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The Books of Solomon

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In the story of the Bible, King Solomon was the wisest ruler that Israel ever had. There are three books in the Hebrew scriptures connected to him: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. They passed down the legacy of Solomon’s wisdom, but in a surprising way. So, let’s talk about how to read the books of Solomon. Okay. To really appreciate the story of Solomon’s wisdom we have to go back to the garden of Eden. Where God created humanity, male and female. Right, Adam and Eve! God commissions them to rule the world together in intimacy and love. Kings and queens of creation. In order to rule, you need to be wise. The humans have a choice about how to gain wisdom. Yeah. They could live by God’s wisdom which will lead to life. Or, they could become wise in their own eyes. That is what they choose: to take the knowledge of good and bad into their own hands. Immediately the intimacy between man and woman is broken. They hide their bodies from each other and then from God. Their choice leads to division and death. But the story holds out hope for a future human who will make the right choice and rely on God’s wisdom. Like King Solomon. He prayed that God would give him the knowledge to know good from bad so he could rule with true wisdom. Exactly! He reverses the failure of Adam and Eve and it leads to abundance. In Solomon’s day every Israelite sat in peace under their own fruit tree. Oh! It is like he is creating Eden. Well, for a while. But then, Solomon fails. He marries hundreds of women from other nations and he is deceived to follow their gods. This begins Israel’s long descent into self destruction. So, when we turn to the books of Solomon we are invited to learn wisdom from his successes and his failures. Got it! So let’s start with Proverbs. The book of Proverbs is most well known for the hundreds of short memorable sayings that teach us how live by God’s wisdom. Like, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not be wise in your eyes.” In Proverbs, living by God’s wisdom instead of your own is called “The Fear of the Lord”. Like in the book’s opening paragraph, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Now, Proverbs isn’t just memorable sayings. It actually begins with a lot of poetry. Yes. Nine chapters of speeches from Solomon to his royal sons. He tells them to pursue God’s wisdom which is symbolized as an elegant woman. Wisdom is a woman? Yes. Remember, in the Garden of Eden, the man and the woman’s intimacy was violated by their failed search for wisdom. But now in Proverbs, humans who reunite with God’s wisdom become what Adam and Eve failed to be: wise human rulers. Proverbs 3 even says that when we embrace lady wisdom, we are taking hold of the tree of life. Now we are the ones in the garden. Exactly. Proverbs is saying that every day, we all stand before the tree with our own choice to make. Solomon urges us, “Choose wisdom and life!” Got it. So, how does Ecclesiastes fit into Solomon’s story? Well, in this book it is like we are meeting Solomon near the end of his life. He offers some sober reflections. “Life is hevel.” That is the Hebrew word for “vapor” or “smoke” which is unpredictable and uncontrollable. He is constantly talking about life “under the sun.” That is, life outside of the garden. How it is confusing and difficult. Right. Even when we live by God’s wisdom, life can be full of disappointments. Leading up to the ultimate disappointment: your own death. That’s depressing. But at the end of the book, he says we should strive to live by wisdom and the fear of the Lord, just with more realistic expectations. Got it. Well, maybe the next book will cheer us up. The Song of Songs, a love poem between a man and a woman. It will make you blush. Yeah. On its basic level of meaning, this book is racy Hebrew love poetry. But remember, in Proverbs, humanity’s pursuit of wisdom was portrayed with the symbolism of a man pursuing a woman in a garden. But in this song, it is the woman who is searching and longing for her lover. Yes, it is a poetic image of lady wisdom pursuing us so that we can have life. In fact, the song ends with a poem about how this lady’s love is more powerful than death itself. So the song works on two levels. It is celebrating human’s desire for intimacy. And saying that that desire points to humanity’s ultimate purpose: to be united with God and his wisdom. So we can rule, united with each other. Exactly. This is why the song ends with the man and the woman united in love under a fruit tree. So, the story of Solomon and these three books invite us to see ourselves within the whole biblical story. Yes. They are about how God designed all of us to rule the world by his wisdom so that we can all find true life.

