Proverbs 16:12-22

The first four verses speak about the role and character qualities of kings.  There are kings that rule well and those who do not.  This could be applicable to all facets of human government and applies even to today’s world.  In our case here in America, we are dealing with an issue where a middle-east president is killing his own people including women and children.  This shows the condition of the human heart. Kings can be ruthless dictators, but there are some who are benevolent and who love their people and are also loved by them.  God sees it all and will judge in His time and in His way.        

  In verse 16 it is said to get wisdom is better than getting gold (referring to all types of currency).  The right kind of wisdom lasts through eternity.  Gold is fleeting and will someday be gone.  There is a phrase called the “highway of the upright” found in verse seventeen.  My question to you is this:  On what road are you traveling?  Two roads are mentioned in Matthew chapter seven, one leads to life and the other to destruction.  Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25 tell us that “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.”  

Pride goes before destruction.  A proud heart is dangerous.  A humble spirit is always called good in the Word of God.     He instructs the reader on how to handle matters wisely.  To make a decision without much thought can lead to something that can bring effects that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

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