There’s a tie for first place.

  • Marriage can be plenty stressful with just one partner: “He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines [secondary wives]” (1 Kings 11:3).
  • In his old age Solomon worshiped idols.

Actually the two dumbnesses were connected. Solomon married foreign women as part of peace treaties and trade deals. A foreign ruler was less likely to attack Israel or renege on a trade deal if his daughter was living in the harem of Israel’s king.

Solomon’s brides, however, didn’t just bring their baggage to Jerusalem; they brought their gods, as well: “In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship their gods instead of trusting only in the LORD” (1 Kings 11:4).

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