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Wisdom and Prudence

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Though awkward and unexpected events may come our way, it is wisdom and prudence, or the lack thereof, by which is proven a person’s ability to deal with such things. Such was the case when Ham, the youngest of Noah’s three sons, discovered his father unclothed and inebriated inside his tent. Ham informed his brothers, Shem and Japheth, of their father’s condition, and the latter two discreetly covered their patriarch. Feeling disrespected, Noah cursed Ham and his descendants as inferiors to his brother’s and their descendants, saying the former would serve the latter. Ham could have just as easily done for his father what was done by Shem and Japheth, and all would have enjoyed the same subsequent blessing. Further, the likely permanent damage to family relationships would have been avoided. However, a great difference between Ham and his brothers seems to be the discretion that comes by wisdom and prudence.

Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater