (1Ki 11:33) because he abandoned me, and offered unto Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and to Chemosh the idol of Moab, and to Milcom the loathsome thing of the sons of Ammon. And he did not go in my ways to do the upright thing before me, and my orders, and my ordinances, as David his father did.

I am the LORD your God There shall not be other gods besides me

To get a perspective of how he stumbled into this predicament, we must go back into history. After the tribes came out of Egypt, GOD prepares them for nationhood, by commissioning laws for them. The most important one is enumerated in (Exo 20:2-5)  I am the LORD your God, the one leading you from the land of Egypt, from out of the house of slavery. There shall not be to you other gods besides me. You shall not make to yourself an idol, nor any representation, as much as in the heaven upward, nor as much as in the earth below, nor as much as in the waters underneath the earth. You shall not do obeisance to them, nor shall you serve to them. For I am LORD your God, a jealous God, rendering sins of fathers upon children unto third and fourth generation to the detesting me

Their success as a nation was dependent on obeying these commandments perfectly. because GOD further declares, “For I am the LORD, the one leading you from out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. And you shall be holy, for I the LORD am holy” (Lev_11:45) These laws would set them apart from other nations around them and elsewhere on the earth.

God commands Israel not to mix nor marry gentiles

Most Bible commentators will readily admit to the prohibition of Israel not marrying gentiles, but it is clear from the following verses that GOD also prohibits Israel from mixing with them also. Not only is Israel not to have a marriage with gentiles, but they must also not mix socially with them.

(Jos 23:13)  knowledge know that in no way shall LORD your God proceed to utterly destroy these nations from your face. And they will be to you for snares, and for obstacles, and for nails in your heels, and for arrows in your eyes, until whenever you should destroy from this good land the LORD your God which gave to you.

(Deu 7:3)  nor contract a marriage with them. You shall not give your daughter his son, and his daughter you shall not take your son. 

(Deu 7:4)  For your son will leave from me, and shall serve other gods, and the LORD shall be provoked to anger in rage against you, and shall utterly destroy you quickly.  

(Neh 13:1)  In that day read in scroll of Moses into ears of the people. And it was found written in it how that Ammonite and Moabite should not enter into assembly of God unto eon. 

Neh 13:3  And it came to pass as they heard the law, that they separated all intermixed in Israel.

But history shows that king Solomon of Israel worshipped Other gods and idols

King Solomon of Israel made tremendous accomplishments for Israel, but he also is the principal in leading Israel away from GOD. The records of the Bible show that King Solomon of Israel abrogated GOD’s commandments that he commanded Israel because it shows that he worshipped false gods of the nations around him.

(1Ki_11:5)  And Solomon went after Ashtoreth god of the Sidonians and after Milcom the abomination of Ammon.
(1Ki_11:6)  And Solomon did evil before the LORD, and did not go after the LORD as David his father.
(1Ki_11:7)  Then Solomon built a high place to Chemosh, the idol of Moab, in the mountain before Jerusalem, and to Molech the idol of the sons of Ammon.

Solomon even offered sacrifices and burnt incense on the high places

We know that GOD prohibits Israel for burning sacrifices on high places, because we read“And Solomon loved the LORD, to go in the orders of David his father; only he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places (1Ki_3:3).” Some of these places of worship were inherited from the fleeing people of the land, Israel observed since they came into the land of Canaan. This was an abominable practice that GOD had warned them about: “Speak to the sons of Israel! you shall say to them, You pass over the Jordan into the land of Canaan! And you shall destroy all the ones dwelling in the land before your face; you shall lift away their sacred heights; and all their molten idols — you shall destroy them; and all their sacred monuments you shall lift away” (Num 33:51-52) 

He even offered sacrifices outside of Jerusalem

But Not only was the probation against sacrificing like the displaced Canaanites, but Israel should not offer sacrifices anywhere but in the temple of Jerusalem.  It will clearly state that sacrifices were only to be made in Jerusalem temple.

GOD instructed Israel, saying: “Take heed to yourself that you should no offer of your whole burnt-offerings in any place of which ever you should behold,” (Deu_12:13) “but only in the place which the LORD your God should choose it, in one of your cities — there you shall offer your whole burnt-offerings, and there you shall do all as many things as I give charge to you today.” (Deu_12:14) This following verse is and others, confirmation that Jerusalem is the place GOD is referencing.

