Sparks (or not)
Emitted from the fire, their tiny illumination endures for the briefest of moments…then, they are gone

Solomon’s wisdom…and humor

Solomon’s proverbs from the Hebrew bible are some of my favorite readings. Not only are they poetic and piercing, they are strikingly efficient – getting their point across using a minimum of verbiage. They follow a pattern of admonition rather than doctrinal teaching. And they provide a foundation for moral living.

As king,  Solomon hoped to guide his people in an upstanding lifestyle which he instinctively knew would benefit his nation. This in itself was wisdom. He advised his subjects in the ways of decency much as a diligent father would instruct his children.

One who reads the proverbs of Solomon might  quickly envision a kind patriarch, serious about his message yet with a bit of a twinkle in the eye.

Here are some examples of the “lighter side of Solomon”:

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no         commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (common sense lessons from nature)

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful  woman who shows no discretion.” (’nuff said)

“Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly. (Stay away from a fool.  Stay far away…)

”  ‘Its no good! Its no good!’  says the buyer; then off he goes to boast about his purchase.”  (perspective is everything)

“Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house. Too much of you, and he will hate you.” (a worn-out welcome?)

“Better to live in a corner of the attic than in a w-i-d-e house with a quarrelsome wife. (ahem…)

“Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, the undeserved curse does not come to rest.” (feel better now..?)

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.”

“As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.” (visualize)

“Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” (it will surely devolve into fangs and fur..)

Others:

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.”

“Death and Destruction are never satisfied…and neither are the eyes of  man.”

Solomon’s words, though written millenia ago, are truly proverbial and timeless in their relevance – to both high and low among men.  I have found a regular dose is akin to a spiritual elixir.

Note: The Book of Proverbs ends with a profound tribute to the very essence of womanhood. Let the reader pursue that one on his own, if interested.


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2 Responses to “Solomon’s wisdom…and humor”

  1. oh bro! this is such a wonderful read

  2. Good post. I am going through a few of these issues as well.

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