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7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
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11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
21 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.
23 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what[a] is before you,2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes8 do not bring[a] hastily to court,for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
3 A ruler[a] who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
4 By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for[a] bribes tear it down.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.
26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
7 Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.