(2Ki_23:27)  the LORD said, And indeed Judah I shall remove from my face, as I removed Israel, and I will thrust away this city which I chose — Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, My name will be there.

Consequently, King Solomon of Israel was in violation of another of GOD’s commandments. Because we read “And he rose up and went into Gibeon to sacrifice there, for it was highest and great. Solomon offered upon the altar in Gibeon a thousand whole burnt-offerings.” (1Ki_3:4)

Solomon marries gentile women and formed political and social alignments with gentile nations

GOD commands Israel that they should not socialize, “nor contract a marriage with them. You shall not give your daughter his son, and his daughter you shall not take your son. For your son will leave from me, and shall serve other gods, and LORD shall be provoked to anger in rage against you, and shall utterly destroy you quickly” (Deu_7:3-4) but contrarywise Solomon married these foreign wives. (1Ki_11:2)  “of the nations which the LORD forbade to the sons of Israel, saying, You shall not enter to them, and they shall not enter to you; that they should not turn aside  your hearts after their idols — for of them Solomon cleaved to love;”

Evidently Solomon was fond of having many wives

(1Kings 11:1) And king Solomon was fond of women, and he took alien wives, and the daughter of Pharaoh, and Moabitish, and Ammonitish, and Edomites, and Sidonians, and Hittites.

People usually like to theorize that Israel can marry other gentiles, but the prohibition is only with regard to the nations mentioned in the verse above. But one should remember that these nations are all neighboring Israel. So, GOD had no need to mention English, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Greeks and Hispanics. I am sure Solomon would have married these if he would have gotten his hands on them. If that is not the case, then how will you deal with the verse? “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God. And the LORD your God preferred you to be to him a prized people from all the nations, as many as are upon the face of the earth” (Deu_7:6) 

The fact is Israel is set apart by GOD as HIS people. The word for nations is expressed as the word(G1484) In practically 99% of the times this word depending on the context it could mean Gentiles, Heathen, nations or foreign non-Israelites. In the aforementioned verse, the context is clearly gentile. That is a non-Israelite. Israel should not intermarry with anyone, not an Israelite.

(1Ki_11:4)  And it came to pass in a time of old age of Solomon,  his wives turned aside his heart after other gods. And his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. A sad testimony that despite king Solomon of Israel great accomplishments, his behavior was never conformed to the will of GOD

Solomon even tried to Kill Jeroboam

Because of the many sins of King Solomon of Israel, GOD made the decision to divide the kingdom. Jeroboam was the man that GOD chose to give the ten northern tribes to. The two southern tribes would remain under the control of the Davidic dynasty. However, God planned to do it after Solomon was gone. Solomon tried to kill him when he learned of GOD’s plan. (1Ki_11:40) “Solomon sought to put Jeroboam to death. And he rose up, and ran away unto Egypt, to Shishak king of Egypt. And he was in Egypt until Solomon died”.

What a contrast to his father David! Remember when Saul was hunting David to kill him when he learned that David would one day be king? Saul was a wicked man who was striking out at GOD for rejecting him. David had several opportunities to retaliate and kill king Saul, but he chose not to do because he feared GOD. Now Solomon is trying to kill a man who GOD chose to replace him as head of ten of the tribes. He is striking out against GOD for rejecting him. Solomon, instead of correcting himself chose to lash out at GOD.

(Proverbs 3:11)  O son, do not have little regard for the instruction of the LORD, nor loosen up under his reproving!

King Solomon of Israel had great accomplishments but died an unsaved man

King Solomon of Israel made remarkable accomplishments for his kingdom, but he had dark underside. there is much evidence in the Bible to show that he was an unsaved man who had an Intractably disobedient heart to the laws of GOD. For example:

  • He turned away from GOD and worshiped false gods when he should know that “For all the gods of the nations are idols; and the LORD made the heavens” (1Ch_16:26)
  • he also worshipped idols
  • additionally, he Served sacrifices outside of the Jerusalem temple
  • married non-Israelite women
  • Married multiple wives
  • he even attempted murder and
  • lashed out at GOD when he was reproved

We have concrete evidence from the Bible that GOD did not save Solomon. HE did not give Solomon eternal life

Despite King Solomon of Israel accomplishments, he did not achieve eternal life

King Solomon of Israel despite his personal achievements had an impenetrable heart to GOD’s command and died without being saved from his sins. We will deduce this from the Word Of GOD, by comparing some relevant scriptures.

