God appeared to Solomon a second time saying, “Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statues and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel'” (1 Kings 9:4-5).
Despite God’s efforts, Solomon did not continue in faithfulness to the Word of God. In his old age, “his wives turned his heart after other gods…” (v.4). “Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully follow the LORD, as did his father David” (v.6). “So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice…” (v.9).
Solomon’s reign extended the boundaries of Israel farther, had more peace, and was more prosperous than David’s. Nevertheless, David’s reign was more pleasing in God’s sight. And it was for the sake of David that God waited until after Solomon’s death to divide the kingdom. The southern kingdom of Judah outlasted the northern kingdom, but in time both were dispersed or taken into exile. There was no longer a reigning son of David and the temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. The prophets of that time began to foretell of a rebuilding of David’s tabernacle (Isaiah 11:1-16).