I addressed what the reader of the English Bibles would find if one performs a search for the phrase “should never” in Solomon’s preacher: flying in the face of a lazy generation.
The other result of the word search is in Ezekiel, the 16th verse of the 16th chapter. This prophet is typically outspoken in his evaluations of the people to whom he brought God’s message. For example, his book accounts for 32% of the occurrences of the term harlot, harlotry, or harlotries. His book accounts for less than 3% of the Old Testament books. Zeke uses the terms about his own people’s wandering eyes. It is fruitless for the prophet to mention Israel’s harlotry as a thing that should never happen. What can anyone, prophet, judge or king, do if a hummingbird sips nectar?
It would be whipping time if a prophet does not tell his people how offensive their transgressions are to God. The prophet whose mantra is chockfull of all the good things that can happen is not worth his salt.
The prophetic priority
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.John 5:45, NASB