In addition to ‘However’ and ‘Nevertheless’, there were laws for one who served as king of Israel.
“The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself… He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees.”
It is very clear. “He must not take many wives.” Then the explanation – “or his heart will be led astray.”
Then follows the directive that in order to remember these instructions, he is to have his own copy of this part of the law and he is to read it all the days of his life.
So where did Solomon’s problem really start? It started because he no longer read and reflected on the Law of God.
*Reflection. I need to carve out time every day, all the days of my life, to read and reflect on the Word of God.