For it came to pass when Solomon was old that his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly devoted to Yahweh his God as was the heart of David his father. Bible other translations

“when Solomon was old.” The Bible does not tell us how old Solomon was, but no doubt his turning away from Yahweh to the worship of pagan gods was a process. God warns us that “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33) but it is not an overnight process, it takes time. Over the years, Solomon’s pagan wives turned him away from Yahweh, which will have serious consequences on Judgment Day.

Commentary for: 1 Kings 11:4