Sunday, April 10, 2011


King Solomon was a historical figure in Israel. The Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon has been memorialized in Hollywood movies and on Saturday Night Live.

You may not know that Solomon wrote proverbs, many of which warned about licentious women. “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” (Proverbs 11:22)

Solomon had too many wives when he wrote “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” (Proverbs 12:4)

And then there’s my favorite, “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.” (Proverbs 21:9)

My interpretation of this proverb warns it is better to eat crumbs in the attic than to feast on sirloin at Ruth Christ’s with a man in a nasty mood. (I obviously have editorialized. Since we have neither an attic nor do we dine at RC’s, it isn’t personal.)

Proverbs usually paint either/or pictures. They set up antithetical subjects.

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