1. These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
THIS seems to be a third division of this sacred book. The selection was probably made (with several repetitions from the former part) from the three thousand proverbs which Solomon spoke; and which, having been carefully preserved, the men of Hezekiah copied out, nearly three hundred years after. Thus the word of God, brought out of obscurity for the instruction of the people, stamped the reformation of this godly king (2 Chronicles 31:21); as it did the reformation of Josiah in after-times. The New Testament fully authenticates this section of the book as part of the inspired canon. We are not reading therefore the maxims of the wisest of men. But the voice from heaven proclaims These are the true sayings of God.
The Holy Spirit mentions not only the author, but the copyists, of these proverbs. And often has good service been done to the Church, not only by original writers, but by those who have copied and brought out their writings into wider circulation. The world usually honours only the grand instruments, and casts the humbler agency into the shade. (Ecclesiastes 9:15, 16.) But God honors not only the primary, but the subordinate instruments; not only the five but the one talent faithfully laid out for him. The blessing is not promised to their number but to their improvement. (Matthew 25:21-23.)