Friday, December 2, 2016

Halimah Yacob on empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) for jobless: 'I cannot forget the recession'

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/halimah-yacob-empathy-jobless-i-cannot-forget-recession
By Foo Jie Ying, fjieying@sph.com.sg, Reporter, The New Paper, 01 December 2016, 06:00 am


Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on her empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) for the jobless
PHOTO: Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob on her empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) for the jobless
It is daunting to move to an entirely different sector, but this is the new normal.
TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG - Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob
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That was Madam Halimah Yacob's wake-up call to those who have lost their jobs amid the economic uncertainties.

"I know it's really very challenging, if you've been an engineer for years, to try to move to another sector.

"But you will have to do that. Because this sector is producing fewer jobs, and manufacturing has become more automated," said the 62-year-old Speaker of Parliament.

In a wide-ranging interview, the unionist-turned-politician, spoke to The New Paper on Tuesday about jobs and the economy, and her thoughts about the changes to the elected presidency.

The number of layoffs this year is expected to top last year's, when 13,440 workers lost their jobs, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say told Parliament last month.

The reasons have been well-documented - disruptions in several industries and jobs evolving faster than workers can be retrained for them.

Against this backdrop, concern over job security is starting to creep in among her constituents at Marsiling-Yew Tee, Madam Halimah said.

"I've seen cases of people losing their jobs, retrenchments... This is something we really need to monitor.

"Most, I find, are able to manage on their own in terms of getting an alternative job.

"What they do need is temporary support when they have no income to tide them over," she said.

In her 33 years in the labour movement, Madam Halimah has seen many cycles of retrenchment.



Some 140 third-year students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic were given insights into the personal and professional life of Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob at a sharing and dialogue session, on Monday, 25 November 2013
PHOTO: Some 140 third-year students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic were given insights into the personal and professional life of Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob at a sharing and dialogue session, on Monday, 25 November 2013
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CRISIS
She said: "I cannot forget those years, especially the crisis we had in 2008 and 2009.

"I really understand where they are coming from. I really empathise with them.

"They are not just a digit because retrenchments, loss of jobs, affect them personally, very poignantly (causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness)."

The silver lining in the gloomy economic outlook is that there are jobs available, and Singapore has proactive labour market policies to help those who are retrenched.

They include job-matching through Workforce Singapore, looking for jobs through the revised Jobs Bank, and reskilling under the SkillsFuture initiative.

Madam Halimah said: "This form of technological disruption has been going on for a while, except the pace will hasten and it will continue."



Referring to the next presidential election (PE), which is expected to be held by next August, Madam Halimah Yacob, 62, simply laughed when the topic was brought up because it is still a long way off.
PHOTO: Referring to the next presidential election (PE), which is expected to be held by next August, Madam Halimah Yacob, 62, simply laughed when the topic was brought up because it is still a long way off. When asked if she has considered running in the PE, she said cautiously: "At this moment, I would not want to comment... To me, it doesn't matter what capacity you serve in. The most important thing is that you're serving from your heart, and that you're also serving the people and Singapore."
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Could one of them be our next President? First female president? No comment for now
She has been touted as someone who could make history by becoming Singapore's first female president. But Madam Halimah Yacob, 62, simply laughed when the topic was brought up.

"I think it is still a long way off," she said, referring to the next presidential election (PE), which is expected to be held by next August. She is now focused on her two roles: Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee.

The next PE will be reserved for Malay candidates - a mechanism triggered when a candidate of a certain race has not been a president for five consecutive terms. This has been criticised by some as tokenism. But Madam Halimah disagreed.

"When you say it is tokenism, it means that it is symbolic, it is perfunctory. The point is, all candidates, regardless of an open or reserved election, will have to qualify."

In a time when multi-racialism is being tested around the world, she urged sceptics to look at the changes in the context of preserving multi-racialism, one of Singapore's strengths.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the Government has no specific candidate in mind. He told Malaysian news agency Bernama on Monday: "There is no shortlist. It depends who comes forward. It is not for the Government to arrange. It is for the candidates to come forward."

Madam Halimah ticks all the boxes of the eligibility criteria for public sector candidates.

Political pundits see her as the front runner partly due to her popularity on the ground.

She became the first Malay female MP in 2001, then minister of state in 2011. Two years later, she became the first female Speaker. As a veteran unionist, volunteer and politician, she won over many with her dedication to single mothers, low-income families, the elderly and the disabled.

