The Wisdom of Old Age

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor
of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary




James Ball Naylor (1860-1945) was a physician and also a prolific writer of early Ohio history. He wrote poetry and historical novels, with a focus on the struggles between frontier settlers and Indian tribes in the Ohio territory. Recently, I found one of his quotes that speaks about the wisdom of old age:


King David and King Solomon
Led merry, merry lives,
With many, many lady friends
And many, many wives;
But when old age crept over them,
With many, many qualms,
King Solomon wrote Proverbs
And King David wrote the Psalms

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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2 Responses to The Wisdom of Old Age

  1. >Well, it’s cute … but it puts the biblical story backwards, at least for Solomon. 1 Kings places Solomon’s idolatrous indiscretions in his old age, quite explicitly.


  2. >Chris,I know and I agree with you. But you have to confess that the little poem is cute.Claude Mariottini


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