Solomon also called Jedidiah, was, according to the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of Israel who succeeded his father, King David.
Solomon is also the subject of many other later references and legends, some claiming that he was a sorcerer with magical powers having a magic ring and key.
Reading through Wikipedia you begin to wonder if he ever really existed or was just fabricated to make an interesting story. Anyway, the Legend Solomon had some hard-hitting wisdom which are undeniably useful for living a good life.
For whatever reason, several religions found it necessary to convey their age long wisdoms through the personality of a man called Solomon.
Looking at only the Bible for instance, we find Solomon beginning the outpouring of his wisdom by stating
The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge
This particular insisting in the fear of Jehova could be seen bearing much weight in the large spectrum of his words state throughout his books
All of king Solomon’s teachings has a subtle way of reminding the reader that the way a person thinks is more important than what is being thought of. This is seen as he almost completely breaks down emotionally in the Ecclesiastes, saying that everything is the same and everyone experiences the same thing generation after generation with the only difference being what is being chased after.
It is after admitting the meaninglessness of life that he comes to the conclusion that there is nothing better than for a person to enjoy the rewards of his labour which he had toiled justly for.
A way of thinking which adds both joy and peace to the short existence of man – meditating on our common mortality
Note that he always insisted that the works of a man should be just and right because he follows the formula of fearing Jehovah whom he declares would judge all the works of men at the end
Below are all the salient points I could gather about his teachings from the books; Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and songs of Solomon.
- Always work hard and you will never lack
- Avoid cheating with anyone or on your partner, this might be a matter of life and death, plus you risk your reputation by indulging in such acts
- Avoid prostitutes, they have both financial, health, and social consequences that outweigh the pleasure
- Be wary of excessive drinking
- Be watchful of the things you say, always.
- Avoid debt as much as possible
- Be careful who you pledge for, especially when you don’t know them too well, because the ransom would be demanded of you if they fails to comply, and you must pay.
- Start and manage your own business
- Be generous.
- Avoid getting wealth by any evil means. Which includes any means that hurts your fellow humans.
- Don’t deceive people, they would find out, and your reputation would suffer.
- Remember to take care of your emotional needs
- Love your family and keep them close
- Always keep learning, wisdom is never fully attained, the chase is actually wisdom on its own.
- Be mindful of the people you associate with.
- Seek advice and then plan
- Money would provide all your needs, but sometimes you need more than money, you need wisdom and a good reputation too
- Manage your anger
- Don’t ignore the flaws of people you love. Point it out to them and punish when necessary
- Admit when you are wrong
- Avoid challenging authorities or even complaining about them
- Forget about revenge
- Don’t squander money
- Trust Jehovah
- Always be just in your doings
- Eat and drink, enjoy the rewards of your handwork and rejoice
- Luck is real
- Listen to warnings as well as advice (statistics and books are a good source of those these days)
- Be careful when making pledges to both Men and God
- Remember you can never be satisfied
- Guard your reputation
- Don’t take everything to heart.
- Don’t be extremely righteous or wicked
- The time is never right, just do it
- Fear God and keep his commandments
- Don’t be afraid to show your feelings and affection
- Adorn yourself with good cloths and wear nice perfumes
- Don’t forget the jewelleries, look good dear
- Flatter the ones you love
- When it doesn’t concern you don’t get overly invested in other people’s problems