But when asked if she has considered running in the PE, she said cautiously: "At this moment, I would not want to comment... To me, it doesn't matter what capacity you serve in.
"The most important thing is that you're serving from your heart, and that you're also serving the people and Singapore."



In a wide-ranging interview with the Speaker, she shared snippets from her school days, and memories of her mother.
PHOTO: In a wide-ranging interview with the Speaker, she shared snippets from her school days, and memories of her mother.
TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG - Speaker of Parliament Madam Halimah Yacob
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Halimah Yacob on her mum
TRADE-OFFS
She has missed many family moments because of her job.

Before she knew it, her five children - aged 25 to 34 - were grown up.

On Polling Day last year, her mother died while she was doing her rounds.

"I wanted to go see her after I had made my rounds, but I couldn't even complete the rounds and she left. I was fortunate that the day before was Cooling Day, so I got to spend the whole day with her...

"There were times when I felt like I should have spent a lot more time with her, especially when she had dementia," said Madam Halimah, quietly.

Time is a big trade-off that a politician has to be prepared for.

"Those moments are things you can never recover, but you accept that it's part and parcel of your responsibility," she said.



Mdm Halimah Yacob
PHOTO: Mdm Halimah Yacob
MP, Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, People's Action Party
On Polling Day last year, her mother died while she was doing her rounds. "I wanted to go see her after I had made my rounds, but I couldn't even complete the rounds and she left. I was fortunate that the day before was Cooling Day, so I got to spend the whole day with her... There were times when I felt like I should have spent a lot more time with her, especially when she had dementia," said Madam Halimah, quietly.
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LESSONS FROM MUM
It has been slightly over a year since her mother's death, but memories still bring tears to her eyes, Madam Halimah said.

"Especially when you're in quiet moments, when you confront the reality. She lived with me for so many years. I remember her sitting on a particular sofa. She would be watching TV... Then there are moments like Hari Raya, and you know she's not there.

"You cannot forget someone who's had a tremendous influence on you, but I think life has to go on."

The most enduring advice Madam Halimah got from her mother was never to borrow, and to live within your own means.

When the Speaker moved into a flat with her husband, it took the couple eight months of scrimping and saving before they could afford their first sofa set.

Madam Halimah also lives by her mother's motto: if you don't get up before the sun rises, then you're lazy.

It is partly why the 62-year-old starts her day at 5am every day.

"I think I've grown up never sleeping very late into the day. I can never sleep when the sun is already out and when it's bright and shining into your face," she said.

STUDENT DAYS
As a student, Madam Halimah Yacob was guilty of falling asleep in class, and not completing her homework.

Shuttling between school and her mother's food stall to help out took a toll on her, and she struggled to stay awake in class.

"I was sitting at the back so I could look out of the window, daydream, and sleep," she said with a chuckle.

It took a teacher who told her she could do much better in class to wake her up.

"I supposed I bucked up then, but I think I also felt I owed my mother something.

"She worked so hard, the last thing she wanted to see is another failure. She deserved better," said Madam Halimah.

INTERRUPTING MPs
If there is a line Madam Halimah says frequently in her role as Speaker of Parliament, it has to be: "Please keep your follow-up questions crisp and short."

"I have to do it," she said with a laugh before explaining that she had make sure the 1½-hour question time is used efficiently.

"If I can't even clear 15 parliamentary questions (PQ)... Not that I must clear 15, but the point is, I'm denying other MPs whose questions come later of a chance for their questions to be asked if we are bogged down by just a few PQs.



Madam Halimah Yacob was elected Speaker of Parliament on 14 January 2013) by MPs.
PHOTO: Madam Halimah Yacob was elected Speaker of Parliament on 14 January 2013) by MPs.
Moulmein-Kallang GRC MP Denise Phua nominated her, while Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Chris de Souza seconded the nomination.
After Madam Halimah then took her place in the Speakers' chair, Leader of the House Ng Eng Hen rose to speak, beginning with "Madam Speaker" - a phrase, he noted, that was being uttered for the first time in the House.
He praised her as an "active and ardent backbencher" who spoke up for low-wage workers, women and children and said that the former Minister of State for Social and Family Development would be missed in Government.
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"It's a sad thing (if) those members do not get a chance to ask their questions."

