Solomon was David’s son and the third king of Israel. God gave him the gift of great wisdom, making him the wisest person on earth. Early in his reign he displayed this wisdom, even following through on his father’s desire to build a temple for God. However, during the rest of his life he let his heart be led astray by the many women he married, setting up Israel to be the idolatrous nation it would become for many centuries. Following his death, the nation of Israel was split into two kingdoms, Israel in the north and Judah in the south.
Exact date of birth unknown; his reign was from 971 BC to 932 BC