(2Sa 12:13)  And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said to David, And the LORD cast aside your sin, and you shall not die.

The backdrop to this story goes like this: King David had succumbed to lust and invited a very attractive woman into his home. He subsequently had an adulterous affair and she became pregnant. To cover up this sin, David plotted the murder of her husband. He thought he was ok, and these things were covered up and nobody would be the wiser. David was wrong Because GOD knows everything. GOD sent an emissary, Nathan the prophet to confront him and Nathan pointed the finger at David.

Compare (Gen_2:17) but from the tree of the knowing good and evil, you shall not eat from it; but in whatever day you should eat from it, to death you shall die.

The comparison between Adam and King David of Israel

We know that Adam, even though he did not die immediately the day he sinned, he died when he was 930 years old. GOD told David that he shall not die, but because King David died in 971BC.

The one reading this will be rightly confused. But the author of this statement (GOD) is not making an error. HIS words are absolutely infallible.

The key to this apparent contradiction can be found elsewhere by comparing other scriptures.  is in the phrase “you shall not die” and “to death you shall die”.

(Eze_18:21)  “And the lawless one, if he should turn from all his lawless deeds which he did, and should keep all my commandments, and should do equity and righteousness and mercy; to life he shall live, and he shall not die”

The above scripture not only expands on the terms but introduce two opposing phrases, “to life he shall live” and “he shall not die

(Joh_5:24)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
(Joh_10:28)  And I give to them eternal life, and in no way shall they perish into the eon; and not shall any seize them by force from out of my hand.

Adam died to death, but king David lived to life

The Author, GOD declared to David in (2Sa 12:13) “you shall not die”. GOD has “cast away”, or remitted David’s sins. Just like the subjects in (Joh_5:24) David’s physical body may be deposited in a grave somewhere, when he died but he was ”passed from death unto life” This is synonymous with the term “eternal life” in (Joh_10:28) 

The situation with Adam in (Gen_2:17) is quite the opposite. When he died, his physical body would also be put in a grave somewhere. Because of his disobedience, he should not “live to life” His death was to death(completion) he ”would die to death/not have eternal life

Now let us compare these same phrases to the case of Solomon and see how they match the case of Adam above. This will prove that King Solomon of Israel, with all his accomplishments his sins were never remitted by GOD. This was the opposite of his father David.

Old testament life into the eons and eternal life are synonymous

The phrase, eternal life, life eternal is found in the new testament between 30-45 times in the new testament depending on the translation. However, the Old Testament it only appears once (Dan_12:2) And many of the ones sleeping in an embankment of earth shall awaken, these unto eternal life, and these others unto scorning, and for eternal shame. Here the context shows this one instance has the same meaning that they have in the new testament. In the old testament, the terms used are synonymous with other phrases such as:  long life; length of days; length of existence; duration of days; life into the eon; prolong days)

 (Pro_3:1-2) O son, forget not my laws, and give heed to my sayings in your heart!. For the length of existence, and years of life and peace shall be added to you.
(Pro_16:17) The paths of life turn aside from evils; and the ways of righteousness are length of existence. The one receiving instruction will be among good things; and the one keeping reproofs shall be made wise. The one who guards his own ways gives heed to his own soul; and the one loving his life shall spare his mouth.

The comparison between King Solomon and his father David

Solomon asked for wisdom to lead Israel. GOD not only gave him wisdom but adds abundant riches and glory. But GOD added prolong days (1Ki 3:14)  And if you should have gone in my way, to guard my commandments, and my orders, as David your father went, then I will prolong your days. But this was conditional. Solomon would have to obey GOD commandments as his father David did. We clearly saw that he did not. He turned away from GOD and worshiped false gods Served sacrifices outside of the Jerusalem temple, married non-Israelite women, Married 1000 women, tried even murder and lashed out at GOD when he was reproved. Solomon never met the conditions that GOD offered. He did not obey GOD’s commandments as his father David.

he died in his sins and never receive “prolong life”. Never had eternal life. To death, he died.

(Eze 18:24)  But in the turning the just from his righteousness, and he should commit iniquity, according to all the iniquities which the lawless one did; if he should do thus, he shall not live. In all the things of his righteousness, which he did, in no way shall they be remembered; in his transgression in which he fell, and in his sins in which he sinned, in them he shall die. 