To this end, she watches the timer like a hawk and interrupts once the MP's time to speak is up.

"By and large, I must say members have been extremely cooperative and supportive, so we can get a lot of business done on sitting days. I'm really grateful for that," she said.

By Foo Jie Ying, fjieying@sph.com.sg, Reporter, The New Paper, 01 December 2016, 06:00 am


The Inspirational, the Relatable, the Quotable and the Cheem ones in Parliament
The Inspirational, the Relatable, the Quotable and the Cheem ones in Parliament
PHOTO: The Inspirational, the Relatable, the Quotable and the Cheem ones in Parliament
Madam Speaker, Halimah Yacob, had seen all of them in parliament.

". . . Let me first recount a performance that my company Drama Box staged in 2001. That was the year when there was the financial crisis caused by the default of subprime mortgage.
The performance, in the form of Forum Theatre, was about a husband who was retrenched and was taking out his frustration on his wife. Forum Theatre is a form of theatre where the protagonist is facing a problem within a scene. After the scene is performed, the audience is invited to replace the protagonist to try out different ways of dealing with the problem. In this particular story, both the husband and the wife could not find ways to handle the crisis and affect change.
In one performance, many people replaced the role of the wife, speaking to the husband about the need to accept the change, look out for government schemes, advising him, encouraging him. The husband understood all these, but he was still not placated. He was still frustrated.
Then a woman came up. She sat the husband down. Held his hand. The audience and myself were waiting for her to speak. But she did not. She just kept quiet.
Finally the husband asked her why did she not speak. She replied with a question: “Are you okay?” I could hear the husband letting out a sigh of relief.
When I, the facilitator, asked her why she did what she did, she said: 在这样一种情况,人需要一点点的时间,一点点的空间。In such difficult situation, people need some time and some space.
I share this anecdote to highlight the importance of time and space during a crisis or in face of change.
Government schemes can help Singaporeans prepare for structural changes in our economy, and to move into new jobs and responsibilities.
However, schemes will only help Singaporeans IF we also look at how our body, hearts and spirits are affected in these moments of change or crises.
Small acts of repair. Calming the hands in a troubled world. Restoring damage to renewed use.
. . . . Sometimes we do not have an answer immediately, but asking the right question is a step closer. It just takes time. And instead of saying there is no time, let us make time for it. And instead of saying no space, let us make space for it. . . ."  - from budget speech for Parliament posted on facebook by Kok Heng Leun, on Wednesday, 6 April 2016, https://www.facebook.com/notes/kok-heng-leun/speech-for-parliament/10154026035762856
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PHOTO: The ‘small voices’ of the people with disabilities by Chia Yong Yong, President of the Society of the Physically Disabled since 2008, accomplished corporate lawyer, and a member of Our Singapore Conversation committee since 2013.
  • We hope for you to be patient when we are slow in entering the elevator. We don’t like to hold up others.
  • We hope for you to be accommodating when we make strange, loud noises. We can’t control our muscles.
  • We hope for you to give up your seats in the train. We feel bad for you not to have a seat, but our ankles are weak and we cannot stand for long.
  • Please understand if I refuse to communicate. Sometimes I’m afraid and confused from the many voices I hear in my own head.
  • Do not be offended if I do not respond to your greetings. I cannot hear you.
  • Give us a chance to train and upgrade our skills so that we can work. We cherish our hope for a brighter future.
  • Give us a chance to work, so that we can be less of a burden to our families.
  • Let my son have flexible working schedules so he can accompany me for my medical and therapy sessions. I do not want him to sacrifice his career development or lose his job because he’s looking after me.
  • Be kind to my parents when I throw tantrums. It is not because they did not teach me well. I simply cannot comprehend my external environment.
  • Please play with me. My legs are weak, but I still have a sense of adventure.
  • Thank you for accepting me.
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Reference

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Reflection - King Solomon and Abishag the Shunammite (Song of Songs)

Source Website: http://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-maps-timeline-chronology-song-of-solomon-song-canticles-abishag-shepherd-boy-love-triangle-960bc.htm
By Steve Rudd. Edited by Julia Page and Cindy Wilson - Overview to Song of Solomon


Abishag the Shunammite was the most beautiful young virgin selected to be King David's nurse on his death bed.
PHOTO: Abishag the Shunammite was the most beautiful young virgin selected to be King David's nurse on his death bed. (1 Kings 1:1-3). After David dies, his son, 29 year Solomon anointed as king began to reign. Meanwhile Abishag moves back home to Shunem and started working as a peasant farmer. She fell in love with a poor shepherd boy.

