1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
King Hezekiah reigned over Judah from 715-867 BC, long after Solomon (961-922). Yet Solomon’s words lived on in the minds of his people long enough to be compiled 250 years after his passing. Those were far more unstable times than we know today, the persistence of these sayings is a testament to the endurance of wisdom. The Proverbs are as relevant now as they were then, we would do well to continue the tradition of passing them on.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” It is a noble thing to pursue truth, among the noblest things one can do. Faith is required, that the world is ordered in such a way that it can be understood. Investigation of the material world is the purpose of science, and a glorious pursuit it has been. Mathematics is immaterial as is music and language, these too are subject to order and worthy of pursuit.
The main subject of Proverbs, however, is the order of wisdom. Wisdom begins with the knowledge of God as the moral lawgiver, by example and by decree. The fool who denies the moral order cannot escape from it, because it governs everything we do. Without it he cannot denounce the behavior of others, as “all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind.” Yet he denies the very order on which his strongest impulses are based.
“As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.” Wise kings, when they have searched out a matter, have a depth of insight that cannot be measured. Wisdom is inexhaustible, the wise person never ceases to grow in understanding. The human heart is deeply complex, to understand your own is itself a lifelong endeavor.