According to the Bible, in his day Solomon was the wisest man alive. In fact, 1 Kings 4:31 records that: “He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol.”
Wow! Wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite?? Wiser that Heman, Kalkol and Darda??
But seriously, because those men (who must have been wisdom celebrities in their day) have been lost to history, the comparison doesn’t help us much today. Nevertheless it’s clear from the text that Solomon was really wise. Wiser than anyone else, it says.
So in his wisdom, what did Solomon talk about?
Plants and animals.
“He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:33-34
At least at that time, it seems that great knowledge of the natural world was regarded as wisdom.
I think our culture would profit from more of that kind of wisdom.