This statement by Solomon is one of the most profound statements in the whole Bible. Many a scholar has considered the implications of this saying asking himself, “Can this be right?” This thought came to me very recently when, early in the morning, I was watching the food channel and they were displaying a documentary on a Jewish wedding with full Kosher control. (Control of a Rabbi)
I learned a lot about Rabbinical control that morning, starting with the fact that the Jewish kitchen is maintained in a locked condition to avoid contamination by any gentile goods or appliances. This was all fine until they started talking about the special dish comprised of MUSHROOMS! FUNGI! This reminded me of Jesus teaching on the cleaning of dishes to keep contaminated material from the mouths of the religious.