Solomon’s heart was not fully devoted to the LORD, but the LORD would still honor the promise He had made, in spite of the king’s unfaithfulness.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 11:9-13

ESV Text: 1 Kings 11:9-13

1 Kings 11:9–13 (Listen)

The Lord Raises Adversaries

And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice 10 and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the LORD commanded. 11 Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. 12 Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 11

     9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I have chosen.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 386:
My Savior Sinners doth Receive

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. My Savior sinners doth receive 
Who find no rest and no salvation, 
To whom no man can comfort give, 
So great their guilt and condemnation; 
For whom the world is all too small, 
Their sins themselves and God appal; 
With whom the Law itself hath broken, 
On whom its judgment hath been spoken,– 
To them the Gospel hope doth give: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

2. A love more deep than mother-love, 
With which His heart was overflowing, 
Drew Him to earth from heaven above, 
On sinners boundless grace bestowing, 
He in their stead a curse became, 
He bore the across with all its shame; 
Brought full atonement by His suffering, 
Gave up His life for them an offering. 
This comfort doth the Gospel give: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

3. His loving bosom still remains 
A haven for the heavey-laden; 
Christ frees them from their guilty stains, 
Their burdened heart doth ease and gladden. 
He casts into the unfathomed sea 
The load of their iniquity; 
He gives assurance by His Spirit 
That they are saved through His own merit. 
Yea, they shall live who this believe: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

4. Say not: “My sins are far too great, 
His mercy I have scorned and slighted, 
Now my repentance is too late; 
I came not when His love invited.” 
O trembling sinner, have no fear; 
In penitence to Christ draw near. 
Come now, though conscience still is chiding; 
Accept His mercy, e’er abiding. 
Come; blest are they who this believe: 
My Savior sinners doth receive. 

5. Oh, draw us ever unto Thee, 
Thou Friend of sinners, gracious Savior; 
Help us that we may fervently 
Desire Thy pardon, peace, and favor. 
When guilty conscience doth reprove, 
Reveal to us Thy heart of love. 
May we, our wretchedness beholding, 
See then Thy pardoning grace unfolding 
And say: “To God all glory be: 
My Savior, Christ, receiveth me.” 


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