quoted explications

This too shall pass…

“This too shall pass” (Hebrew: גם זה יעבור‎, gam zeh yaavor) is a phrase occurring in a Jewish wisdom folktale involving King Solomon. The phrase is commonly engraved on silver rings.

Many versions of the folktale have been recorded by the Israel Folklore Archive at the University of Haifa. Heda Jason recorded this version told by David Franko from Turkey:

” King Solomon once searched for a cure against depression. He assembled his wise men together. They meditated for a long time and gave him the following advice: Make yourself a ring and have thereon engraved the words “This too shall pass”. The King carried out the advice. He had the ring made and wore it constantly. Every time he felt sad and depressed, he looked at the ring, whereon his mood would change and he would feel cheerful.” (from Wikipedia)

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7 thoughts on “This too shall pass…”

  1. Well, I went beyond the setting. The phrase has just become my own motto. I even am thinking of getting myself a ring with that phrase engraved on it. You know, just to remind me every now and then that no matter how things go wrong, there will always be hope. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  2. The version of the story I heard was that there was a king who had a favorite servant. It made the other servants jealous, so the king gave the servant a quest. Go out and find something that would make him happy when he was sad, and sad when he was happy. After years of wandering, the servant sat outside of an old man’s house and began to sob. When the old man asked what was wrong, the servant told him of his task. The Old man gave the servant a ring to take to the king. Engraved on the ring was “this too shall pass.” So remember that when you are happy, cherish it, and when you are sad, have faith that it will get better, because no matter what, everything is temporary. “This too, shall pass.”

  3. Hi Dave. Thank’s for sharing that version of the story. If there’s one thing/word/idea that I have come to love so much, it is hope and the saying “This too shall pass.” just gives me enough hope every time something goes wrong.

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