Solomon shows his wisdom by drawing ideas to their natural conclusion and then discerning where they came from. In modern times, surely forensics and a complex legal battle would have been employed. Here, Solomon cuts to the quick (pun intended) and quickly divines the truth. The wisdom on display is not merely intellectual knowledge. This was not necessary to find the truth. Solomon believed that he could use the metric of a mother’s love to guide his decision. It was a wise choice because it had no negative outcome. Even if the women who protested the death of the baby was the thief of the child, it still would’ve been better for the baby to be with her, based on the response of the women who didn’t protest. This wisdom looked for the best outcome of the child as it’s highest indicator of the right choice. When we judge hard cases, we can take Solomon’s example and apply it. Judge the best outcome for all and the motivations for behavior. This will generally lead to justice.
1 KINGS 3:23-28
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