Solomon became the wisest, richest and most powerful man on earth 3 years later. He embarked on a huge project to built a temple for God. While traveling north to his vineyard at Baal-hamon he saw the beautiful Abishag working in the vineyard. King Solomon proposed and Abishag accepts Solomon's to return with him to becme his 141st wife.

Abishag was like a woman who was suddenly swept off her feet by a rich, handsome, sophisticated doctor and for a while, dumps her "average working class" boyfriend. Who won't?

Her adoration for King Solomon faded when her heart keeps thinking about the shepherd back home. She was faced with the dilemma  to choose between Solomon and the shepherd. Torned between two men for two different reasons. Will she marry for love or money?

She had mindlessly fell for Solomon's charms like all the other women around her but, in the end, she choosed to be the shepherd's queen of hearts rather than Solomon's queen of diamonds and married the poor shepherd boy from her home town of Shunem.

King Solomon fell from grace by marrying rich and famous foreign wives who turned his heart from God to idols. Given his many foreign pagan wives, Solomon eventually built temples to each of the four idol gods. The Holy Spirit had Solomon write Song of Songs as a form of redemptive self-rebuke. The clear repentance of Solomon seen in Ecclesiastes and the SONG OF SOLOMON that he wrote at the end of his life saved his soul from eternal destruction.

A man of faith is warned that although there is a perfect Shunammite out there just for him, there are 1000 beautiful women he must avoid for lack of inner beauty. These will turn his heart away from God to the destruction of his soul.
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The year is 971 BC and they search all of Israel for the most beautiful young virgin to be King David's nurse on his death bed. (1 Kings 1:1-3) Abishag, a Shunammite from the town of Shunem, 90 km north of Jerusalem, has been chosen. After David dies, his son, 29 year old King Solomon begins to reign. One year later, in 970 BC, Solomon's older brother Adonijah, asks Solomon through Bathsheba to have Abishag as his wife and Adonijah is executed for insurrection. Abishag moves back home to Shunem begins working as a peasant farmer and falls in love with a poor shepherd boy.


Now King David was old and advanced in years.
PHOTO: Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms, that my lord the king may be warm.” (1 Kings 1:1-2)
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Three years later, Solomon, the wisest, richest and most powerful man on earth, begins to build the temple in Jerusalem in the 4th year of his reign in 967 BC. (1 Kings 6:1) That same year (967 BC), Solomon travels north to view one of his royal vineyards at Baal-hamon and sees the beautiful Abishag working in the vineyard.

Although the shepherd had recently proposed to her, she accepts Solomon's to return with him to Jerusalem and consider becoming his 141st wife. Canticles (another name for Song of Songs) is the story of how Abishag (
1 Kings 1:1-3), the most beautiful girl in Israel, has snagged the biggest prize in Israel, King Solomon, but then must decide if she will marry him for money or a shepherd boy for love. Abishag is like a woman who is suddenly swept off her feet by a rich, handsome, sophisticated doctor and for a while, dumps her "average working class" boyfriend. What woman would not jump at the chance to snag such a man?


Abishag the Shunammite
PHOTO: Abishag the Shunammite
The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king David and attended to him, but the king had no sexual relations with her (1 Kings 1:3-4). The situation later on was different. She had to make the decision to be with King Solomon or the Shepherd Boy back at home. Money or love? Blame it on the fate with too much choices?
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At first, she swoons for Solomon and is stunned in her good fortune of marrying dreamy "Mr. Perfect" but is unsettled when her heart keeps thinking about the shepherd back home. Her dilemma of having to choose between Solomon and the shepherd is why she is "love sick", torn between two men for two different reasons. Will she marry for love or money?



King Solomon represents money, fame, power and security but not perfect love.

PHOTO: King Solomon represents money, fame, power and security but not perfect love. Long and lasting happiness may not be substained. A perfect "mare" for the "night". Nightmare. Because there were 999 other women hoping for the same worldly fortune.
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She is drawn to the 33 year old Solomon for money, fame, power and ego but she is drawn to the shepherd for love, inner happiness and joy. Her ego leaps with pride when others see her with Solomon but her heart leaps with love when she is alone with the shepherd. For a short time, she mindlessly falls for Solomon's charms like all the other women around her but, in the end, she chooses to be the shepherd's queen of hearts rather than Solomon's queen of diamonds and marries the poor shepherd boy from her home town of Shunem.



