Kings & Leaders
Proverbs 8:12-17If you don't hate evil then you don't really fear the Lord. Jesus hated evil. He drove the money changers from the temple with a whip on several occasions (Jn 2:14–16, Mt 21:12, Mk 11:15,17, Lk 19:45). Romans 12:9 says that we are to abhor that which is evil. True love has an element of hate.
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Proverbs 25:1-3Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs (1 Kings 4:32), so this is but a portion. Hezekiah's reign was over 250 years after the death of Solomon. Cross Reference: Deut 29:29, Rom 11:33; Ezra 6:1
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
Cross Reference: Prov 26:23, Ezek 22:18; Mal 3:2-3. The natural truth of Prov 25:4 illustrates the spiritual truth of Prov 25:5.
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
Proverbs 22:29See Genesis 41:46, 1 Kings 10:8. Diligence produces promotion.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
1 Peter 2:17 says that we should fear God and honor the king. We should show respect to positions of authority.
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
Proverbs 28:15Case in point: The pharaohs (Exodus 1:14) and Herod (Matt 2:16).
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
Total Verses: 59
Total Passages: 38