Put To Shame By Your Neighbor
What you have seen with your eyes
do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
I taught my progeny from the crib:
You cannot believe your eyes.
Magicians have profited greatly by fooling the eye.
Do not be to quick to accuse your neighbor
just because you think you saw something.
Humility Or Humiliation
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
Humility can bring exaltation.
Pride can only bring humiliation.
Wicked Officials And What To Do About Them
Remove the dross from the silver,
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.
Purity is a requirement for good government.
What to do with the wicked officials:
No, REMOVE these wicked officials.
Searching Out Concealed Matters
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
As kings (and, by extension, queens),
we are to search out what God has concealed.
This gives us depth in the knowledge and wisdom of God.
Men of Hezekiah
These are more proverbs of Solomon,
compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
Chapters 25 through 29 were rescued by Hezekiah, King of Judah.
We owe a big THANK YOU to the Men Of Hezekiah
For rescuing these five Solomonian Proverbs.
THANK YOU, Men of Hezekiah!