1 Kings 11, Why Was Solomon Called Wise?

Question: We are told how wise Solomon was but he made one unwise decision after another. I am confused on why he is given the title of wise. He was so unwise in not listening to the Lord in so many areas especially by worshiping other gods. Was he wise because he had the ability to make sensible decisions and ability is not the same thing as actually putting those wise decisions into action? Answer: This is confusing because there are different kinds of wisdom. See James 3:13-17. Solomon was wise with God-given wisdom regarding life, decisions, judgments, etc. This is parallel to being discerning, understanding, or educated. God's promise of wisdom did not eliminate Solomon's need to walk with God. Very smart people are fools if they choose not to walk with God. -PJ