The central question of the book of Proverbs could be stated this way: How does a father teach his son to live wisely in a world populated by fools?
The book of Proverbs is a sneak peek into the counsel of God the Father as he speaks to his only begotten Son, calling him to walk in the way of wisdom.
These are, after all, the Proverbs of Solomon. Solomon was the son of David, the one who inherited the anointing as the son of God. Israel had been called to be God's son, but Israel had rejected God â€“ and in the days of the Judges, everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
And so God called David to become what Israel had failed to be. The sons of David have a Messianic identity that reminded Israel of their filial identity.
Wisdom, righteousness, justice, and equity â€“ these are the hallmarks of a king â€“ of a Son of God who reflects his Father's wisdom and justice.
As we've gone through the Psalms we've seen how Israel sings the Psalms in David (and so therefore, we sing the Psalms in Christ). In the same way â€“ Proverbs is also to be read in Christ.