What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
King Solomon’s Class Earring Proverb
Why do people wear earrings?
Wearing earrings in history had varied meanings. In King Solomon’s time women wore earrings as ornaments to imply class. A proverb is a pithy remark made to instill a meaningful point of instruction.
I surmised in a novel excerpt what King Solomon, based on his proverbs, may have thought about the Queen of Sheba. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
This King Solomon proverb is a masterful example of a pithy remark to compare the true inner class of a woman rather than by a display of outward ornaments.
As I listened to the cheering and looked at Bilqis, I thought to myself, she illuminates the gold she displays with her graciousness and taste. She derives attention not only from her
attractiveness, or from her gold earrings that she wears, but also more significantly from the personal qualities within her. This is a beautiful woman with good taste and intellectual discrimination. Anyone can wear gold earrings, yet gold alone will not bring a woman respect and influence. A gold ring on a pig’s snout, a beautiful woman with no taste. (Proverb 11:22)
Source: Chapter One
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka