Proverbs begins with a reference to King Solomon, refers to him again in chapters 10 and 25, notes King Hezekiah’s efforts to collect wisdom literature, and includes numerous proverbs about the king, his rule, his messengers and officials, his court, and his decisions. Therefore, it is not surprising to find that Proverbs ends with a short literary unit giving counsel to the king. In fact, I tie it together with Agur in this way. As Agur’s words provide counsel for the commoner, King Lemuel’s words give advice to those in authority. So that whether high or low, important or not, rich or poor, Proverbs contains wisdom for all levels of society.
Let’s turn to chapter 31 of Proverbs for our last study in this series.
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