“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
2 Chronicles 4-5
Having constructed the temple building, Solomon outfits it: the sea of bronze (twenty cubits wide, like the inner temple); the ten golden lampstands; tables with basins of gold; courts beyond the holiest precincts; bronze doors; various equipment, all cast in the clay along the Jordan.
With the temple finally completed, Solomon populates the treasuries with his father’s stash, and then brings the ark to its place under the cherubim’s outstretched wings, with great pomp and circumstance. At the praise and celebration, the glory of the LORD fills the house of God; the priests are overwhelmed by it.
The last two chapters of Proverbs are not by Solomon; Proverbs 30 is attributed to Agur. The tone is slightly melancholy and existential, as we saw some in Psalms and will find in Ecclesiastes, the other book attributed to Solomon. (Ecclesiastes comes after Proverbs, but we will switch back to the New Testament next.)
Agur employs a format we first saw in Proverbs 6: enumeration. Starting with “Two things I ask of you” (v. 7), there are several instances: v. 15-16; v. 18-19; v. 21-23; v. 24-28; v. 29-31. These wonderful, slightly mysterious lists, in typical Proverbs fashion, combine poetry and clear-eyed realism. Wisdom.