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Paris, Louvre Museum

 

Jean Chastellain

d'après Noël Bellemare

Le Jugement de Salomon, 1531

"The Wisdom of Solomon"

 

"L’épisode mis en valeur dans les lancettes met en scène deux prostituées se rendant devant Salomon ; ayant accouché le même jour, elles revendiquent la maternité du seul enfant ayant survécu. Le roi ordonne à un soldat de couper l’enfant en deux afin que chacune en reçoive une part égale. Alors que l’une des femmes accepte la sentence, l’autre se jette aux pieds du roi en le suppliant de laisser l’enfant vivre et de le donner à sa rivale. Ainsi, Salomon démasque l’imposture de la fausse mère et rend l’enfant à celle qui supplia pour sa vie."

 

Wikipedia:

The Bible recounts that two mothers living in the same house, each the mother of an infant son, came to Solomon. One of the babies had died, and each claimed the remaining boy as her own. Calling for a sword, Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman to receive half. One mother did not contest the ruling, declaring that if she could not have the baby then neither of them could, but the other begged Solomon, "Give the baby to her, just don't kill him!"

 

The king declared the second woman the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save its life. This judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.

   

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