Solomon’s pursuit of pleasure did not cease with his failed experiments in the areas of partying, laughing, and drinking (Eccl. 2:1-3). He pressed on. Not to an OT equivalent of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14); but, in continued attempts to find meaning and fulfillment, he surveyed the sensations that accompanied success in the hopes of finding fulfillment therein. Next up, building and real-estate beautification.
The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked. (Proverbs 10:3)
Here we see a contrast between the righteous and the wicked – a common comparison that is made in the wisdom literature of Scripture. The soul of the righteous is not allowed to famish, while the desire of the wicked is cast away. The contrast, however, extends beyond the objects (i.e. the righteous and the wicked) to the actions of the LORD. There is something the LORD does and there is something He does not.
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 10:2)
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4)
Immediately in these verses our attention is drawn to the end of life, the concept of death, and deliverance from both death and wrath. Not exactly subjects that fallen men love to contemplate. The mottos found in society are more apt to be things like: ‘live for the here and now’, ‘all you have is today’, and ‘you only live once’; but the Scriptures would have us be wise by looking to the future. That is the best way to live wisely today – living with an eternal and biblical perspective.