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Was Solomon the wisest man that ever lived? He had many wives.

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Thank you for your interesting question on Solomon.

The Bible makes it clear that Solomon was very wise. As we read the Proverbs, many of which are in common daily usage - even among secular society - we can see that Solomon was wise. The famous story of the two women, each trying convince Solomon that a child belonged to them, show of his wisdom (1 Kings 3:16-28). The wisdom of Solomon was evident to the people of Israel. However, it was clear that this wisdom was not just an earthly wisdom, but they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice (1 Kings 3:28).

This wisdom was a gift from God. Solomon asked for wisdom to lead God's people (2 Chronicles 1:7-13). God promised Solomon that wisdom would be granted to him, but he would also be blessed with great wealth and possessions.

However, Solomon was not perfect and his heart was turned away from God. The specific passage that mentions the number of his wives and concubines is mentioned in 1 Kings 11. The title of this passage is mentioned as "Solomon Turns from the Lord".

Solomon had wisdom granted to him by God, but in his human failings, he turned from God, married many foreign wives and worshipped their gods.

The result of this failure was the eventual separating of Solomon's Kingdom into Israel and Judah.

With every gift of God, he will give to us what we need to do his will, but we are also expected to walk in the ways of the Lord. If, as with Solomon, we turn away from God, He is within his divine right to remove his blessings and protection from us.

However, the good news is that, whatever our sin, if we turn our back on our ways and call out to God for forgiveness, then "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13).

All of us have sinned (Romans 3:23) and are separated from God. However, Jesus, God's Son, came to earth, died on the cross for our sins and rose to life again, showing his power and authority.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, then I encourage you to do so today.

Finally, as a point on wisdom, the good news is that we can ask God to help us in making decisions. Just as people recognised God working in Solomon with wisdom, so too people can recognise God working in you.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5). The Holy Spirit can come upon you, so that you will have&the utterance of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:8). May you then use the wisdom that God gives you to show his glory.

In summary, Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived, but just like every one of us, he did wrong in his life. By marrying women who worshipped other gods, Solomon's heart was turned away from God, leading him into sin. All of us have sinned but we can be forgiven through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We can then go on, with the Holy Spirit's help, to have wisdom that can be used for God's glory.

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