King Solomon and the Baby

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One day, the wise King Solomon was approached by two women arguing over a baby. Each claimed the child was hers. Unable to judge, King Solomon thought up a plan – he offered to cut the baby in half, giving half to the one and half to the other.

The first women agreed with the King: “Let the baby be neither mine nor hers, but divide it. If I can’t have the child”, she cried, “she can’t have it either”. The second women pleaded with Solomon not to hurt the child. “Give her the baby. I’d rather lose the child than see it slain”.

Solomon knew immediately that this was the rightful mother. He returned the baby to her.

*This is a true story…you can read about it more in detail here > 1 Kings 3:16-28 KJV

I’ll just print it here in case you don’t have your King James Version Bible 🙂
1 Kings 3:16-28

3:16 ‘Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. 17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. 18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. 19 And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it. 20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. 22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.

23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. 25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. 26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. 27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.’

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James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Prov 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

Prov 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Prov 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

Prov 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

Prov 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Prov 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get Wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Prov 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

Prov 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Prov 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

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