Solomon’s sins provide the legal impetus for invoking the curses of Deuteronomy twenty-eight

King Solomon of Israel made great accomplishments for his people but he also was responsible for leading the people into apostasy. Solomon was charged with leading GOD’s people in righteousness and justice, but his sins provided the legal impetus for GOD to invoke the curses of Deuteronomy 28. The discourse between GOD and Solomon in 1Ki_9:6-9 is evidence of this:

(1Ki 9:6-9)  But if by turning, you should turn, you and your children, from me and my orders which I put before you, so as to not keep, and you should go and should serve other gods, and should do obeisance to them; then I will remove Israel from the land which I gave to them; this house which I sanctified to my name I shall throw away from my face. Israel will be for extinction and for a discussion among all the peoples.this lofty house, every one traveling by it shall be amazed, and shall whistle. they shall say, For what reason did the LORD do thus to this land, and to this house. 

And they shall say, Because they abandoned the LORD their God, the one leading their fathers from out of the house of slavery of Egypt, and they took hold of alien gods, and did obeisance to them, and served to them. On account of this the LORD brought upon them all this evil. 

Why it’s called Solomon’s captivity

In the above conversation with Solomon, GOD is referencing the curses of Deuteronomy. GOD put these curses on Israel, later after they came out of the land of Egypt.  GOD is talking to Solomon after the completion of the temple building some 500 years later. GOD told him that if , he Solomon served other gods, then “Israel will be for extinction and for a discussion among all the peoples” and “I will remove Israel from the land which I gave to them”

(Deu 28:37)And you will be there for an enigma, and a parable, and a tale, in all the nations into which ever the LORD should take you there.
Deu 28:64 And the LORD your God will disperse you into all the nations, from the tip of the earth, unto the other tip of the earth. And you shall slave there to other gods of wood and stone, which you have no knowledge of, nor your fathers.

The consequences of Solomon’s rebellion against GOD is referred in a couple of places in the Bible as Solomon’s captivity or captivity of Solomon: (Amo_1:6)Thus says the LORD, For the three impious deeds of Gaza, and for the four, I will not turn away from them. Because of their capturing the captivity of Solomon, to close them up in Edom.

King Solomon of Israel a disobedient prophet despite his accomplishments

There are a lot of misconceptions about Solomon’s relationship with GOD. The achievements of king Solomon of Israel and the fact that GOD helped him, has given him mythical status.  Saying that Solomon is not an unrighteous man, is tantamount to blasphemy. According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets. In the Quran, he is considered a major prophet. But let the facts of GOD’s word speak.

Didn’t the Bible say that GOD loved Solomon?

This idea clearly emanates from (2Sa 12:24-25) David comforted his wife Bath-sheba. he entered to her, and went to bed with her, and she conceived, and gave birth to a son, and called his name Solomon. And the LORD loved him.he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and called his name Jedidiah, by the word of the LORD. 

Let us examine this word “love” carefully

 It is the Greek G25(agapaō) in the dictionary. Thayer Definition: 1) of persons 1a) to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly. When you examine the context, you will see that the best example of use could only be “to welcome”. Here is the context-- king David, Solomon’s father had committed adultery Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba. She became pregnant. David subsequently had Uriah murdered. GOD struck the male child that Bathsheba bore, and he died seven days later, as foretold by Nathan the prophet. The next child of David and Bathsheba was named Solomon. GOD killed the first child, but God accepted Solomon. He didn’t kill him as David might have expected. There are even more examples to draw from. 

Didn’t the Bible say Solomon Loved GOD?

It seems likely this belief comes from a reference in (1Ki_3:3),  “And Solomon loved the LORD, to go in the orders of David his father; only he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places”

But It is the same Greek number G25 (agapaō). Solomon had respect for GOD or Solomon entertain GOD, or Solomon welcomed GOD with respect to going in the orders of his father David. What was David’s order? It was building this great magnificent temple. Remember it is written: (Joh_14:15) If ye love me, keep my commandments. Same word G25(agapaō)  used here. But the context would demand either of the phrases: “to be fond of” or “to love dearly” to be used. Solomon didn’t love GOD or he would have kept HIS commandments!

So How could Solomon be not righteous? He wrote books of the Bible-he is a prophet!

