King Solomon was a king With Wealth and Wisdom. He asked God for wisdom and he was given wealth with wisdom. This enabled him to become the richest king amongst the ancient kings.
He was one of the richest men who ever lived. You can read a description of his enormous wealth in the 10th chapter of the Bible book of First Kings. Notice, for example, that verse 14 states:
“The weight of the gold that came to Solomon in one year amounted up to six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold.” That figure is equivalent to 25 tons of gold. Today, that much gold would be worth well over $200,000,000, U.S.!
Converting that amount today worth about R900 000 000.00 Which is close to Trillion. This means that in two years he was a trillionaire. We all know that the richest men we have today all worth a billion. Even richest men like Bill Gates he doesn't come to King Solomon. Bill Gates worth billions of Rand.
Yet, Solomon was not merely rich; he was blessed by God with wisdom. The Bible relates:
“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. And all the people of the earth were seeking the face of Solomon to hear his wisdom that God had put in his heart.” (1 Kings 10:23, 24) We too can benefit from Solomon’s wisdom, since his writings make up part of the Bible record. Let us see what he had to say about the relationship between wealth and happiness.
King Solomon was known for his wisdom throughout Israel and even in faraway places. People came to Solomon for help with their problems. Even the queen of Sheba came to test him with difficult questions. When she heard his replies, she said: ‘I did not believe what people had told me about you, but now I see that you are even wiser than they said. Your God, Jehovah, has blessed you.’ Life was good for the nation of Israel, and the people were happy.
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