Yes, there is a short intro- again a possible reference to Babylonian worldview- still connected to God's truth- and almost a humorous repetition of "What are you doing- Oh Son of Mine?"- I just feel the sarcasm.
And the basic truth- royalty is no sewer rat- we are Sons of the King- we should act and move and live with class. We should not be immoral or gluttons or drunks- we should be 'better than that".
But we know the famous end to Proverbs- the Proverbs 31 woman- and it completely describes my best friend- my wife of 23 years- I never knew I could admire and love someone so much!
An excellent wife- who can find? I tell you- I feel so fortunate to have landed a 'great one' way beyond what I deserve!
And she IS my sweet friend- this is her description in Ch 31:
I trust her
I have no lack
She is so good to me
She works with excellence and diligence and expertise
She goes out and comes back with goods for us
She is the first one up everyday- way before the dawn
She is savvy in business and family affairs
She is STRONG
She works late into the night
She never stops- always moving- looking to serve and improve
She is so generous to others
She has prepared well for all circumstances
She is stylish and beautiful- she takes care of herself
She has always promoted and supported me
She can smile
She has discipled our children in the WORD
She is kind and wise
She looks our for the good to all of our family
She is NEVER IDLE
Our children adore and admire her
She is the total top of all
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
I know Mother's Day is still a week away- but how can I not HONOR this incredible woman in my life?
This is a very fitting way to close out Proverbs- the wisest counsel yet!