The poor shepherd boy represents love, inner happiness and joy.

PHOTO: The poor shepherd boy represents love, inner happiness and joy. Bread and butter may be an issue. But the Shepherd Boy would treat her like a queen and not a cup of wine. She would not have to share her lover with 999 other women.
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The Shunammite woman for a short time, she mindlessly falls for Solomon's charms

PHOTO: The Shunammite woman for a short time, she mindlessly falls for Solomon's charms like all the other women around her but, in the end, she chooses to be the shepherd's queen of hearts rather than Solomon's queen of diamonds and marries the poor shepherd boy from her home town of Shunem.
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"He was a naked peasant living naked in a field of wheat. She was the daughter of a nobleman and had a vagina growing out of her back. It was a love that couldn't be. It was a passion that couldn't be denied."
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To fulfill 2 Samuel 7:14-15, the Holy Spirit had Solomon write Song of Songs as a form of redemptive self-rebuke after falling from grace by marrying rich and famous foreign wives who turned his heart from God to idols. Given his many foreign pagan wives, Solomon eventually built temples to each of the four idol gods of the land: Ashtoreth of Sidon, Milcom and Molech of Ammon, Chemosh of Moab (1 Kings 11:1-13).



Solomon eventually built temples to each of the four idol gods of the land

PHOTO: Solomon eventually built temples to each of the four idol gods of the land: Ashtoreth of Sidon, Milcom and Molech of Ammon, Chemosh of Moab (1 Kings 11:1-13). These led to his fall in grace and God is angry.
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For all Solomon's high flying pagan foreign royalty wives which he married for political purposes, being spurned by a pure virtuous native YHWH worshipping woman (Abishag) "in whom is no guile (cunning)" must have been an instructive meditation in hindsight. Only at the end of Solomon's life when it was too late, does he realize that his 1000 aristocratic, elitist high society foreign wives, were worthless but the peasant girl who said "no" was better than them all since she was a YHWH worshipping Hebrew who had kept her virginity. It must have been painful and humiliating for Solomon to write this book where he gets dumped by a common peasant labourer.

Solomon learned by writing the SONG OF SOLOMON that although he was the wisest man on earth, the Shunammite was even wiser than he, because she dumped him for his empty ephemeral seductions and married for true eternal love between one man and one woman, something he never experienced. The clear repentance of Solomon seen in Ecclesiastes and the SONG OF SOLOMON that he wrote at the end of his life saved his soul from eternal destruction.


Song of Solomon (which features the Shunammite) is a book about 
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PHOTO: Song of Solomon (which features the Shunammite) is a book about earthly love and romance. It is also about the woman who rejected the glory of Solomon's Kingdom for her Shepherd Lover. Although the Shepherd Lover could be the same person as King Solomon, the Shunammite woman's love significantly is Solomon and not his status or possessions. Solomon cannot be compared to her in this aspect because of his weakness in love for other women, and luxuries like wine.
Solomon had blessing for his entire life because of his spiritual heritage. The blessing came from the grace of God, and Solomon had to do nothing to earn or keep it. Since he had it made and knew it, he proceeded to try to do all that his heart desired (Ecclesiastes 2:10). He acquired great wealth, built a great temple, had a great harem, and enjoyed all kind of entertainment. Wine, women, dancing, singing, and dining were all part of Solomon's daily lifestyle. He sought entertainment in great plays, musicals, and dancing. Yet, as his capacity for happiness dwindled through neglect of Bible Doctrine, he could not enjoy them. [2]
Painting by Robert Hale Ives Gammell - The Dream of the Shulamite (1934)
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While the act of writing the Song of Songs gave wisdom and instruction to foolish Solomon, those who read it learn from the wisdom of a peasant girl who chose to marry for the right reasons. The book is spoken in the voice of a woman to help other women in mate selection. The SONG OF SOLOMON is also a deeply romantic celebration of a woman's heart to help a good man discern if he is being objectified for some material benefit such as security, escape from unpleasant life situation, early retirement, money, fame and fortune, or genuinely loved. A man of faith is warned that although there is a perfect Shunammite out there just for him, there are 1000 beautiful women he must avoid for lack of inner beauty. These will turn his heart away from God to the destruction of his soul.



Song of Songs gave wisdom and instruction to chose to marry for the right reasons.

PHOTO: Song of Songs gave wisdom and instruction to chose to marry for the right reasons. It is also a deeply romantic celebration of a woman's heart to help a good man discern if he is being objectified for some material benefit such as security, escape from unpleasant life situation, early retirement, money, fame and fortune, or genuinely loved. A man of faith is warned that although there is a perfect Shunammite out there just for him, there are 1000 beautiful women he must avoid as they will turn his heart away from God to the destruction of his soul.
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When the Bible says, “House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:14) it does not mean that God picks out your wife and she is direct gift from God. "From the Lord" does not mean that God has one "prudent" wife he made as your perfect mate, set aside for you when the time is right. Rather it means that she is a woman of faith who obeys the laws revealed in the Bible. Every woman who is an obedient, faithful Christian is "prudent".



House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.

PHOTO: House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord”. Proverbs 19:14 instructs a man to limit his search for a God-fearing sister in the church who attend all church services of her own free will, is active when she needs to be and holds herself to the high moral standards of Jesus Christ. Every woman who is an obedient, faithful Christian is "prudent".
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The proverb does not mean God has chosen one prudent woman "just for you", rather it instructs a man to limit his search for a God-fearing sister in the church who attend all church services of her own free will, is active when she needs to be and holds herself to the high moral standards of Jesus Christ. God does not choose your wife, you do, but be warned, the only prudent wives are the ones who attend church every week.



The 'prudent wife' is a God-fearing sister in the church full of the Holy Spirit.

PHOTO: The "prudent wife" is a God-fearing sister in the church full of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23).
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The 'prudent wife' attend all church services of her own free will, is active timely and holds to the high moral standards of Jesus Christ.

PHOTO: The "prudent wife" attend all church services of her own free will, is active timely and holds to the high moral standards of Jesus Christ.
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The foolishness of marrying a non-Christian is seen in the book of Hosea: “the Lord said to Hosea,Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.”” (Hosea 1:2) Marrying a non-Christian is like marrying a harlot. This is exactly what Solomon did over 1000 times when he took non-Hebrew wives. Solomon's only "prudent wife" therefore, would have been Abishag but she wisely married a "prudent" shepherd boy instead and lived happily ever after.



Proverbs 19:14 instructs a man to limit his search for a God-fearing sister in the church.

PHOTO: Proverbs 19:14 instructs a man to limit his search for a God-fearing sister in the church. Solomon's only "prudent wife" would have been Abishag but she wisely married a "prudent" shepherd boy instead and lived happily ever after.
Painting by Jesús Helguera (1910-1971), Mexican Painter -  Romantic painting
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The difference she sees in the two men is stark, dramatic and about as opposite as they can be. Although the economic and social status differential is obvious, the way each man talks to Abishag is equally opposite. Without exception, Solomon always describes how much he loves her body parts as he methodically moves down her body. The shepherd on the other hand, describes romantic vacation destinations he wants to take her. The way each man wants to spend time with her is also very different. Solomon wants to spend time in the bedroom but the shepherd wants to spend time outside the bedroom. Solomon wanted to take her to bed but the shepherd wants to take her for a romantic walk.



The way each man talks to Abishag is different. Solomon always describes how much he loves her body parts as he methodically moves down her body.

PHOTO: The way each man talks to Abishag is different. Solomon always describes how much he loves her body parts as he methodically moves down her body. The shepherd on the other hand, describes romantic vacation destinations he wants to take her. Solomon wanted to take her to bed but the shepherd wants to take her for a romantic walk.
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Abishag was the most beautiful girl in all of Israel and like any such woman today, garnered a lot of attention from men. The Shunammite knew men loved her body, but as a woman, she also knew that was not enough to hold a marriage together. A man be great as a date, but not as a mate! All of Solomon's talk about her "hot body" reminded her that he already had 140 "hot bodies" in the harem room that he had grown tired of and did not satisfy him. Solomon wanted to do something to her but the shepherd wants to do something with her.



Abishag was the most beautiful girl in all of Israel and like any such woman today, garnered a lot of attention from men.

PHOTO: Abishag was the most beautiful girl in all of Israel and like any such woman today, garnered a lot of attention from men. The Shunammite knew men loved her body which they can grow tired of and cannot satisfied  them forever. She felt that Solomon just wanted to do something to her because of her "hot body". But the shepherd wants to do something together with her, and that is the important difference.
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She noticed the shepherd wanted to do those silly things in the country with her. Silly things like looking at flowers in a field or going for a mountain hike or scorpion hunting. It didn't matter as long as they were together. Solomon focuses on her body but the shepherd on her mind. Without exception, Solomon only talks about her body and never talks about places he would like to take her. She knows the shepherd appreciates her body as much as Solomon does, but is always seen spending time doing things together throughout the day. Solomon wants to spend 3.5 minutes in the bedroom while the shepherd wants to spend the rest of his life with her. When she first enters the palace, she expected the great king Solomon would be more romantic than a peasant shepherd. Soon after entering the palace, she learns that king Solomon treats her like a peasant sexual slave while her shepherd had already been treating her like a queen!



The Shunammite woman noticed that the Shepherd Boy would wanted to look at flowers in the field or going for a mountain hike and scorpion hunting, together.

PHOTO: The Shunammite woman noticed that the Shepherd Boy would wanted to look at flowers in the field or going for a mountain hike and scorpion hunting, together. Unlike Solomon who focused on her body, the Shepherd Boy paid attention to what was on her mind. Solomon wants to spend 3.5 minutes in the bedroom while the shepherd wants to spend the rest of his life with her. King Solomon treats her like a peasant sexual slave while her shepherd had already been treating her like a queen!
Painting by Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883) - The Storm
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In Solomon's third and last attempt to seduce her, she first runs away from him with her eyes, then literally with her feet! The queens step in and try to convince her how great Solomon is but it's too late. She finds Solomon's objectification of all women repulsive, shallow and entirely self-serving. While many women had successfully used their "hot bodies" to hook vain Solomon for his money, Abishag's priority was a relationship with a man, not his credit cards. Abishag had a lot of experience with men swooning for her beauty and trying to pick her up. She ditched the shepherd hoping Solomon was the man of her dreams. Solomon described her as his "mare" but he turned out to be her "night mare", while the shepherd was her "day stallion".



Abishag's priority was a relationship with a man, not his credit cards.

PHOTO: Abishag's priority was a relationship with a man, not his credit cards. Solomon described her as his "mare" but he turned out to be her "night mare", while the shepherd was her "day stallion". The other queens of King Solomon step in and try to convince her how great Solomon is but it's too late. She finds Solomon's objectification of all women repulsive, shallow and entirely self-serving.
Painting by Russ Docken - The Marriage Proposal
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In Solomon's third and last attempt to seduce her, the Shunammite woman first runs away from him with her eyes, then literally with her feet!

PHOTO: In Solomon's third and last attempt to seduce her, the Shunammite woman first runs away from him with her eyes, then literally with her feet!
Come Away” (Come with me)
Come away, Beloved Daughter
Come away to the place your heart yearns for
The door to greater intimacy is open
Step inside, sit in my presence
Climb into my lap
And hear my heart beating for you
Come away, snuggle into my embrace
Come away, find protection in my strength
No greater joy does my soul contain
Then when you, my Child,
come away
Song of Songs 2:10, "Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me."
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The shepherd understood that a woman needs a companion and a friend not a financier. She needs a co-parent not a daycare and that she is more interested in his face than his physique. She evaluated her life with Solomon and realized she would be dressed in rich clothes in the harem, eating caviar, dividing Solomon's attention with 140 other women while raising her kids as a single mom in a state daycare. She runs home to Shunem as fast as she can and marries the Shepherd, while Solomon goes on to marry another 860 more women. Abishag chooses wisely.



The Shepherd Boy understood what the Shunammite woman really wanted.

PHOTO: The Shepherd Boy understood what the Shunammite woman really wanted. She wanted a companion, a friend and somebody who would raise up their children together. Solomon was deem as unable to provide that qualities. She therefore ran away from Solomon's harem to marry the Shepherd Boy.
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The Song of Songs is God's marriage preparation manual. While spoken entirely from a woman's perspective it is invaluable for both men and women in mate selection. For women, the message is that they will be happier with a poor man who is their best friend than a rich man who ignores them. For men, the message is to choose a woman who loves them, not their wealth.

