Honor the King

Proverbs 25:1–8 (NKJV)

1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4 Take away the dross from silver,
And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king,
And his throne will be established in righteousness.

6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of the great;
7 For it is better that he say to you,
“Come up here,”
Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.

8 Do not go hastily to court;
For what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor has put you to shame?

This passage gives a great deal of instruction and guidance for dealing with rulers of nations.  Kings are responsible for nations, for the lives of many.  They search out truth and have deep hearts of wisdom and truth.  If the wicked are removed before them, they will have an even greater kingdom.  People should humble themselves in the presence of such great leaders and allow the king to give them place in the kingdom.  In general, the writer gives citizens of any nation an admonition to honor and submit to the leadership of its ruler.  When an individual does so, they will be blessed and make the kingdom even stronger!

 

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