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Proper 15

1 Kings 2.10-12; 3.3-14
Ephesians 5.15-20
John 6.51-58

A glance at the bits of 1 Kings 1—3 which are not read in this sequence will explain why Solomon so desperately needed wisdom. His father’s victories, though remarkable, could not be relied on for long-term security. His own family, whose struggles over the succession had soured his rise to power, could certainly be relied on for long-term squabbles. The coalition of Israelite tribes, held together around the non- tribal capital of Jerusalem, was under strain even in David’s day. If ever a young leader needed wisdom, it was Solomon...

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays Year B by N T Wright

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