1 Kings 3:24-25, Cut the baby in two!

Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”

//Everyone knows this famous story displaying the wisdom of King Solomon. As it happened, two women bore babies within days of each other. The two are sleeping alone in their home at night, when one rolled over on her newborn son, killing him. So, she got up and swapped sons.

In the morning, the second woman realizes what happened, and takes the issue to the king. Solomon says cut the baby in half, and naturally the true mother objects, offering to give the baby to the other in order to save its life. In this way, Solomon learns the true mother of the living child, and awards it to her.

Ever wonder how this became a legal matter in the first place? Where were the fathers? Why are two women living alone in the same home?

Turns out the two were prostitutes. But that only brings up another sticky question. How is it that two prostitutes easily gain presence in the king’s court? Weren’t seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines enough for Solomon?

Sometimes the story behind the story is even more bizarre.

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