26 Solomon accumulated chariots and horses;(A) he had fourteen hundred chariots and twelve thousand horses,[a] which he kept in the chariot cities and also with him in Jerusalem. 27 The king made silver as common(B) in Jerusalem as stones,(C) and cedar as plentiful as sycamore-fig(D) trees in the foothills. 28 Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue[b]—the royal merchants purchased them from Kue at the current price. 29 They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty.[c] They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites(E) and of the Arameans.

Solomon’s Wives

11 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women(F) besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites,(G) Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry(H) with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines,(I) and his wives led him astray.(J) As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods,(K) and his heart was not fully devoted(L) to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth(M) the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek(N) the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil(O) in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.

On a hill east(P) of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh(Q) the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek(R) the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Kings 10:26 Or charioteers
  2. 1 Kings 10:28 Probably Cilicia
  3. 1 Kings 10:29 That is, about 3 3/4 pounds or about 1.7 kilograms