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Why does Neh. 8:17 say that nobody celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles since Joshua, when Solomon celebrated it in 1 Kgs. 8:65?

When Nehemiah celebrates the Festival of Tabernacles for the first time with the returning exile from Babylon, it is stated that From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had ...
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Is Solomon the bridegroom of Song of Solomon?

Some say Shulamite's beloved is Solomon. Some say it's another man Shulamite asks her beloved to enter his garden: Song of Solomon 4:16 Let my beloved come to his garden And eat its pleasant fruits ...
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Does 1 Kings 11:28 refer voluntary workers, oppressed laborers, conscripts, slaves or what?

Here are a few translations of the verse in question: AMP - The man Jeroboam was a brave warrior and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he put him in charge of all the forced labor ...
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Is the Sulamitess of Cant. 6:12 & 7:1 a reference to Abisag?

Who is the Sulamitess of Cant. 6:12 & Cant. 7:1? Cant. 6:12: Return, return, O Sulamitess: return, return that we may behold thee. Cant. 7:1: What shalt thou see in the Sulamitess but the ...
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Structure of Solomon's temple: religious laws for buildings?

1 Kings 6:6 reports: The lowest story was five cubits broad, the middle one was six cubits broad, and the third was seven cubits broad. For around the outside of the house he made offsets on the wall ...
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Why it took so long for Israel to build the Temple and establish the state? [closed]

Israel couldn't build the Temple since exodus from Egypt until the time of Solomon - for about 300 years. Almost as much time it took to establish the kingdom in the promised land. Is there any ...
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Are the Prayer Requests of 1 Kings 8:31-52 grammatically subordinate to the "requests" of 1 Kings 1:25-26

I'm a beginning exegete and I'm trying to determine, are the prayer requests of 1 Kings 8:31-52 grammatically subordinate to the "requests" of 1 Kings 1:25-26? Verses 25-26 where Solomon ...
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What are the Acts of Solomon?

In 1 Kings 11:41, it mentions that all the things Solomon did until he died was written in the acts of Solomon. Is this a non-canonical book? Is this another way of describing Proverbs? Appreciate y'...
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Did Solomon make up his mind to cut the baby? [closed]

What is Solomon mind when he prayed the Lord to give his wisdom to judge ? Did he think the kingdom is His own ?
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Did Bathsheba receive the Get referring to her husband when Uriah went to war? [closed]

And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias (Matt. 1:6 KJV) KJV Matthew 1:6 What is meant by the family relationship described in the ...
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Is One of the main overarching meanings of ( Song of Solomon 2:7 ) is that love is gentle & patient?

There is a lot of debate surrounding ( Song of Solomon 2:7 ) as to whether the "Subject" which in this case is the speaker is the bride or the groom? why the "Direct Object" ...
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Was there a Hazor for Jabin to rule over?

The late-Exodus theory places the Exodus sometime during Ramesses II's reign(c. 1290-1224). This theory identifies the archaeological 1230 BC destruction of Hazor with Joshua's attack on the site. It ...
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In I Kings 6:12, what specifically does the Lord mean by this phrase: “then will I perform my word with thee which I spake unto David thy father”?

I Kings 6:12-13 KJV “Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my ...
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Why does it say the Israelites chose Jeroboam as king of Israel in 2 Kings 17?

2 Kings 17:21 NLT For when the Lord tore Israel away from the kingdom of David, they chose Jeroboam son of Nebat as their king. Then Jeroboam drew Israel away from following the Lord and made them ...
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Did Solomon himself actually offer sacrifices to other gods?

Here are the verses in question: 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been....
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Is (Proverbs 6:1-3) broad enough to go beyond financial debt obligations/money lending etc.,?

Proverbs 6:1-3 New American Standard Bible 1995 Parental Counsel 6 My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have [a]given a pledge for a stranger, 2 If you have been snared with the words ...
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Understanding the end of the Song of Solomon

I find chapter 8 harder to understand than the rest of the book. In chapter 7 the lovers seem settled in their romance. It is bizarre to follow that with O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked ...
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When does the dream in Song of Solomon end?

The second half of Song of Solomon is easier to follow than the first (in my opinion), a rough outline is: 5:2- the bride sleeps the groom knocks outside 5:6 but he is gone 5:7-8 she travels across ...
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Why would being a "man of war" prevent David from building the temple of God (1 Chron. 22:8, 29:3, 1 Kings 8:18-19)?

There are several instances in the Old Testament (and one or two in the N/T) where we read that David was not allowed to build a temple for God: 1 Chronicles 22:8: "But the word of the LORD came ...
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Why did King Solomon have so many wives and concubines?

Top of the day to everyone. I have been having this concerns for a while so I thought I could ask to get some clarity on it. A wise as King Solomon was in the bible, why did he choose to have so many ...
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Did David's judgment between Mephibosheth and Ziba foreshadow Solomon's judgment between the two mothers?

In 2 Samuel 19, David asks Mephibosheth why he did not join him and Ziba when they fled from Absalom. Ziba claimed that Mephibosheth intended to claim the throne, and Mephibosheth claimed that Ziba ...
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Solomon's view on "excessive righteousness"

Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. ...
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Was Benaiah afraid to kill Joab in the sanctuary in 1 Kings 2:

Solomon instructs Benaiah to kill Joab regardless that he was in the sanctuary holding onto the horns of the Altar.Benaiah seems to hesitate and instead negotiates with him to come out of the ...
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Why is Abiather named as priest after having been removed from office in 1 Kings 4:1-4?

After hiving been removed from office Abiather is mentioned as priest along with Zadok and Benainh as commander in chief. The order of events in the previous chapter is that Benaiah first killed ...
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Ecclesiastes - Could Solomon have repented and been forgiven for his sinful life

In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon looks back over his wasted years and finds no joy in them, only futility, vanity, and “a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). He concludes that everything ...
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Did God change his mind concerning the wealth of kings?

