In 1 Kings 3:9 Solomon said to God: Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" God was pleased and said: 10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." Since God gave Solomon great wisdom, WHY did he make so many bad decisions? I believe in freewill so that explains the 'how', but great wisdom, as a gift from God, should have prevented such bad decisions. Was the wisdom given to Solomon ONLY to discern and judge for the people and not for life decisions? Can anyone explain this to me? We've discussed it in Sunday School but everyone is as confused as I. Diane 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.