Central to the book is the warning against marrying shallow and objectifying men like Solomon. However, the book serves to alert men to the dangers of shallow-minded, predatory women who target good, innocent and unsuspecting men for their own selfish pleasure. The 1000 wives of Solomon certainly did not marry him with any expectation of taking regular romantic walks together in the moonlight, but for money, power and fame. Just as women are warned to avoid marrying men like Solomon, so too men are warned about marrying women like Solomon's wives. The message is simple: avoid beauty diggers like Solomon and gold diggers like his wives.



For women, the message is that they will be happier with a poor man who is their best friend than a rich man who ignores them.

PHOTO: For women, the message is that they will be happier with a poor man who is their best friend than a rich man who ignores them. For men, the message is to choose a woman who loves them, not their wealth. Just as women are warned to avoid marrying men like Solomon, so too men are warned about marrying women like Solomon's wives. The message is simple: avoid beauty diggers like Solomon and gold diggers like his wives.
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I invite all unmarried men and women to closely meditate on the thoughts and dreams of Abishag as she walks herself through life's most beautiful institution: MARRIAGE. This book is intended to be a marriage preparation manual. It is also a reminder to those already married about what is important and what is not. See Ten commandments for husbands and wives. It is never too late for you to make the changes you need to make to repair your marriage.



Marriage is created in heaven by our Creator with a divine purpose.

PHOTO: Marriage is created in heaven by our Creator with a divine purpose. We need to pursue that purpose, which is the Will of God for our well-being and happiness. The book of Song of Songs help us to prepare and fulfill the bow of marriage successfully. In order to enjoy marriage to the fullest, just like Abishag the Shunammite, it is wise to mediate on what exactly God wants a marriage to be. In this way we will make important decisions and take the decisive steps correctly with the blessing of our Creator. Among the requirements are strong commitment to the marriage irregardless of worldly obstacles, and to fear and be obedient to God our provider of happiness and everything else.
Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith giving the first incentive for our belief and is also its Finisher bringing it to maturity and perfection. He, for the joy of obtaining the prize that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2).
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Dear Lord, We pray that man be aware that although there is a perfect Shunammite out there just for him, there are 1000 beautiful women he must avoid for lack of inner beauty. Because they will turn his heart away from God to the destruction of his soul. Men to be alert of the dangers of shallow-minded, predatory women who target good, innocent and unsuspecting men for their own selfish pleasure.<br>We pray that women too be aware of marrying shallow and objectifying men like Solomon. This is because Solomon's objectification of all women is repulsive, shallow and entirely self-serving.<br>For women, the message is that they will be happier with a poor man who is their best friend than a rich man who ignores them. For men, the message is to choose a woman who loves them, not their wealth. Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!

PHOTO: "Dear Lord, We pray that man be aware that although there is a perfect Shulammite out there just for him, there are 1000 beautiful women he must avoid for lack of inner beauty. Because they will turn his heart away from God to the destruction of his soul. Men to be alert of the dangers of shallow-minded, predatory women who target good, innocent and unsuspecting men for their own selfish pleasure.
We pray that women too be aware of marrying shallow and objectifying men like Solomon. This is because Solomon's objectification of all women is repulsive, shallow and entirely self-serving.
For women, the message is that they will be happier with a poor man who is their best friend than a rich man who ignores them. For men, the message is to choose a woman who loves them, not their wealth. Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!
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Painting by Francois-Joseph Navez - The Nymph Salmacis and Hermaphroditus (1829)
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By Steve Rudd. Edited by Julia Page and Cindy Wilson - Commentary on the Song of Solomon, Songs, Canticles, God's Marriage preparation manual


Reference
[1] "Lovesick" Will she marry the king or the poor shepherd she loves?, Overview to Song of Solomon, Commentary on the Song of Solomon, Songs, Canticles, God's Marriage preparation manual, By Steve Rudd. Edited by Julia Page and Cindy Wilson, http://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-maps-timeline-chronology-song-of-solomon-song-canticles-abishag-shepherd-boy-love-triangle-960bc.htm

[2] The Shulamite Love Story, Posted by  Larry Wood, http://www.biblenews1.com/docs/shulamit.htm

[3] Ten commandments for husbands and wives, posted by www.bible.ca, http://www.bible.ca/f-10commandments-husbands-wives.htm

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