in i kings 111-2 we find the following comments from god but king solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of pharaoh, women of the moabites, ammonites, edomites, zidonians, and hittites of the nations concerning which the lord said unto the children of israel, ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you for surely they will turn away your heart. king solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and also one of the most foolish. God gifted him with unsurpassed wisdom, which solomon squandered by disobeying gods commandments. Some of solomons most famous achievements were his building projects, particularly the temple in jerusalem. King solomon immediately commanded that the baby be cut in half by a sword and each woman receive a half. One of the women cried out for king solomon to give the baby to the other woman while the other woman was indifferent to the dividing of the baby so that neither would be awarded the living baby. Scripture records the horrific sinfulness of solomon later in his life in several passages. Solomon disobeyed gods commands not to marry women from certain nations who would surely cause him to turn after their gods (1 kin.). the reading for saturday mornings mass brought us to a high point in the life of king solomon. Solomon, when presented the opportunity to ask anything whatsoever from god chose not gold or glory but wisdom. the negative stories about king solomon initially came from the priestly writers of the bible. They were moralistic and claimed that judahs decline of power that came from his marrying non-jewish wives. Like it or not, the legendary king solomon was the son of an african woman. His mother bathsheba was a gilonite which was one of the canaanite tribes that judah didnt remove from the land. The gilonites and the hittites were among several canaanite tribes that lived among judah. For those that are rusty on biblical lineage, the hittites were the sons of heth, which were the sons of. Nearly all evidence for solomons life and reign comes from the bible (especially the first 11 chapters of the first book of kings and the first nine chapters of the second book of chronicles). According to those sources, his father was david (flourished c. 1000 bce), the poet and king who, against great odds, founded the judaean dynasty and united all the tribes of. In the last part of his reign his wisdom seems to have deserted him. The relationship with israels neighbor edom soured, and warfare began to drain the resources of the kingdom. Solomon had taxed both rich and poor with as much enthusiasm as any modern government, but now the worm began to turn.