|Chart of the Kings||King Solomon - Biography||God's Judgment Regarding King Solomon|
As a young man, Solomon followed God closely. But in his old age, he abandoned God.
1 Kings 3:3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father ...
1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Solomon actively promoted the worship of several idols, and the sins associated with them, including human sacrifice.
As a result of Solomon's backsliding, God divided the kingdom, giving the larger share to Solomon's rival Jeroboam.1 God also raised political and military problems in Solomon's later years, in contrast with the peace that had prevailed while Solomon was faithful.2Notes: