Augur is an obscure person of whom nothing is known except that which is recorded at the beginning of these wise statements. He introduced his writing with a series of rhetorical questions with God and His Son being the obvious answers. God’s word is complete and must not have any additions from man. The writer prayed for truth and sufficiency in his life—neither riches which make a man deny God nor poverty which leads to thievery.
Man is proud and right in his own eyes and insatiable—never satisfied as he seeks to amass more. Augur continued by listing a series of various characteristics found among creatures that symbolizes man’s character. He concluded by stating obvious consequences from various actions to admonish his readers to turn from foolish pride and evil.