Divrei Hayamim II – One: Wisdom

The second book of Chronicles starts right where the first one left off, with the ascension of King Solomon to the throne. Solomon, of course, will leave the legacy of building the Temple in Jerusalem. He’s loved by God and is very close to Him, so God ultimately offers to grant him a wish – in a nutshell. Solomon makes an unusual request. “Now, give me wisdom and knowledge, and I shall go forth before this people and come in, for who will be able to judge this great people of Yours (Chronicles II 1:10)?” God is impressed with Solomon for requesting wisdom rather than glory or wealth, and ultimately opts to gift him with all of the above. I guess this goes to show that not being greedy ultimately pays off, and that wisdom can both trump and lead to material and physical wealth.

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