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Jezebel sets up a man who wouldn't sell his land to her husband, the King. This man is stoned to death for blasphemy but God was upset at the lying and promises death to the king (& Jezebel as well), which he avoids (at first) by humbling himself before God. But God gets him in the end. Not sure he gets Jezebel, she's not mentioned again.
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God is back to joining in with massive slaughter including dropping a wall on 27,000 people to kill them and getting annoyed with people who are merciful to their enemies (so they must die in place of the people God told them to kill. One merciful guy is killed by a lion who was wandering by).
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There are days when the just the thought of reading that day's bit of the bible gets me down. It's definitely not the highlight of my day, but I won't let it break me!

Apart from a king who has a son with his mother (who is then the next king), various kings managing to do worse acts than anyone in history to that point (quite a challenge!) and a child brought back to life after apparently dying from a sickness, there really isn't much else of note going on in these chapters.

There are these repeated verses that ask 'Now the rest of the acts of [king whoever], are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?' which make me think that someone didn't want to write out details of something that is going to be revisited later (if so, thankyou to that person!)
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Solomon dies and a new king inherits the throne, one of Solomon's sons. This guy tells the people that if they thought Solomon was a mean slave driver then he's going to be worse.

He then breaks a load of commandments but God doesn't smite anyone except the king's son. Holy punishments just aren't what they once were.
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The Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon to find out if he's really as wise as his reputation suggests. Whatever they said to each other was very convincing and she bestows his kingdom with a ridiculous amount of gold. Seems the writer was far more impressed by amounts of gold and what use it was put to (decorating everything in Solomon's house in gold, even drinking cups) than what amazing wise things Solomon said.

But his wisdom can't be that great because his 700 wives manage to convince him to worship a few of their gods and God starts punishing. By rustling up a couple of men who were in hardship because David slaughtered their people and had reason to want revenge. God can't seem to quite manage to stir up the seething anger he once managed, despite his people worshipping other gods being one of his biggest pet peeves.
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God moves into the house that Solomon built him and then so many animals are sacrificed that they can't be counted. God then chats with Solomon to remind him of the penalties for disobedience.
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Another chapter detailing the measurements for building things, this time King Solomon is building 2 houses, one for God and one for himself. God hasn't made any comments about the fact that his house is smaller than Solomon's.

There's a verse here that The SAB says implies that Pi is 3 because a circular object is 10 cubits in diameter and has a 30 cubit circumference. But they never measure with more accuracy than to a whole cubit so it just looks like a rounding error to me. I can't even work out what this object is, but it's made of metal and has a lot of carving and is huge (10 cubits is over 5 metres), can't imagine how they go about moving it anywhere, especially as Solomon seems to be doing all the building himself (except for the metalwork).
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Solomon is now king of Israel, so he asks God to make him wise enough to judge his people.

His first case makes no sense. Two women share a house and both have young baby boys. One baby dies in the night as his mother smothers him accidentally in bed. She then swaps the corpse of her baby with the living baby of her housemate. Which is bad enough, but mow there is an argument with them both claiming the living baby as their own.

Solomon's judgement: Cut the baby in half and give each of them a half. Baby's real mother immediately says the baby should go to the other woman to keep it alive, but the baby stealing woman who lost her actual baby says 'sure cut him in half'. All I can think is that the loss of a baby so soon after giving birth has driven this woman a little potty, because surely no sane woman who wants a baby would say that. But Solomon sees their reactions and gives the baby back to the real mother, mainly because the other woman wants to cut the baby in half, never leave a baby with someone willing to do that!

So apparently that is sufficient to show off Solomon's new God-enhanced brain powers, and everyone is scared of how clever he is, or maybe they are frightened of someone who solves disputes by threatening to brutally murder babies...
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This may be a new book but it continues without a break from 2 Samuel.

David annoints Solomon king though one of his older sons wants to do it. This guy is so keen he's been slaughtering large numbers of animals. But David on his death bed, while being attended by a virgin, wants Solomon to be king so his other son ends up dead. However, David is still hanging on despite already being succeeded.

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