Can We Trust Proverbs?

Proverbs contains some amazing promises. We naturally wonder, is the book able to deliver what it says?

By God’s gift, Solomon (the human author of Proverbs) was the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:12) who also wrote the books of Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.

But more than that, we know the ultimate author of everything in the Bible is God.

Consider two statements in chapter 3 (the same chapter that gives us all of those amazing promises) that should increase our confidence in the wisdom of Proverbs:

(1) Proverbs 3:19 – The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew.

In other words, the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding found in the book of Proverbs is the same wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that created the universe. Note that the same argument is made in more detail in 8:22-31. God knows what He is talking about.

But God is not an impersonal, detached creator.

(2) Chapter 3:11 and 12 say “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Sometimes the commandments of God step on our toes. We don’t always like what the Bible says we should do. We need to remember that everything God commands is because He loves us and wants us to avoid painful and unpleasant circumstances in life.

We should trust every word of the book of Proverbs. It is from the one who created us and who truly loves us with a love that is perfect and more pure than any human love.