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49 thoughts on “The Books of Solomon”

  1. The Bible Project says:

    One of the more famous characters in the story of the Bible is a king named Solomon, known for his great wisdom. Three biblical books are associated with him: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. The last of these three is filled with semi-erotic Hebrew love poetry, which throws many Bible readers for a loop. What’s up with Solomon and these three books? In order to better understand them, we need to think through his story. At the beginning of his reign, Solomon asks God for wisdom to discern between good and bad so that his rule would faithfully mirror God’s kingdom (see 1 Kings ch. 3). As a result, he turned Jerusalem into a mini-Eden, with the temple hosting God’s presence and every Israelite experiencing garden-abundance (1 Kings 4:25 and chs. 6-8). This positive portrait of Solomon culminates in the visit of the great Queen of Sheba, who praises the God of Israel after seeing Solomon’s wisdom for herself. Yet Solomon eventually forfeits God’s many gifts by turning toward the gods of money, sex, and political power, which leads to his downfall (1 Kings chs. 10-11). If you look carefully, you’ll see Solomon’s story is filled with hyperlinks back to the story of Adam and Even in the garden of Eden. God also invests this couple with royal authority, which they forfeit in their quest for self-attained wisdom. The tree of knowing good and bad represents the choice before every human, including Solomon: How will I learn wisdom—by trusting and receiving it from God, or by taking it into my own hands to define as I desire? King Solomon’s rise and fall is a study in the human condition, and so are each of the wisdom books associated with his name. In Proverbs, we hear Solomon address the next generation, urging them to choose God’s wisdom that leads to life. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon becomes the mouthpiece of the entire line of David that ended up in Babylonian exile. The attempt to live by God’s wisdom is a good thing, but one should have realistic expectations, because life “under the sun” (that is, outside of Eden) is full of trouble and difficulty. In the Song of Songs, we hear the voice of the ideal son of David and his lover, who resembles Lady Wisdom from the book of Proverbs. This book is a rich and multi-layered poem, recalling both the story of Solomon and of Eden. So then, Solomon’s story is humanity’s story, and the books of Solomon give us wisdom and guidance as we hope for the new Eden and ultimate Son of David to bring God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven.

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    That was very good indeed. Well done.

  9. LaLa Smith says:

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    When are you gonna post again?

  11. Jocelyn Brisebois says:

    Do not forget that the one we are waiting for is God and yes, he will have his Christ with him and you will only worship God, in spirit and in truth, because God is Spirit, he is not a man and he is Surround with many kinds of creatures in addition to the angels, who are unknown to us, as having more than two eyes, and I witnessed the manifestation of the invisible world that assaulted my sister 45 years ago in front of my family and we did not see anyone around her. Enoch CP: 15. The Nephilim. Do not touch the Ouija and do not enter the houses where necromancy is practiced as the Ouija, because my mother played alone and very quickly with the Ouija believing she was addressing one of her sister died young, but God tells us in the Bible that it is not our dead who are in this invisible world because our deaths will be resurrect at the end and as we have no idea of ​​time it will seem to us all to Be revealed immediately after our death as when we sleep, 8 hours have passed and it is time to get up in what seems to us, the time of a wink. Life is only a passing exam, parents it's your responsibility to make sure that your children don't stain their robe and don't follow Idoles now known as Hollywood performer and Band until they understand is importance and they can take care of them to not stain their robe there is only one idole and it's God. note that all the main religions all having the same God, agree to say that we are in the times of the end. cordially and Enoch CH: 45-46 God and the Son of Man are two distinct entities seen side by side by Enoch. So there are not three in one. so be sure you will not worship the wrong one, for this will be your last sin, you will be led into the lake of fire by an angel.

  12. Skorpinok Rover says:

    WHAT SOUNDTRACK YOU USED ?

  13. Eden Manyika says:

    Wow this is such good work you guys are doing I love the way you explain the Bible I just hope you’re able to do more

  14. Ildefonsus Izquierdo says:

    Solomon, was the wisest men on earth, bible says, not just Israel.

  15. Christian Torres says:

    You guys are absolutely amazing. Thank you

  16. Brotha Prodigal says:

    So how come this channel's been quiet lately ???

  17. Micah Chambers says:

    Great points, God Bless!

  18. Juan Jose Pineda says:

    Does the Bible project won’t do scholarly research instead of a literal translation. I always find it so hard to take this a faith value.