Solomon was a prophet, To answer that question, we have to define a prophet in terms of GOD’s relationship with them and the people of Israel. A prophet is someone that gets a message from the GOD of Israel to the people of Israel. (Num_12:6)  And he said to them, Hear my words. If there should be a prophet among you to the LORD, I will be made known to him in a vision, and in sleep I will speak to him or (Deu_18:18)  I shall raise up a prophet to them from amidst their brethren, as you, and I shall put my word in his mouth; and he shall speak to them in so far as I give charge to him.

Therefore, the words are of GOD are given to the prophet. It is not the prophet. He only penned them or speak them to Israel. We have reasonable certainty that he is the author of most of the Proverbs, The Songs of Solomon and Ecclesiastics.

Remember what we mentioned above that the prophet takes the word of GOD? It is clear from the verses below that, GOD is still the author of these above, even though the human author penned them.

Solomon is like the disobedient prophet in (1Ki 13:26)

Solomon is very similar to the disobedient prophet in (1Ki 13:26) because in the same manner he disobeyed GOD’s order and suffered the fatal consequences. “And the one returning him from out of the way heard, and said, This is the man of God who rebelled against the word of the LORD; and the LORD gave him to the lion, and it broke him, and it killed him, according to the word of the LORD which he spoke to him

There are a couple of other prophets that Solomon warrants comparison with, for example, Balaam. Balaam considered a bribe to curse Israel. A narrative in Numbers chapters 22, 23, and 24. Relates how GOD can put HIS word in the mouth of a non-Israelite prophet. In the narrative GOD even speak to this evil soothsayer through a donkey.  After several years of wandering, Israel was encamped west of Moab. The king of Moab seeing what Israel did to the Amorites, rightfully feared them. He sent for the Soothsayer Balaam to curse them hoping that may make a way to overcome them. After the messengers came to Balaam, GOD confronted him:

Balaam the evil soothsayer made some wonderful prophecies about Israel and the MESSIAH

King Solomon of Israel made great achievements, even recording some of GOD’s words, but so did Balaam the wicked soothsayer.

 (Num 23:5) And God put a word into the mouth of Balaam, and he said, Turning towards Balak thus you shall speak. 
 (Num 23:11) And Balak said to Balaam, What have you done to me? For a curse for my enemies I have called you, and behold, you have blessed a blessing. 
 (Num 23:12) And Balaam said to Balak, Is it not as many things as God should put in my mouth this I will guard to speak? 
 (Num 24:2) And Balaam lifting up his eyes, looks down on Israel encamped by tribes. And spirit of God became upon him. 
 (Num 24:4) Says the one hearing oracles of God, who saw a vision of God in sleep; uncovering his eyes. 

 (Num 24:7) A man came forth from out of his seed, and he shall dominate many nations. And Gog his kingdom shall be raised up high, and his kingdom shall be increased. 
 (Num 24:9) Lying down he rested as a lion, and as a cub who shall raise him? The ones blessing you, they are blessed; and the ones cursing you, they are cursed. 
 (Num 24:17) I will show to him, but not now. I bless, and he does not approach. A star will arise from out of Jacob, and a man shall rise up from out of Israel, and he shall devastate the heads of Moab, and he shall despoil all of the sons of Sheth. 
 (Num 24:18) And Edom shall be an inheritance, and Esau his enemy shall be an inheritance. And Israel acted in strength. 
 (Num 24:19) And one shall be awakened from out of Jacob, and shall destroy the one escaping from the city. 
 (Num 24:20) And having seen Amalek, and taking up his parable, he said, The head of nations is Amalek, and his seed shall perish.  

These are wonderful words of prophecies, concerning Israel, came out of the mouth of a wicked soothsayer. But they are the word of GOD.

In this sense, Solomon is no different than Balaam as a prophet. GOD recorded these words of Balaam in the same place that HE recorded the book of the Proverbs, The Songs of Solomon and Ecclesiastics.

Both prophecy the word that GOD tells them. Both are still just unsaved people.

We are absolutely sure that Balaam was an unsaved man because we read in (Jos_13:22)”Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them. Of Balaam GOD Additionally we read “Leaving behind the straight way, they wandered, following after the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved  the wage of unrighteousness;” (2Pe_2:15) 

we therefore know for certain that despite king Solomon of Israel great accomplishments, he died an unsaved and man


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