Proverbs on The Good Leader
A king rejoices in servants who know what they are doing; he is angry with those who cause trouble.
The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly.
A king despises wrongdoing, for his rule depends on his justice.
The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.
The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise do what they can to appease it.
When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a gentle rain.
A wise king finds the wicked, lays them out like wheat, then runs the crushing wheel over them.
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he turns it wherever he pleases.
It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.
No one can discover the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind!
Remove the dross from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.
Don’t demand an audience with a king or push for a place among the great. It is better to wait for an invitation then to be sent to the end of the line, publicly disgraced!
A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.
A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign.
Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice comes from the Lord.
O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my promises, do not spend your strength on women, on those who ruin kings.
And it is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not grave liquor. For if they drink, they may forget their duties and be unable to give justice to those who are oppressed. Liquor is for the dying, and wine for those in deep depression. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; insure justice for those who are perishing. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.