What is wisdom?
Can you give me some examples of wisdom?
What are some unwise things people do at school?
night while Solomon was in Gibeon, the Lord God appeared to him in a dream and said, “Solomon, ask for
anything you want, and I will give it to you.”
My father David, your servant, was honest and did what you
commanded. You were always loyal to him, and you gave him a son who is now
king. Lord God, I’m your servant, and you’ve
made me king in my father’s place. But I’m very young and know so little about
being a leader. And now I must rule your chosen people, even though
there are too many of them to count.
Please make me wise and teach me the difference between
right and wrong. Then I will know how to rule your people. If you don’t, there
is no way I could rule this great nation of yours.
Solomon, I’m pleased that you asked for this. You could have asked
to live a long time or to be rich. Or you could have asked for your enemies to
be destroyed. Instead, you asked for wisdom to make right decisions. So I’ll make you wiser than anyone
who has ever lived or ever will live.
God gave great wisdom to Solomon. Solomon could
understand many things. His wisdom was as hard to measure as the sand on the
seashore.His wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the
men in the East. And his wisdom was greater than all the wisdom of the men in
Egypt.He was wiser than any other man on earth.
day two women
came to King Solomon,
and one of them said:
Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. Not long
ago my baby was born at home, and three days later her baby was born. Nobody else was
there with us.
One night while we were all asleep, she rolled over on
her baby, and he died. Then while I was still asleep, she got up and took my
son out of my bed. She put him in her bed, then she put her dead baby next to
In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that
he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn’t my son.
I held a
baby doll and invited to girls to come forward, and told the story. I asked each girl would it be a good idea to
cut the baby in half and give each a half.
the other woman shouted. “He was your son. My baby is alive!”
“The dead baby is
yours,” the first woman yelled. “Mine is alive!”
They argued back and
forth in front of Solomon, until finally he said, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. Someone
bring me a sword.”
A sword was brought,
and Solomon ordered, “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.”
If you were the mother what would you do?
don’t kill my son,” the baby’s mother screamed. “Your Majesty, I love him very
much, but give him to her. Just don’t kill him.”
The other woman
shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”
said, “Don’t kill the baby.” Then he pointed to the first woman, “She is his
real mother. Give the baby to her.”
in Israel was amazed when they heard how Solomon had made his decision. They
realized that God had given him wisdom to judge fairly.