The next book after Proverbs is Ecclesiastes. I never know quite what to make of this book. I like reading it. It is attributed to Solomon.
Ecc 1:2-3 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
It sounds a bit depressive, but the book does highlight the absurdity of focusing on worldly success for happiness. It is all going to go away when we die.
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The book after Ecclesiastes is Songs, or Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon. One might read it as the description of God and God’s church. Or one might read it as the description of the love between a man and a woman. It is difficult to read without noticing the second, actually, since that’s an easy literal meaning of it. They are very happy to be together, if you catch my drift.
Son 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
Surprised the Bible talks about sex? Who do you think invented it! God designed us to have sex, just look at the male and female anatomy. He’s always telling people in the Old Testament to be fruitful and multiply – He surely knows what that entails. The reason sex is such a problem now is we’ve taken it away from its original setting and intention and tried to use it to our fleshly benefit. Sin perverts everything, including sex.