In the Book of Wisdom, chapter 9, King Solomon is appealing to God to impart to him Wisdom so he may rule wisely and be worthy of his Father’s throne.
With thee is Wisdom, who knows thy works
and was present when thou didst make the world…
10 Send her forth from the holy heavens,
and from the throne of thy glory send her…
…for she knows and understands all things,The Book of Wisdom, Chapter 9
and she will guide me wisely in my actions
and guard me with her glory.
It is, of course, wisdom for which Solomon is so well-known. Can the man or woman at the top, the one who’s making all the decisions, ever have too much wisdom?
I think not.
The fact that the book of Wisdom was written approximately nine centuries after Solomon’s reign does not negate its value.
We moderns who have so many critical, historical and literary tools at our disposal know well that there’s little-to-no material in the book to give insight into what Solomon’s reign was actually like.
But just like Solomon and the ancient Israelites nearly 3,000 years ago, we would do well to appeal to the Divine One to send Wisdom, to send Her forth from the Holy Heavens, so we can navigate the often-treacherous terrain of 21st Century life with some wisdom and discernment.
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