What did King Solomon reply the Queen of Sheba when she asked him this question?

It has been said that King Solomon could recite 3000 proverbs from memory. Was his memory of proverbs and wise sayings the reason he was renowned for his wisdom? In a novel excerpt, based on his Ecclesiastes statement, I surmised how he may have answered her. 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.


“Bilqis, in answer to your question, I believe we both have gained a greater perception of wisdom from our conversations. However, while memorizing wise sayings including my proverbs may be instructive; it is no guarantee to instill wisdom in any person.”

“Wise sayings and proverbs are only goads or fixed pegs to tie on to and circle about with conversations and awareness of the daily issues we face during our lifetime. The hopeful result is to make one aware, like a sign on a road, of the hazards they may encounter on their path in life. Knowledge of the wise sayings may help alert and prevent one from making foolish decisions that cause uproar and lead to unhappiness in their life.”

“To fully comprehend wisdom is to be humble in recognition of how little we know in comparison to our God that created us. Then to understand the reality of life that no one ever born will be perfect. If our maker wanted us to be born perfect, we would have been born perfect. We must each individually find the right path that will bring us to peace and happiness in our lifetime. Wisdom will help guide us to make wise rather than foolish choices as we, and all that follow us, travel on our paths.” The sayings of the wise are like goads; like fixed pegs are the topics given by one collection. (Ecclesiastes Epilogue 9:11)

Goads Definition for Purpose of this Post

Goads were typically made from slender pieces of timber, blunt on one end and pointed on the other. Farmers used the pointed end to urge a stubborn ox into motion. Occasionally, the beast would kick at the goad. The more the ox kicked, the more likely the goad would stab into the flesh of its leg, causing greater pain. (Source Here)

In My Opinion

It is a lot less painful to read a proverb to goad us from making foolish mistakes in life .

You Decide

What would you prefer to goad you to make wise decisions, an entertaining  contemporary novel story with wisdom proverbs, or a poke in the behind?


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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