Folly and Wisdom

King Solomon was, according to the Bible, the wisest human being who ever lived.

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men…..and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005……And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:29-34.

The Queen of Sheba was a very wealthy and powerful monarch who heard the tales of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth. Being wise, she decided to test his wisdom for herself.

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions. She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing hidden from the king that he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her. 1 Kings 10:1-5

“No more breath in her?” Her mouth was shut, big time, she was humbled by what God had wrought through Solomon. What does this sample of his wisdom say to you?

Proverbs 3:7. Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the lord and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 10:20. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver..10:30 the mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom.

Proverbs 16:32. Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 17:10. A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than 100 blows into a fool.

Proverbs 18:2. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, only in expressing his own opinion.

Proverbs 18:12-13. Before destruction a mans heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. If one gives an answer before he hears the matter it is his folly and shame.

Proverbs 19:3. When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:11. Good sense makes one slow to anger and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 26:12. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes. there is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 26:16. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

Proverbs 26:20. Where there is no wood the fire goes out and without a whisperer quarreling ceases.

Proverbs 29:1. He who is often reproved but stiffens his neck will be suddenly broken beyond healing .

Proverbs 29:11. A fool gives full vent to his spirit but a wise man holds it back.

Proverbs 29:23. One’s pride will bring him low but a man who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

What I see is, wisdom consists of: self control, tongue control, anger control, humility, teachability, silence. Kind of like our public discourse and our politics today, right?

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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