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We leave Solomon sick at heart, but when we find that his son Rehoboam had for mother “Naamah an Ammonitess” (2 Chron. 12:1313So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. (2 Chronicles 12:13)) we are not surprised that he did not turn out a better man. Like his father and grandfather, he multiplied wives, eighteen wives and sixty concubines. “He desired many wives” is the Divine comment on this man. His favorite wife was Maachah, the daughter of Absalom; but from Chapter 13, verse 2, we gather this was not Absalom the son of David. He appointed Abijah, the son of this woman Maachah, to be king in his stead. From 1 Kings 15:1313And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. (1 Kings 15:13), we learn that she was an idolatress, and “made an idol in a grove.” What a woman to choose for the mother of the future sovereign of God’s people.