In my earlier blogs I wrote about sharing wealth and giving endlessly that received a fair amount of blog buzz. Personal views about these subjects appear to be very vexing to both rich and poor today, same as 3000 years ago.

In the following novel excerpts, I surmised how King Solomon, based on his proverbs, may have answered two questions posed by the Queen of Sheba about his personal views of being wealthy in relationship to wisdom. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.



“Do you ever feel guilty or vexed about your wealth?” Bilqis asked. “The path of wisdom can lead to both wealth and a long life. Wealth gained through righteousness should not create vexation. Wealth derived from righteousness is a blessing we should enjoy and profit without guilt or vexation.” It is Yahweh’s blessing which brings wealth, and there is no increase of vexation with it. (Proverb 10:22)

“Solomon, what does your Goddess of Wisdom have to say about balancing the values of wealth against the character of your people?” Bilqis asked.

“Bilqis, a wise leader understands the importance of wealth to enable a better life for their people. However, a leader must prioritize the treasures of knowledge over wealth. We must all toil in life to obtain both knowledge and treasure to bring about comfort and pleasure. However, our search for knowledge and wisdom is a far greater treasure than gold and pearls. Wealth must co-exist in a framework of values of wisdom, discipline, and character of the people.” Gold there is and pearls in store, but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure. (Proverb 20:15)


As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka

Now available as an eBook at all sellers.   View at link below.

PS I wrote this post after reading the following wordpress blog article which I found interesting in relation to the author’s views about money. Money Killed My Parrot! |

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