What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
King Solomon, Teachers, Mentors, and Writers (u/d)
Every creative writer in time may have tried to use his or her words to create a perfect image for a reader to envision.
Whether writing to impact a powerful message or an elegant story to interest the reader, the words must balance in order to effectively express the message.
Every writer also has a fond memory of a teacher or mentor who impacted or helped them in their youth or writing endeavor. King Solomon, 3000 years ago, wrote two proverb verses about these relationships.
In a novel, I used his two Solomon proverb verses to give special thanks to my teachers and mentors. I added the following excerpt to explain additional interpretations of the meanings of these two verses.
Consider this advice when you read the first part of the proverb how to convey an image. Think of two wheels to balance an elegant sentence. The words being one wheel that is well-rounded and as it turns, is well-timed to turn in unison with the other wheel of the sentence.
Apples of gold set in a silver design, a phrase that is well tuned, (Proverb 25:11a)
The point is that the art object is enhanced by the use of silver being worked into the apples of gold embodied in them. By doing so, it is to this center of extreme balances that words well-turned or well-timed are compared. Next, think about your teacher or mentor when the proverb sentence is completed.
A ring of gold and a trinket of fine gold, one who gives wise reproof to a receptive ear. (Proverb 25:12)
This ending verse describes an ideal teacher-student relationship by comparing it to two items of jewelry which go together an enhance each other. They are a good match and an effective combination complementary to each other. The skill of the teacher has its reward in that he or she effectively communicates their wisdom to the pupil.
In my opinion, this proverb is still relevant today as it was three thousand years ago and it is free to read in a Bible.
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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