Scriptural Discussion #16: David and Solomon


DAVID AND SOLOMON

Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. (Jacob 2: 24)

David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants, as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time; and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they received not of me.  David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord.  (D&C 132: 38-39)

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  1. David and Solomon were from a cursed bloodline. This has to do with Lot’s covenant, which is independent of the covenant with Abraham. Some years ago I added all the information and footnotes to Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covenant_(biblical)#Covenant_with_Lot

    To quote my own words in Wikipedia: “The covenant with Lot is a covenant independent of the Abrahamic Covenant. God promises the land of the Moabites (Ar) and the land of the Ammonites to the descendants of Lot as a possession (Deuteronomy 2:9, 2:19). David and Solomon were only allowed to rule over these lands as third and fourth generation descendants of Ruth, a Moabite.”

    Unions with the Moabites were forbidden (cf. Numbers 24:17, Numbers 25:1-3, Ezra 9:1-2, Jeremiah 48), and their bloodlines were cursed for 10 generations (Deuteronomy 23:3-6). David and Solomon were thereby cursed, being only in the 3rd and 4th generations from Ruth.

    David restored the curse with Bathsheba the Hittite (“save in the case of Uriah and his wife”), and Solomon did the same several times over contracting every possible forbidden union several times over (1 Kings 11:1-13).

  2. In addition to plural wives, concubines are also allowed.

    D&C 132: 39 David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife…

  3. Both D&C 132 and Jacob 2 specifically discuss the wives & concubines of David & Solomon. In Jacob 2, the plural wives & concubines of David & Solomons were specifically declared an abomination. No disrespect intended, but I think the contradiction between D&C and BoM very clearly exists. You are changing the focus. But they both specify the exact same acts of plural marriage – one condems and one condoles.


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