Much of the great literature of the world uses the themes that you find in this chapter. Many proverbs deal with matters outside the scope of legal address, matters of the heart and spirit, as exampled by verse 14.
It seems like Solomon here really flexes into the gritty details of WISDOM and FOLLY.
These proverbs are now fine-grained, very practical and each one is a nugget that we can spend our time chewing over.
The beauty of God’s word is that it speaks to each of us no matter our situation. Every single one of us, throughout the world and across the span of time – God’s word has been and is and will be relevant and important.
We might be struggling with being thin-skinned, and v10 has wisdom for us, “A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.”
We might be wrestling with our words, how we are communicating, and v27 speaks to us, “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
V3 particularly stands for us as a fundamental truth, “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the LORD tests hearts.”
Peter mines deep this truth for us in his first letter, the first chapter in v6-7, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious that gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Praise God that He is a REFINING FIRE (Malachi 3 is a great passage on this), purifying us, growing and strengthening our faith!
Praise God that He does this for the sake of Jesus, our King and Lord!
Dearest Lord, please continue to refine us, our faith, test and strengthen and grow us that we would be precious jewels in your crown.