Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Some say the book of Proverbs is neutral ground, but I tend to disagree – it was written by King Solomon (son of King David) who was a law keeping Jew. It speaks of good works in order to please God, whereas in this current dispensation the only way we can please God is by believing the gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
I find in most, if not all instances those Mid-Acts Dispensationalists who tend to quote the book of Proverbs a lot, tend to do it to back up their works/performance based beliefs. They might say that they believe in OSAS, but they wholly contradict themselves. Split or divide justification? Nope. Justification is justification – either you’re declared holy/righteous in the eyes of God or you’re not. You cannot be declared half holy or righteous – that would make you half saved which is totally ridiculous.
The problem with the wisdom King Solomon had was that with his greatness he tended to believe in………… himself…….. as some Mid-Acts Dispensationalists do.
Solomon’s demise started when he married the daughter of the Pharaoh, an expedient POLITICAL move, but a spiritually, it was a disaster. Ecclesiastes 7:16 16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ?
Those who read the book of Proverbs to prove their own righteousness, about how good THEY are (without being in Christ) should read the book of Ecclesiastes in tandem to it.
The book of Proverbs presents Solomon’s halcycon days, while the book of Ecclesiastes represents his downfall because he became too wise for his own good.
In context : The book of Proverbs is FOR our learning, as is the Old Covenant and the New Testament.