Understanding the Scriptures
|Strange (vv. 1, 8)||Foreign|
|Clave (v. 2)||Became close|
|Concubines (v. 3)||Women married to a particular man but with a lesser status than a “wife,” usually performing servant-type duties in the household|
|Rend (vv. 11–13, 31)||Tear|
|Howbeit (vv. 13, 22, 34)||But|
|Adversary (vv. 14, 23, 25)||Enemy|
|Victuals (v. 18)||Food|
|Abhorred (v. 25)||Hated|
|Breaches (v. 27)||Gaps in the wall where it wasn’t finished|
|Industrious (v. 28)||A good worker|
|Clad (v. 29)||Clothed|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study 1 Kings 11.
Marriage out of the Covenant
In 1 Kings 3:1 we read that Solomon married a non-Israelite wife. She was the daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh. Marrying Pharaoh’s daughter seemed like a wise thing to do because a king would not usually attack another king who was married to his daughter. Marriage was a very common way of making treaties in those days. In Deuteronomy 7:1–4, the Lord gave counsel about marrying outside the covenant. How does the counsel in Deuteronomy apply to Solomon in 1 Kings 11:1–8?
Give an example of how this principle applies today in your age group.
What Are the Consequences?
Name at least two things that happened because Solomon’s heart was turned from the Lord (see 1 Kings 11:11–40).