King Solomon was famous both for his great wisdom as well as for writing many proverbs and songs (1 Kings 4:29-34). The book of Proverbs is a collection of such practical wisdom. Many were written by Solomon, while others are credited to other intellectual figures from the ancient world (Proverbs 10:1; 22:17; 24:23; 25:1; 30:1; 31:1).
Most of the proverbs are short pieces of advice on living a good life, covering subjects as varied as hard work, giving to charity, friendship and raising children. Given that they were written and edited by politicians, the proverbs also focus on aspects of good government.
This Gothic Revival window dates to the late 1890s and is by Lavers & Westlake. It’s found in a side chapel behind the chancel of Sacred Heart, Wimbledon. The text on the scroll, Solomon Rex, is Latin for ‘King Solomon’. Solomon holds a sceptre and wears a crown, both symbols of his kingship.
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Sacred Heart, Wimbledon
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On a similar theme
- From the Old Testament: Solomon prayed to God for the wisdom to be a successful king.
- From the New Testament: While Solomon uttered proverbs, Christ told parables, such as The Parable of the Prodigal Son.