I recently finished discussing the last chapter of Proverbs so let me do a quick recap before moving back into 1 Kings. Proverbs is supposed to be a book of wisdom, but the supposed wisdom falls into two categories:
- Things that are good, but don’t require religiosity to follow. For example, there was a verse telling us not to steal from our parents. Religion isn’t needed to know that. In fact, if you need religion to know it is bad to steal, you are disturbed in a serious manner.
- Things that are just awful. Beating children, for example. This book of wisdom seriously tells us it is important to beat your child with a rod because undisciplined children are a disgrace. Beating your children with a rod? Beating your children with anything? If you do this because the Bible tells you to, you should be locked up in jail.
To conclude, there’s no wisdom in the book of Proverbs that a secular society doesn’t already teach you.