Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty
spirit before a fall.
Pride proceeds destruction. God desires that
people be humble, as salvation will only come to those who are. If we are
humble, God will exalt us in His time but if we exalt ourselves, He will humble
highway of the upright is to
depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
The righteous follow the highway of holiness
without turning off to the tangents of sin. The one who keeps straight on this
highway preserves their life from damage and misfortune.
much better is it to get wisdom
than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Earthly riches are not to be compared to
wisdom and knowledge. Riches often disappear overnight but divine wisdom
remains throughout eternity.
light of the king’s countenance is
life; and his favour is as a
cloud of the latter rain.
When a king is joyful, the happiness of their
face spreads gladness throughout their kingdom. This will result in the king’s
favor being as refreshing as the clouds that bring rain during the heat of
wrath of a king is as
messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
When a king is enraged, they can quickly
sentence an offender to death. Since that is true, someone who is wise will not
needlessly provoke the ruler but seek to pacify them.
lips are the delight of kings;
and they love him that speaketh right.
Good kings do not appreciate those who flatter and speak hypocritically. They want advisers whose word is trustworthy, honest, and sincere.
It is an
abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by
It is an abomination for anyone to commit
wickedness but especially for kings. They represent God in their position, and
therefore, have greater responsibility. Government was established on a
foundation of doing right.
weight and balance are the
LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are
God determines honest weights, scales, and
measures. When individuals deal in accordance with His standards, He approves
and blesses them.
divine sentence is in the lips
of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
Because a king is a representative of God,
their edicts and decisions carry authority and finality. Therefore, their
“mouth” must not go beyond the bounds of established standard behavior or the
Word of God, the ultimate standard.
heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
It is easy for an individual to make great
plans for their future and not include God in them. But when plans are made, it
is important to remember – an individual may make the plans but it is God who
determines if the plans will be fulfilled or not.