The book of Proverbs is sometimes called “the young man’s book” (taken from chapter 1:4) because it gives wise and insightful instruction for those inexperienced in life. It presents divine wisdom for our earthly pathway and is helpful for all ages.
The aim of the book is to form good character and conduct so that a person will not make a mess out of his life—morally, financially, socially, etc. The Lord gave Solomon his wisdom (1 Kings 3:11-12), but it was acquired from Him in three main ways:
Through Observation—“I have seen…” (Eccl. 1:14).
Through Meditation—“I communed with mine own heart…” (Eccl. 1:16a).
Through Experimentation—“I had great experience…” (Eccl. 1:16b).