… 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.
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