Marriages to foreign women were forbidden by God because these wives often had great influence with their husbands and would encourage them to worship foreign, false gods. The culture at that time was filled with false gods of every kind. The Israelites were the only ones worshipping the True God. God wanted them to stay separate so that they stayed true to him.
Solomon made a series of very unwise decisions by marrying a foreign wife and then a another and then another. And it happened to him – his wives lured him away from the True God. He started following the detestable gods of his wives. He even built temples for these various false gods. The wisest man in the world made some very unwise choices that caused him to become a fool.
Proverbs 20:26 reads, “A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.” Solomon didn’t winnow out the wicked, he married it.
Proverbs 4 tells us to avoid the path of the wicked, turn from it. Wise words. Words Solomon – and us – should follow. If Solomon had done what he told others to do, his legacy would not be marred by his foolishness at the end of his life.
Solomon’s choices led to his own self-destruction. His story challenges us to stand firm and strong on the truth of God all the way to the end….which is really only the beginning.