Deuteronomy 17:17 NIV 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. Years later king Solomon asks for wisdom and God adds ...
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Who are the ones who "ruled Jerusalem before me" in Ecclesiastes 1:16?

Ecclesiastes 1:16 (GNT): I told myself, "I have become a great man, far wiser than anyone who ruled Jerusalem before me. I know what wisdom and knowledge really are." The author presents ...
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Why did God LOVE Solomon over all the more legitimate sons of David, before He was Born?

When David was old and Adonijah his son proclaimed himself King, Nathan the Prophet rushed to Bathsheba and gave her wisdom to go in to the King and save her life and the life of her son Solomon – and ...
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Did Jesus challenge the Principles and Teachings of King Solomon and those of the Prophets before him? [closed]

During Jesus's epoch,the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem followed mainly the Principles of the Book of Torah(Laws of Moses) and other Prophets that came after him.During that period,Caiaphas,a High Priest ...
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Why was Amnon not punished by David for raping Tamar?

David is unwittingly involved in the set-up, by agreeing to Amnon's request to have Tamar make him some cakes. II Samuel 13:6,7. He KNEW what happened next, and was very angry. II Samuel 13:21. He did ...
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What is 'arrayed' more gloriously in a lily, than in all of that in which Solomon was arrayed?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [Matthew 6:28,29 KJV....
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Did King Solomon make the Israelites his servants?

Initial we are told that King Solomon used the descendants of the conquered tribes as his servants to build his cities and other works 1 Kings 9:22 NKJV 22 But of the children of Israel Solomon ...
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In 2 Samuel 12:25, what is Solomon's alternate name in the Septuagint and what does it mean?

The KJV (mainly Hebrew?) reads, "And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD." The Septuagint (e-Sword) reads, "και απεστειλεν εν χειρι ναθαν ...
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In 1 Kings 11:43 and 1 Kings 12:1 why was Rehoboam the only one listed as a son of Solomon?

What happened to all of King Solomon’s sons? Solomon had many wives and concubines: 1 Kings 11:3 ESV He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. ...
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In 1 Kings 1:33, where was Gihon and why did David instruct Solomon be taken there to be anointed?

1 Kings 1:32-33: "2 And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. 33 The king also said unto them, Take ...
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Harlots before king Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16

Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. Should not the harlots have been killed by law? However, far from executing them, Solomon judged between them! But if this ...
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Was King Solomon dark in complexion or something? (Songs of Solomon 1:6)

As I read the Songs of Solomon, I can't help wondering if King Solomon was dark in complexion or something, when he said, "Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: ...
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Did Solomon write Ecclesiastes?

In addition to Proverbs there are other canonical texts that non-scholars tend to attribute to Solomon of more dubious origin. What evidence is there that Ecclesiastes alleges to have been written by ...
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Did Solomon write Wisdom of Solomon?

In addition to Proverbs there are other canonical texts that non-scholars tend to attribute to Solomon of more dubious origin. What evidence is there that Wisdom of Solomon alleges to have been ...
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How can we reconcile the suppossed contradiction 1 Kings 7 & 2 Chronicles 2?

1 Kings 7:13-14 NASB 13 Now King Solomon sent and brought Hiram from Tyre. 14 He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; an 2 Chronicles ...
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Was the appointing of Solomon not contrary to the law in 1 Kings 1:28-30?

David appoints Solomon as King 1 Kings 1:28-30 (NKJV) Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 And the king ...
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Did not King Solomon defile the altar by killing Joab while he was still holding onto its horns in 1 Kings?

In a similar incident Solomon had spared the life of his brother Adonijah. 1 Kings 1:50-53 (NKJV) 50 Now Adonijah was afraid of Solomon; so he arose, and went and took hold of the horns of the ...
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Is the 480 years mentioned in 1 Kings 6 accurate?

1 Kings 6:1 (KJV) 1 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in ...
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In 1 Kings 2:13-25 why didn't Solomon's mother see Adonijah's request as treasonous?

In 1 Kings 2:13-25 when Adonijah asked Bathsheba to ask Solomon for Abishag as a wife, Solomon saw the request as tantamount to a treasonous attempt on the throne. Given that Bathsheba was aware of ...
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If David wanted Joab killed, why did he leave it to Solomon instead of doing it himself?

Closely related: Why did David advise Solomon to kill Joab? The linked question asks why David advised Solomon to kill Joab. I would like to ask a follow-up question: if David wanted Joab killed, why ...
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In what ways will the glory of this House be greater than the former?

Haggai 2:9 “The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts, “and in this place I will give peace,” declares the Lord of hosts. (NASB) In what ways ...
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Why is it significant for the author to point out that no iron tools were used on the site of Solomon's temple? (1 Kings 6:7)

The temple of Solomon was built in a sort of strange way. Since Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived (according to scripture), there must have been some element of divine wisdom in his decision. ...
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What did Lilies mean in Solomon's era or from what he taught about plants that caused Huram to cast them onto the pillars of the temple? 1 Kings 7:19

According to Exodus 31:2-3, Bezalel had divine wisdom and used it in his crafting of the tabernacle. Huram succeeded him and crafted the articles for the temple. The capitals which were on top of ...
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Why did King Solomon have Adonijah killed? [duplicate]

Adonijah proclaims himself king over Israel with the help of Joab and few others. Then King David publicly proclaims that Solomon is the new king. Once Solomon is the new king why does he order the ...
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How did Solomon manage to sacrifice 144000 animals?

When Solomon dedicated the temple, he sacrificed 22000 cattle and 120000 sheep. How was this done over 7 days? 1 Kings 8:63 Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the LORD: twenty-...
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