Solomon had 700 wives. Would a less wise man have got to 600 and thought to himself, "You know, I think hat might be sufficient."?

14 Answers

  • 12 months ago

    That's what happens when you think with your private parts and your ego, instead of your brain.

  • 12 months ago

    The story might be somewhat exaggerated in the version that's come down to us. And it's likely that, however many he really had, some of those marriages had more to do with the necessity of cementing political alliances than with his desire. 


    The best stories I've seen concerning Solomon and his wives--one quoted below as a sample--are about just how much of a hassle it was to have so many. 



    He didn’t really want nine hundred and ninety-nine wives, but in those days everybody married ever so many wives, and of course the King had to marry ever so many more just to show that he was the King. 

    -- Rudyard Kipling, "The Butterfly that Stamped"; in the collection, "Just So Stories"

  • Alex
    Lv 4
    12 months ago

    Face it, Solomon, in spite of his wisdom, was foolish in overthrowing the marriage covenant, especially since a huge chunk of them were pagans.

  • 12 months ago

    solomon givv him 10000 wivs

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  • 700 wives and 300 concubines I believe. Corrected.

  • Anonymous
    12 months ago

    Can you imagine dealing with 700 sets of in-laws?

  • 12 months ago

    Wives in that era were not about "sex" as much as they were about alliances.  It was common when a treaty was established between two nations to exchange "hostages" to assure that both sides were more likely to keep the treaty.

    That could be a son gives as a "ward", a daughter given as a "wife", or other family members.

    Have that many wives was a sign of how powerful Solomon was.  there were 700 other tribes, groups or nations that wanted to have a peach treaty with Solomon.  And badly enough that they were willing to give him a daughter to seal the deal.

    It should be noted that Solomon was the only king in the Bible who is not listed has having fought a battle or engaged in a war.  His reigns was peaceful because he had the wisdom to use diplomacy and his money rather then his army to keep the peace.

    (Though he did increase the size of their standing army to 10 times what it had been before.  Or it actually says he increased the stables for the armies horses by that amount.  Which makes no sense if he did not also increase the troops.)

    For the "sex", he had the 300 concubines.  

  • 12 months ago

    Counting all the wives and concubines it was 1000 wives, and mothers-in-law.

  • k w
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    altho once wise, he caved in to his ego.........then chased after strange gods....God/YHVH was quite ticked off.........that's when the tribes split...Israel/Judah....not many know that either......

  • Mack
    Lv 7
    12 months ago

    Boggles the imagination....

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