I Kings 11:1
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1  King Shlomo loved many foreign women in addition to Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabite, Amonite, Edomite, Phoenician, and Hittite women,

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א  וְהַמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה אָהַב נָשִׁים נָכְרִיּוֹת רַבּוֹת וְאֶת־בַּת־פַּרְעֹה מוֹאֲבִיּוֹת עַמֳּנִיּוֹת אֲדֹמִיֹּת צֵדְנִיֹּת חִתִּיֹּת׃

 11:1   King Shlomo loved many foreign women

It seems shocking that the wise and righteous King Shlomo loves and marries foreign women. Rambam notes that he certainly does not marry these women without them first converting to Judaism. Yet, they clearly do not convert with a full heart, as evidenced by their continuing idolatrous practices. How, then, can King Shlomo make such a mistake? Rabbi Aviner suggests that Shlomo thought he could spread belief in Hashem throughout the world, and that in order to do that he would need to incorporate representatives of other nations into the People of Israel. Though he has noble intentions, he makes a mistake in not sufficiently protecting himself and the People of Israel from the dangers of foreign influence and idol worship.

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  • Ecclesiastes 1:17: And so I set my mind to appraise wisdom and to appraise madness and folly. And I learned—that this too was pursuit of wind…

    Ecclesiastes 7:25-26: I put my mind to studying, exploring, and seeking wisdom and the reason of things, and to studying wickedness, stupidity, madness, and folly. Now, I find woman more bitter than death; she is all traps, her hands are fetters and her heart is snares. He who is pleasing to Hashem escapes her, and he who is displeasing is caught by her.

    NOTE: Accepting that Shlomo is the author, the reason He seems to be castigating women in general is due to the fact that he had allowed the wrong kind—the kind that HaShem had warned against—into his life. (FURTHER NOTE: Generalizations are often based on presuppositions that are not rooted in fact.)

    As he admits in Ecclesiastes 7:25 states, he dabbled in Stupid. HaShem, who knows all hearts, knew that Shlomo would not follow Him with the simplicity of his father, David. Shlomo used his God-granted wisdom (incorrectly) on himself in addition to using it for the benefit of his kingdom. David, on the other hand, was a simple shepherd boy at heart, and he knew he had to rely totally on HaShem. He suffered for having taken his life into his own hands in the matter of Batsheva. Shlomo believed in HaShem, but David experientially believed Him. Big difference.

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