What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
King Solomon, Wise Advice for Donald Trump?
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Wisdom is to know that no one is perfect and people will disappoint you. What does a wise person learn when a person disappoints him or her? Read the last two sentences what we learn when people disappoint.
Last Sentence No 1
Like the lives of many great teachers, Solomon’s life disappoints us. If Solomon had followed his own advice, he would not have carried out the evil acts in 1 Kings 11:1-10. But that fact teaches us a useful lesson also. We must not depend even on the greatest people. Our trust must be in God alone. We need the wisdom that God gives. And we will find that wisdom in the Bible.
What Might King Solomon Advise Donald Trump?
10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences. (Ecclesiastes 10:4)
This is just saying, be wise and do not answer back to the ruler. Just quietly accept what he says, and it will pass over.
Last Sentence No 2
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee] To the picture of the boastful self-assertion of the fool is appended as a contrast, that of the self-effacement of the wise. The scene brought before us is that of a statesman, or minister, whose advice runs counter to that of the ruler. The “spirit,” what we should call the “temper,” of the latter “rises up” against the former. What shall the adviser do? His natural impulse is to “leave his place,” i. e. either to cut short his interview, or, resign his office. He won’t be slighted, will not put up with contradiction. That, however, is precisely what the wise of heart will not do. Yielding, i. e. the temper of conciliation (the Hebrew noun is literally the healing, or the healthy, mood of mind) puts to rest, or puts a stop to, great offences.
The history of all nations, our own included, presents manifold instances of both modes of action, sometimes, as in the case of Chatham’s behaviour to George III., in the same statesman at different times, sometimes in the attitude of rival statesmen towards the same sovereign. Interpreters after their manner, seeing either the golden or the silver side of the shields, have referred the last words either to the angry acts of the ruler, or to the sins of rebellion in the minister. It can scarcely be questioned, however, that the proverb includes both. The maxim has its parallel in our English proverb, “Least said is soonest mended.”