Speech navigates our lives. Wise speech builds up and is prosperous, while foolish speech breaks down and causes loss. As he continues to address the contrast between wisdom and folly, Solomon turns his attention in 10:12–20 to the evidence of folly in our speech.
Toward the end of my matric year at high school, all graduating students were required to submit a favourite quote to be immortalised alongside our teenage glamour shot in the high school yearbook. I immediately knew that my quote would be Ecclesiastes 10:1—from the King
Having experimented with wisdom and hedonism, Solomon reviews his experience and concludes that wisdom is better than folly but, in the end, both the wise and the fool die, so it really makes no difference how one lives because of the ever-present reality of death.
Proverbs 31:10–31—the famed passage about the ideal wife/woman—paints a picture of an honourable, rather than a dishonourable, life. It shows Lady Wisdom in living flesh. But while Proverbs 31 describes the ideal woman, this is not its main thrust. Its main thrust is to highlight