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    The videos are becoming repetitive

  21. Brendha Caldas says:

    You guys realize the whispers at 4:30? Thank you Bible Project to take care of such little details, that makes the whole video way more beautiful!

  22. Teo I. Hidalgo says:

    Living with a realistic point of view.

  23. Julian Smith says:

    The background music is awesome

  24. Andy Kubik says:

    I love that they are not lie about the bible and thay have difrent colourd people it's a good thing

  25. Tomi Antwanette says:

    I love how they are black ❤️

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    So is there a way to donate or acknowledge your teachings? Because I only now see that you dont monetize your videos. May God bless you abundantly for giving away your time to get others closer to God so generously!

  27. Erin James says:

    No wonder Solomon is so important to those who worship the kingdom of darkness. Solomon chose to leave The Most High's Way. The enemy won him over. So he is celebrated. Very interesting!!

  28. Busisiwe Nako says:

    I love these series. Great for study

  29. buasudah says:

    So Eve was an overweight black woman. That explains a lot.

  30. 3MM4 P33L says:

    finally! someone who tackles The Song of Songs. thank you.

  31. Carmel Capricorn says:

    I am open 2 get the word from God whether it from a 📖 or the internet or whatever source it may be 💻 ✝ . ⛪

  32. Cody Mitchell says:

    You deserve more subscribers god bless yous all

  33. uncle lover 1978 says:

    Wizard

  34. Jack Smith says:

    You all are so focused on skin color that you've more than likely missed the message of the video.

    Focus on God, not who's what race. Race doesn't matter to God, it shouldn't matter to His people.

  35. Ade doyin says:

    They could be led by Gods wisdom which could lead to life or they can become wise in thier own eyes and Thats what adam and eve choose to take knowledge in thier own hands .

  36. Damien Lamy says:

    the fear of god is not fear to be afraid but the respect and trust in his wisdom that is what it means to me

  37. Sarity Rijssen says:

    Why dont you put the truth in it. He was black. Stkstk .but i see the truth is hard to swalloe

  38. bobi7 tanevski says:

    Wake up Church !!! Wake up Israel !!! We are so close : LORD JESUS IS COMING 🙏 ❤️ No more time : We are Last generation ! Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri : When there are elections but no government is selected , the Messiah is right around the corner !!! This is happening now in Israel 🌍 LORD JESUS IS COMING ❤️

  39. Good.Energii says:

    Thank you so much for displaying the first man and woman as people of color. VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

  40. Julie Anne says:

    Great summary and highly educational. thank you so much

  41. Dayne Haworth says:

    As a white person who lives and ministers in South Africa which is predominantly black. It is so amazing to see the Bible project use people of different ethnicity in this video.

    And a fascinating connection between all 3 books and the garden of Eden. 🤯

    Such an amazing summary of the 3 books of Solomon and how wisdom is to be gained from these books.

    So amazing to see an interracial couple in here and to know that God has blessed me with the ability to sit under the tree of life for all my days, with the most amazing Kenyan Queen, whom I am engaged to ❤

    Love your work so much. What a blessing to the body of Christ.

    So thankful we are decolonising the bible. Jesus was not a Swedish looking man, he was a middle eastern Jew with olive skin, dark curly hair similar to what most Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian people would look like. A mix of that.

    And both Solomon and Moses had African wives. Amen hallelujah

  42. Yuli says:

    The background sound was also amazing. 🖤

  43. Schmuck Puppet says:

    I wish I had had more Bible schooling in my youth. I can only vaguely remember from my early childhood how somebody told me the story of Solomon and how he chose wisdom over wealth and power and was rewarded with all three. But they never told me about the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. What a pity! This is essential knowledge for any kid growing up.

  44. Keerthi Jesus says:

    So the wisdom of God that unites us all back to union with life in Love (=GOD: John NT) is the name of "JESUS" Christ

  45. isaac Martin says:

    Yo these are awesome!

  46. Queen Tricia says:

    Simply beautiful … ✝️

  47. Collin Bolles says:

    What’s funny is that when God appeared to Solomon in the dream he was only around 13 years old.
    When we become like little Children we can inherit the kingdom well.

  48. j p says:

    Can yall make a movie

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