“King Solomon was wiser when he was young than when he was old.” Dr. Ron Smith
Considering Solomon to be a major contributor to the book of Proverbs is a sobering thought.
Solomon is famous for asking for wisdom when God granted him any wish. He received great wisdom, loved the Lord (1 Kings 3:3), and even had God appear to him twice! (1 Kings 3;5, 9:2)
But right before his love for God was recorded, we see him entering into a marriage alliance with the Pharaoh of Egypt. This was the beginning of the end for Solomon, culminating in 700 wives and 300 concubines.
How could a man with so much experience with God and wisdom, end up this way?
I’ve recently had the privilege of teaching the book of Proverbs. Here are a few things we can learn from the fact Solomon had wisdom but failed to finish well.