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Topic: Husband and Wife (08/08/14)
TITLE: Who Am I?
By Diane M. Bowman
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My husband and I resided in Hebron. Due to his evil and obstinate character, his poor reputation followed him wherever he went.
In spite of his dubious behavior - or perhaps, because of it - he accumulated great wealth. He counted his flocks of sheep and herds of goats by the thousands.
My husband esteemed the protection of an army as a light matter. Even though his servants suffered no harm while shearing his sheep, he refused to give of his wealth to feed the soldiers who defended them. Instead, he exploded in fury at their request for food and sent them away.
To be fair, my husband's name meant 'fool.' Should I have been surprised when he lived up to his name?
When the message came to me of his actions and the destruction planned against him, my servants and I prepared a feast and carried it to the army. My gift and supplications satisfied the king and he rescinded his promise of bloodshed.
I returned home to find my oblivious husband holding a banquet like a king. Unwilling to confront a drunk man, I bided my time until morning. Hearing the news of his near destruction caused such shock to my then sober spouse that he suffered a stroke. It left him paralyzed until his death a few days later.
The king rejoiced when he heard of his death and sent for me. A place in his house as a servants' servant would have been privilege enough, but I became his wife.
I, who had been the wife of a fool, became a queen.
Who am I?
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