Contrast in Wisdom (26 of 32) by Harley Howard

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Contrast in Wisdom (26 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 25

1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

From this chapter, until you get to chapter 30, all of the following sets of Solomon's Proverbs were actually copied or removed and grouped them into sections or units of similar thoughts. We will be able to see the distinct difference in the way King Hezekiah arranged the proverbs than did Solomon. From verses 2-7, we see thoughts concerning kings and attitudes directed towards them. Verses 2 and 3 reveal the nature of the heart of a king concerning the search for proper judgment.

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

This verse implies that some matters that a righteous king brings before God takes time and a diligence in searching out before the answer comes. True leadership delights in the investigation of all of the facts so that a proper judgment could be rendered.

3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

There is a sense in which a king, by nature of his position, possesses a knowledge that the common man does not have. This would be true of Solomon as well as of David. Look at all of the people who came to these two men alone to seek God's counsel. The truth of the matter is this; unless you are a leader you cannot understand the inward thoughts, struggles, decisions, joys and sorrows of leadership.

4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

These next two verses reveal the importance of righteous leadership. This is done by removing every wicked person that has access to the king (Proverbs 16:12). The throne, and the person on it, is established by God's righteous decree. It is to be the place ...

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