The God of Solomon, the author (and editor) of Proverbs, is the same God spoken of in the New Testament. In fact, the God of Solomon is Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the present work acknowledges this fact of faith and applies it by reading Proverbs in the light of Jesus Christ.
It might be objected that this treatment is not objective scholarship. Indeed, it is not. Scripture tells us repeatedly that objectivity is not possible for human beings, and that the belief in one’s own objectivity is, in fact, a function of sin. Thus, the current study makes no effort to be objective. This statement will generate harsh criticism among the ungodly, who strive for objectivity and dependence upon human faculties and experience. But the derision the statement may cause does not effect its truth, but only confirms it.
Neither is Scripture to be a matter of mere scholarship. While scholarship is certainly important to a faithful understanding of Scripture, to make Scripture an object of scholarship is to turn it into either an historic curiosity or a present abstraction, neither of which are faithful readings of Scripture. The purpose of Scripture, and particularly of Proverbs, is the shaping of a biblical understanding of life that will serve as a foundation for practical living.