"Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”
         —Proverbs 15:16 (Cf. ver. 6; 16:16).

          This is one of the passages in Proverbs that shows the immense wisdom of Solomon in a way that is particularly contrary to the way of men in our day, and perhaps from all days.  Solomon was a tremendously wealth man, as many “kings” have been, but Solomon was rich beyond virtually all of them.  We might also note that it is likely that Solomon knew what he says in this verse in an experiential and practical sense as well as in a theoretical way.  Just to comment, quite a number of the verses contained in Proverbs are what Solomon was taught by God via his walk and interaction with God over the years of his life.  This is not to say that all that Solomon has to say is just empty pontificating.  That is by no means so.  What I mean here is that there may have never been a time when Solomon had “little”.  It appears, from the testimony of the Bible that Solomon grew into the great wealth of his later days as he built the Temple. 

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