Whenever I read this proverb of King Solomon, I think about banker speculators that recently contributed to causing oil prices to rise.
If you remember just a few years back, banks owned a significant percentage of forward contracts for oil and as a consequence made huge profits at the expense of those in need of a vital commodity in order to get to work. While I understand the need for the futures market, I do not believe bankers should have engaged in speculation of oil contracts using depositor’s funds and then were bailed out by taxpayer’s funds adding to Government Debt.
I surmised how King Solomon, based on this proverb, may have explained his views about greedy speculators to the Queen of Sheba. 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.
“Then there is the man most hated in his community. That man produces grain and refuses to sell it in time of scarcity. He holds back his grain from market to take advantage of obtaining the highest price at the expense of his community without regard for the common good. His opposite sells immediately whatever grain he has. A person motivated by social responsibility instead of maximum gain wins regards and esteem from his community and blessings from his God.” A community curses one who withholds grain, but there is a blessing on the head of one who sells it. (Proverb 11:26)
Source: 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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