4. The Argument of the book.
Now, by Solomon, the King, having reached the pinnacle of wisdom and wealth, is this book, set forth to the Church by the Holy Spirit unto this end, to prepare the souls of men for the fear of God, as the highest Good of man, since in it are contained all the good things of the Children of God. Unto which end, he points out that all things are altogether vain, with the exception of the fear of God, and so they are not worthy to reckoned in the account of true goods. This is the argument, this the sum, this the scope of the whole writing, unto which whatever things are essayed in this world with any enthusiasm must return as a certain Guide Star, an altogether clear mirror, in which every goodness of this world is portrayed without disguise, and an altogether certain touchstone of all pursuits and desires.
Dr. Dilday's Lecture: "Proverbs, and Wisdom Challenges"