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Was Shlomo really wise


On Makkos 23b, Rabbi Elazar quoting Melachim 1 3:27says that in three places, the Divine spirit made an appearance. Bereishis 38:26, Shmuel 1 12:3-5 and here. It was a divine voice that said “she is his mother”. The Gemoro cannot prove this, but maintains it is known by tradition.
What was so special about Shlomo’s wisdom? Why was everyone so impressed in v.28?


Before addressing your question please see the next chapter, Melachim1 chapter 5- verses 9 thru14, where it describes some of the extent of Shlomo’s knowledge. Shlomo proved his knowledge a thousand times over, and it was evident in everything that he did and the books that he wrote. This story that is being told was only the opening realization that the people had to his wisdom. However Regarding your question, the Maharsha on the page asks your question, and he explains the gemora, that Shlomo said what he said and he ruled what he ruled. However the gemora asks, maybe the proof that Shlomo had was also staged and really the other woman was the real mother? To this the gemora answers that, everyone saw Shlomo’s wisdom, because the divine voice agreed to him, not that it said it instead of him, but it agreed with what he said.

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  1. Melachim I 5:10-14
    (Translation from Judaica Press via
    “And Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the children of the east, and all the wisdom of Egypt. And he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the nations round about. And he spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were a thousand and five. And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that (is) in Lebanon and to the hyssop that springs out of the wall, and he spoke of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of the creeping things, and of the fishes. And they came of all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, who had heard his wisdom.”

    Yes, King Solomon was indeed very wise.

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