Would King Solomon judge Charlie Hebdo wise or foolish?  Same question seems to apply now in Garland Texas.

In previous posts I explained how King Solomon only used two words to judge the choices a person makes. Wise or Foolish.  Notice I stated choice and not character, artistic talent, bravery, or philosophy.  I never met, read, or saw any of his satire cartoons.

I know King Solomon would not approve the actions of his murderers because of his belief in the Fifth Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Kill, and his proverbs..

Free speech rights were nonexistent three thousand years ago,  Even if existent,  I  doubt King Solomon would approve the use of  satire for the subject of religion based on his proverbs.   Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

I chose two novel excerpts of what King Solomon may have explained to the Queen of Sheba in relation to wise or foolish choices. 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.

I realize there are more issues to consider about this subject so I have also referenced a Reader Freshly Pressed Post  and my previous posts below if you are interested in reading more viewpoints.

You decide.


“Bilqis, the subject of religious matters is volcanic. If a ruler provokes their subjects about this topic they turn sourer than milk curds, and he will have erupted within them to spill out hot anger beyond their limits same as hot lava flows from a volcano.”

“In other words, when you press milk through a cloth, you will produce sour curds. When you press men to anger, you will produce blooded noses and strife. What you press to produce, you must then contend with your makings.” For the making of milk produces curds, and the pressing of the nose produces blood, and the pressing of anger produces strife. (Proverb 30:33) 

My reply must prevent my thrusting a sword to wound our new fragile relationship. Part of wisdom is the ability to use political or social effectiveness to get on with all types of people and win their confidence. I must establish a conciliatory relationship to prevent bitterness and barriers to develop between us. There is a person whose speech is like sword thrusts, but the speech of wise men is a therapy. (Proverb 12:18) 


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 most sellers.   View at link below.


Additonal References 

Why I am not Charlie HERE

King Solomon’s Wisdom on Wise or Foolish HERE