What Would Solomon Say?

The Bible tells us the following about the wisdom of Solomon:

 29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. 33 He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. 34 Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom. (1 Kings 4:29-34)

Notice that verse 33 demonstrates that Solomon was, at some level, a scientist, a biologist even.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that one of Solomon’s proverbs reads as follows.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
       to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (Proverbs 25:2)

Which is precisely what Solomon did.

While it would be great hubris to disagree with Solomon, I do think that, some kings (read “governments”) might be better off to leave some matters concealed.

…and yes, I was looking for a way to include a link to this post on this blog. Sorry if it’s a bit forced. I guess this is an example of proof-texting. 😉


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