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King Solomons Proverbs - Christianity

Updated on May 29, 2010

Before I start this hub, I would like to make clear that I am not your average Christian nor do I attend Church every Sunday, I have agnostic viewpoints but this is another subject matter which would be straying from the articles intention. The reason I chose to write about Solomon's proverbs is because their is a history of Christianity within my family and I am familiar with the teachings, my favorite book of the Bible is this and I found them to be very wise and useful in everyday life.

I also enjoyed researching for this article from an Art and Historical context, finding different paintings which were created to portray these events which supposedly happened thousands of years ago. For example, the above painting appears to be Russian Orthodox and it seems only logical that he is shaded with dark skin which is more common within middle eastern countries.

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King Solomon - Christian Bible

20 of my Favorite Proverbs

  • One of the stories I admire the most is when a young King Solomon is asked to make judgment over two women arguing about who is the rightful mother of a small baby. Soloman uses a cold yet clever tactic to reveal the truth when he threatens to cut the child in half, the real mother so terrified begs him to give motherhood rights to the lying woman. The infant is then returned to the distraught true parent.
  • A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
  • He cometh to want that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
  • He that winketh with the eye causeth grief, and a prating fool shall fall.
  • The labour of a righteous man tendeth to life; the revenue of a wicked man, to sin.

- Proverbs 10 - King James Version

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  • 3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
  • 13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
  • 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of
    sacrifices with strife.
  • 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
  • 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD

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  • 19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
  • 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
  • Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth. 24:17
  • One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 13:7 NIV
  • Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?20:6

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The Queen of Sheba visits Solomon (painting)

  • He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 21:17 (I like this one because we can't be enjoying ourselves all the time right?)
  • The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender's slave. 22:7
  • Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you 22:26-27
  • A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naive proceed and pay the penalty 27:12
  • The wise man saves for the future but the foolish man spends whatever he gets. 21:20

I would like to end the collection of quotes with a little Ancient History News bulletin because in the bible Solomon is described as the son of David and the last King of Israel before the famous North and South divide. All historical evidence besides the bible accounts of Solomon are disputable, however archeologist Eilat Mazar has began an excavation to confirm a Royal palace and supposed capital city in Jerusalem, 10th centuary BC. This has been undertaken in 2010 based on Eilat's discovery of what she believes to be a city wall inscribed with Hebrew writing, although another archeologist Aren Maeir questions her dating methods.

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      loretta Aranha 7 years ago

      ilove to ponder over the proverbs of King Solomon

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      HappyHer 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great Hub! I would love to hear more about the archeological dig as it progresses.

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      Fluffymetal 7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      No wonder he was classed as wise

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      Joy56 7 years ago

      hello........ I love the wisdom of Solomon. The story is amazing about the two mothers, how wise he was .... of course the real mother would want the baby to be saved.

      I love reading the bible, it helps writers, and it has passed the test of time.... I often see you on the forums, i have recently changed my name from Poet Lorraine, so i think you did come to a few of my hubs. I like your work, and your attitude. Keep writing, i will keep reading....

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      Richie, Proverbs is one of my favorites in all the Bible. I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. Thanks for writing it even though you may not hold to all the views of Christianity.