“appeared to Solomon.” God personally appeared to Solomon on two different occasions (1 Kings 3:5; 9:2; 11:9). It seems they both were in a dream, but God showed Himself nevertheless; it was not a figment of Solomon’s imagination. But in spite of his personal and intimate experiences with God, Solomon turned away from Him and did evil in His sight. Solomon is one person who shows us that knowledge does not equal commitment. We can know a lot about God without being committed to him. [For more on God appearing to people, see commentary on Acts 7:55].