Friday, October 1st, 2010
"He should not increase horses for himself . . . He should also not multiply wives for himself" (Deuteronomy 17:16, 17)
Increasing his horses would show that the king depended upon military might to protect the nation instead of depending on Jehovah, the Protector. And multiplying wives would be dangerous because some of them could be from surrounding pagan nations that engaged in false worship, and those wives could turn the king aside from the true worship of Jehovah. Solomon did not heed those warnings. Rather, he did what Jehovah specifically said kings should not do. He accumulated thousands of horses and horsemen. (1 Kings 4:26) He also came to have 700 wives and 300 concubines, many from the pagan nations nearby. These "inclined his heart to follow other gods; and his heart did not prove to be complete with Jehovah." As a result, Jehovah said that he would "without fail rip the kingdom away" from Solomon.—1 Kings 11:1-6, 11.
(Watchtower issue: 3/15/09, 1:12, 13)