Bill Gates is worth $56 billion. Warren Buffet commands $52 billion. Yet, if accounts of the ancient King Solomon are accurate, his riches would have dwarfed the wealth of today’s richest men, topping the modern-day equivalent of $1 trillion, or $1,000 billion! In The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, author Steven K. Scott looks into the writings King Solomon to find lessons from history’s wealthiest man. Scott’s observations form the basis for this lesson of Leadership Wired.
King Solomon ascended to the throne of Israel around 974 B.C. when he was only twelve years old. According to the Old Testament, God appeared to Solomon and offered to grant him one desire. Solomon, concerned about his inexperience and ability to rule, asked for wisdom so that he could judiciously lead the people of Israel. God was so impressed with Solomon’s selfless request that He decided to bless him, not only with wisdom, but also with wealth. God promised to bestow upon Solomon greater riches and honor than any king before him or any king that would come after him.
What was promised was delivered. Solomon’s wisdom, success, and wealth increased beyond imagination. His gold reserves, holdings of land and livestock, and royal palace were immense. Rulers of nations throughout the world sought his sage advice. During his life, Solomon penned the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Surviving from generation to generation, his writings have influenced the world for thousands of years.
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