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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: [1Ki 11:3 ESV] (3) He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his ...
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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 was dark in complexion or something, when he said, "Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother'...
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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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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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1 Kings 3:16-28 - The Story of Solomon and the Two Mothers

I'm reading through Samuel and Kings at the moment (basically the same book, I know). I've just come to the well-known story of Solomon and the two (prostitute) mothers. I was wondering whether this ...
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In 1 Kings 10:24, how literal is “all the earth”?

In 1 Kings 10:24, it says that all the earth sought Solomon: And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. Is this literally everyone on earth? How is it ...
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What does Song 1:1 tell us about Solomon's relationship to the book?

Song 1:1: שִׁ֥יר הַשִּׁירִ֖ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר לִשְׁלֹמֹֽה׃ (BHS) The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.(ESV) I have seen it postulated* that the final word here (a lamed preposition prefixed to the name ...
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Is King Solomon the bridegroom in the Song of Solomon?

A few objections against Solomon being the bridegroom are that Solomon was a king, not a shepherd (1:7), that he had hundreds of wives (versus 6:9, remembering that Solomon's first wife was an ...
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When does it all start to go wrong for Solomon?

1 Kings Chapter 10 broadly seems to detail the fulfillment of God's promise to Solomon from Chapter 3: 13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall ...
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When did separation between Israel and Judah happen? [closed]

Before the First Book of Kings there was only one nation - Israel named after Jacob (whose other name was Israel and who was called the Father of Israel). But in the Second Book of Kings it is not ...