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do not waste your strength on women,
    on those who ruin kings.

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26 “Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives.

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17 The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.

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26 For she has been the ruin of many;
    many men have been her victims.
27 Her house is the road to the grave.[a]
    Her bedroom is the den of death.

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Footnotes

  1. 7:27 Hebrew to Sheol.

If you do, you will lose your honor
    and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10 Strangers will consume your wealth,
    and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11 In the end you will groan in anguish
    when disease consumes your body.

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Solomon’s Many Wives

11 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.

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11     to worship other gods.

“Wine has robbed my people
    of their understanding.

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