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2 Chronicles 1:1 "And Solomon the son of David was
strengthened in his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him, and magnified
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Solomon and his Kingdom for Little Kids
map shows the Kingdom of Israel during the time of Solomon, with
pictures of what his beautiful temple may have looked like.
After King David had died, Solomon became the third king of
Israel. He inherited the kingdom which extended from the great Euphrates
River all the way to the river of Egypt in the South. Solomon wanted to be a man of God
like his father, so before he made any decisions he traveled to Gibeon to
ask God what he should do as king. While he was there, he had a dream, and
the Lord appeared to him and offered him whatever he wanted. Solomon chose
wisdom so that he could lead God's great people well. Because Solomon gave
God such a great answer, He granted his request and Solomon became the
wisest man who had ever lived!
Unlike his father, David, Solomon was not a warrior. He wanted
to keep peace throughout the land and develop good relationships with the
surrounding kingdoms. Solomon made trade routes, so he could become friends
with the other nations and they could help each other. These trade routes
did more than make Solomon friends, but they also made him very wealthy! It
did not take Solomon very long to become the wealthiest king in the world.
With his wealth, he was able to build a huge army with horses
and chariots and a beautiful temple in Jerusalem that was made out of gold!
People were amazed by Solomon's wisdom and his wealth and would travel
across the world just to hear his wisdom and see his temple.
Even though Solomon did so much to help the nation of Israel, he
did a lot of things that hurt it too. Because he wanted to stay friends with
the surrounding nations, Solomon married many foreign kings' daughters even
though the Bible says to have only one wife. Solomon allowed his wives to
bring in their false gods to worship, and many of the Israelites started to
worship the false gods instead of the one true God. Eventually, the mistakes
that Solomon made led to the splitting of Israel into two kingdoms.