… Once he had procured the Naxian Stone, king Solomon kept Asmodeus under vigilant watch and restrained him from leaving the palace until he had built the Temple.
Upon its completion, Solomon said to him, “It is written: He hath as it were the majestic strength of a rhino. By way of allegory, we say that ‘majestic strength’ refers to the ministerial angels, while ‘rhino’ refers to the demons. But what is your advantage over us?”
Said Asmodeus, “Remove the chain from me and give me your signet ring, and I will show you my advantage.”
So, Solomon removed the chain from Asmodeus and gave to him his ring.
Asmodeus immediately swallowed the ring, positioned one of his wings on the earth, and the other wing in the heavens and hurled Solomon a distance of four-hundred Persian miles from the place where he stood.
Thus deposed and expelled from his kingdom, Solomon went about like a pauper begging for a piece of bread, while Asmodeus held sway in the temple and palace alike, impersonating the king.
There were none in the kingdom who could see through Asmodeus’ disguise.
In every place that he went, Solomon would say, “I am the preacher. I used to be a king over Israel in Jerusalem and this was the portion of all my labour.” At which he would show people his regal staff, and profer his bowl for alms.
The Holy Men soon began to question themselves, saying, “Had this pauper been a mad man, he would not repeat incessantly only this one thing. What is this that we have here?”
Then they sent into the neighbouring kingdoms, asking the people there whether the king had come to them recently. They replied, saying, “Whenever the king comes and goes he demands that women cohabit with him during their period of separation!”
At hearing this, the Holy Men brought back Solomon, who had been deposed, and they gave to him the anklet and chain with on them inscribed the Ineffable Name.
When Asmodeus returned to the palace, and saw Solomon holding the anklet and chain he flew off into the sky, making good his escape.
Even so, Solomon was forever filled with constant fear, trepidation and terror at the thought of Asmodeus’ return.
The bed of Solomon!
Sixty mighty men are about it,
O’ valiant men of Israel!
(Song of Songs 3:7-8).