Here's the script we used for our puppet show in a church setting: King Solomon Narrator: King Solomon is the 4th son of King David, son of Bathsheba. Solomon was named as successor of the throne of Israel after his father, King David. Following the death of King David, Solomon becomes new king of Israel and Judah. One night early in his reign, the LORD gave Solomon a dream. In the dream, God told Solomon to ask for something — anything he wanted. (King Solomon lay asleep and God enters and stand at the head of bed in which Solomon was lying) God: Solomon! (Solomon shouts in surprise and wakes up and bangs his head on the headboard and falls back down on the bed.) God: Solomon? Solomon (in his sleep): Am I dead? God: No, Solomon. You just have a minor concussion, but we’ll talk in your dream anyway. Solomon (in his sleep): Oh, yes, God? God: Ask! What shall I give you? Solomon (in his sleep): God, You have made me king but I am a teensey weensey person! Therefore, give your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may be able to see what is good and bad! God: Because you did not asked for long life or riches or to beat up all of your enemies, but asked for wisdom to do the job I’ve given you, I have given you a wise and understanding heart. There will be no one like you. And I will also give you good things that you have not asked for! Narrator: The LORD was pleased with Solomon’s request. He could have asked for wealth, a powerful army, long life, or to be famous, but instead he asked for wisdom to carry out the responsibilities God had given him. And so God promised he would give Solomon great wisdom, unlike anyone else before or after him, and he would also give him those things he hadn’t asked for — wealth, respect, security. Solomon (wakes up): Woah… I feel… wiser. Narrator: God had promised to give King Solomon great wisdom. It wasn’t long before Solomon would need it! Two women came before Solomon, and each had a baby. One baby had died, and each woman claimed to be the mother of the living baby. Clearly one woman was lying, but which one? Guard: Everybody come to order. Court is in session now. (King Solomon sitting on his throne, a guard stands beside him. Then two women come to the king and stand before him) Solomon: What brings both of you here? Woman 1: Your Honor, Your Majesty. She and I lived together. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Three days later, she had a baby boy, too. Solomon: So, what’s the problem? Woman 1: This woman’s son died in the night because she rolled over on top of him. Then, she took my son from my side and replaced it with her dead son in the middle of the night! When I woke up in the morning, I saw the dead baby! But when I looked closer, I saw he wasn’t mine! Woman 2: That was not my son. My son is in my arms! Solomon: Quiet! You (Point to Woman 2) will have your turn to speak! Please, go on. Woman 1: There are no witnesses to prove what I’m saying. We were the only two people in the house that night. I can only plead with you, that the baby she is holding today is my child! (King Solomon nods his head and turns his attention to Woman 2) Solomon: And what do you have to say? Woman 2: She gave birth to a child, a son. I helped her. Three days later she returned the favor, helping me deliver my son. Neighbors were there to help and celebrate both births. When her child died I felt sorry for her but this child I am holding is mine! Her sadness must be making her crazy to think my baby is hers! Solomon: Hmmmm…. Woman 1: Your Majesty, what she says is wrong! The living child is mine! The dead child is hers! (Woman 1 went near Woman 2 and tried to take away the baby from her) Woman 2: No! The dead child is yours. The living child is mine! Keep your hands off my baby! Solomon: Ladies, stop that fighting right now! One of you says, the living baby is mine, and yours is the dead baby. The other says, No, your baby is dead, my baby is alive. I must go off to consider the evidence, what little there is of it. (He exits and goes to his private area.) Solomon: Oh God, I asked you for the gift of wisdom, but how can I figure this one out? Where is your wisdom now? How can we prove who is the rightful mother of this child? (He was quiet, pondering and listening, for a while.) Oh, thank you God, for such wisdom! I think now I know how to determine who the real mother is, and who is the liar! Let’s settle this right now! (Solomon returns) Woman 2: Oh, your majesty, know that this baby is mine. Woman 1: No! No! The baby is mine! Solomon: Will someone bring me a sword? Guard (looks around): Oh, that’s me! (He hands Solomon a sword) Solomon: Thank you. Now, guard, take the sword… Guard: Didn’t I just give it to you? (Solomon looks at the guard, annoyed.) Guard: Sorry. Solomon: Guard, take the sword and divide the baby in half. Give half to one woman, and half to the other woman. Woman 2: That’s great! Woman 1: Oh, your majesty, NO! Please, give the living child to her and do not kill him! Please, let him live! She can have him! Woman 2: Go ahead, King! That way neither of us gets to have a baby! That’s totally fair! Ha! Solomon: Lower that sword! Remove it from the courtroom! Send the baby with her (Point to Woman 1), and don’t kill him because she is the baby’s mother. Only the real mother would let her child go to someone else rather than seeing him killed! The other woman is the liar. Woman 1: Thank you, O King! Woman 2: But! But! But! Arrrrgghhhh… Narrator: All Israel heard of the judgment that the king made and they feared the king. They saw that the wisdom if God was in him. Based on a script taken from wildgreentree.wordpress.com.