King Solomon’s Proverbs of Wisdom have been a acclaimed by readers for over 3000 years. He was also purported to be a great storyteller. The following is a novel excerpt of how the Queen of Sheba reacted after hearing King Solomon tell her the story of two harlot’s dispute over a newborn baby. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of the wisdom of Proverbs and wise sayings.
An inquisitive look appeared on the face of Bilqis when I concluded the story of my judgment of the harlots.
“Bilqis, you asked when I first recognized being accepted by my people as their leader. Listen to the sounds of your people. Concern yourself with righteousness and justice as you rule and you will hear sounds of joy instead of groans from the voices of your subjects.” When righteous men come to power, people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, they groan. (Proverb 29:2)
“Has my manner of telling you this story satisfied you?” I asked.
“Solomon, I already heard the story of your judgment of the harlots. However, listening to you tell it again is very interesting. You appear to have made many compassionate observations and considerations of the circumstance of the harlots. I now understand the reason why you have gained your reputation for being a great storyteller.”
“What troubles me though is this. If the real mother did not come forward to protect her child, and your general killed the child, I surmise you would have heard groans instead of accolades from your people. This seems to contradict your statement about listening to the sounds of your people.”
“In addition, you stated that a king who makes wrong decisions will be viewed as a fool. You took a great risk when you made your judgment to part the innocent child in two. Either that or your God is very powerful, and intervened in your behalf.”
“Bilqis, your comments reveal great insight. Allow me to continue with my story to answer your concerns.
“Please continue then.”
I left the courtyard and went to my private chamber to contemplate what had just taken place. I could still hear the crowd joyfully chanting my name. This was the first time I ever heard my name called out in praise. It is better to hear a stranger praise you to earn your reputation of respect and honor. A wise person’s strength is silent of self-praise and a loud man who praises himself lets others know his flaws and cheapens himself. Let a stranger praise you and not your own mouth, a foreigner and not your own lips. (Proverb 27:2
Source: Chapter Seven
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka
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