King Solomon, wisest of kings,
specialized in cutting things:
“Split this here!” and “Cut this there!”
Not a thing left whole to spare.
‘Till one day an old man told him:
“Majesty, my name is Joel,
and you should stop your cutting spree –
Hey, you’re a king dude, not a mohel!”
Not familiar with the judgement of Solomon story? Here’s the biblical text (Kings 3:23-28):
Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
And that’s how king Solomon found who’s the right owner.