Wow… (not an impressed wow) he had 1000 “partners” at any given time and all of them were from tribes and places that were exclusively instructed not to mix with for the very reason that they would turn him from the Lord… and that’s what happened.. none of these “wives” would God want to be the third cord in the triple braided strand that bonds a husband and wife in a covenant with God … Ecclistiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” And I had to look up these false gods and abominations that he turned to as a result of taking the hand off the plow… Luke 9:62 “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Milcom is the biblical name of a Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice, through fire or war. I think the only time Our God asked someone to sacrifice a child was Abraham and Isaac…and He stopped it! Other times when God had smote the ”innocent” children it was to remove evil.
Ashtoreth is the Queen of Heaven to whom the Canaanites burned offerings and poured libations (Jeremiah 44). Astarte, goddess of war and sexual love, shared so many qualities with her sister, Anath, that they may originally have been seen as a single deity. God of sexual love… really? God Is Love!
Chemosh was the national deity of the Moabites whose name most likely meant “destroyer,” “subduer,” or “fish god.”. Ok, just weird.. like the “gods”’of the egyptians.. the sun, vegetation, general chaos all had their own dieties… statues made of gold and copper and looked like dogs.. weird that God spelled backwards is dog…. their thinking was backwards and so was their gods!
In my opinion, if Solomon was not the son of David God may have smote him as soon as he started going south.. I mean it was specifically instructed to him after He appear to him twice and instructed specifically not to do such things and he just didn’t listen.