Thing is, the biblical Proverbs have less to say about YHWH than you’d expect.
He is assumed to be the guarantor of the way things are, because that’s the way he made them. But he’s hardly the loquacious divinity who can’t stop talking. Rather, one learns about him indirectly, by scrutinizing what he’s made.
So it feel something like a reversion to the biblical norm when we read in the Proverbs that YHWH is always there and always watching.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3 ESV)
Even in this God-specific moment, however, the curator of biblical wisdom cannot shake his realism. It’s probably significant that YHWH keeps watch ‘on the evil and the good’, in that order.
In this world, the evil are no asterisk, no after-thought, no marginal detail. They are, sadly, front and center.
The world is full of fools, one might conclude, and only slight less full of evil-doers.
The thing is, they’re doomed. The Guarantor might strike an evasive pose, but he is not absent. The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’. This is not because he is a conceptual atheist, but because he deceives himself about YHWH’s alleged passivity and his own ability to declare how things are gonna’ be in his barrio.
He could hardly be more wrong, the biblical long view asserts.
Someone is watching us.
People will answer for this.