King Solomon and the Man Who Sued the Wind
A red haired man named Isaac came before King Solomon with a curious complaint.
“I wish to sue the Wind,” he said.
“The Wind owes me a sack of flour.”
“Indeed?” said King Solomon. “Tell me about it.”
“Your Highness, I am a poor man,” said Isaac. “I live in a hut near the sea, and take whatever odd jobs come my way. When I scrape together enough cash, I go into town and buy a sack of flour. Along with vegetables from my garden, the flour provides me with sustenance.
Several days ago I was returning home with my sack of flour, when I came upon a beggar who had not eaten for days. I looked at this poor soul and
said to myself: ‘I have more than I require, and the Lord has commanded us to be charitable.’ So I gave him some of my flour.
Continuing along the road, I met a fellow who was wandering in a daze. He had been beaten and robbed by thieves, and had not eaten in a long while. I said to myself: ‘I have more than I need, and the Lord bids us to be charitable.’ So I gave him, too, a portion of my flour and walked onward.
As I approached my hut, the Wind suddenly arose. Struggling against violent gusts, I had nearly reached my door —when the Wind snatched my sack of flour and flew off with it! I watched with dismay as the sack disappeared over the sea.
Was that not reprehensible, Sire? To leave me with not a whit of flour for myself? I was unjustly and gratuitously deprived of my flour. And I am suing the Wind to get it back!”
“Let’s hear what the Wind has to say,” said the King.
“Hold onto your hats, folks.” And waving his ring in the he summoned the four Winds.
One by one they came gusting through the windows.
papers flew into the air,
as the Winds swirled about the hall.
With a stern look, Solomon addressed them.
“This man has brought an accusation against you. Several days ago, he says, the Wind took his sack of flour. Did any of you do such a thing?”
“Not I,” said the East Wind.
“Nor I,” said the West Wind.
“Nor I,” said the South Wind.
There was a pause. Then the North Wind spoke.
“All right, it was me,” said the North Wind. “I am guilty —with an explanation.”
“Let’s hear it.”
“On the day in question, and in the course of my
duties as a force of nature, I caused a storm at sea. As I blustered about, I noticed that a ship, battered by the storm, had sprung a leak and was sinking.I had intended no such destruction—just a sudden gale and a bit of a scare.
So I determined to plug the leak if I could.
Blowing into shore, I spotted a sack of flour—which happened to be on this gentleman’s back. It was the only suitable object in sight. So I grabbed it, rushed back, and plugged the leak with it—thus saving the ship. Along with the passengers
and crew, I might add.”
“A conscientious and commendable act,” said King Solomon. “Nonetheless, you deprived this man of his property.”
Just then three merchants entered the hall. One was carrying a bag marked “Gold.” They approached the throne and bowed.
“Pardon the interruption, Your Highness,” said the merchant with the bag. “But in fulfillment of a vow, we have come to make a donation to the Temple.
During a recent storm, our ship sprang a leak and started to sink. The three of us fell to our knees and prayed. If the ship was saved, we vowed, we would make a sizable donation to the Temple.
No sooner had that vow been uttered than a sack shot out of the sky—and stopped up the leak! Plugged up the hole in our ship! It was a miracle!
Upon reaching shore, we came straight here with this bag of gold coins for the Temple.”
“Proceed to the Temple and render thanks unto the
Lord,” said King Solomon, “for His aid in your moment of need. As for the gold, you may leave it here.”
Depositing the bag on the dais, the merchants bowed
“‘How perfect is Thy Providence!’” said King Solomon in delight.
Then to Isaac he said: “The Wind owes you a sack of flour. Take this gold instead. Consider it a reward for those acts of charity.”
Isaac shook his head. “I performed those acts as my charitable duty. I expected no reward and shall take none. I just want my flour.”
“A worthy attitude. How about this then? In presenting your case today, you have acted as your own attorney. You are entitled, therefore, to an attorney’s fee. Would this bagful of gold cover your fee?”
Isaac opened the bag and peered in.
“Yes, your highness, it will do” He said with a huge smile, and hoisting the bag onto his shoulder, he departed the hall.
The story is a folk tale and I found it on this website: http://www.professorsolomon.com/talesofkingsolomon.html
The wisdom and riches of King Solomon have been revered for over 3000 years. I have been curious to read more about him. What I love about this story is how simple kindness pays off in unexpected ways.
Also, the king was kind to listen to the man’s request and actually bother to summon the Winds, (instead of ignoring his strange request). This shows humility which is rare in today’s world leaders.
Solomon was only one of King David’s sons, and only he rose to power. King David had 19 sons.
We have so much to learn from King Solomon. His kindness, humility, and yes – riches. It is estimated that King’s solomon’s riches would have surpassed 2 TRILLION $$ in today’s currency!
While I am pretty sure that you will not get to 2 trillion dollars in your lifetime (not even Bill Gates has that), perhaps some inspiration and motivation will help 🙂
Check out this short video that talks more about King Solomon: