Do not exalt yourself

Proverbs Bible Background


09.14.2014 Old Testament: Pro 25.6–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Proverbs 25–27 on September 14, In the year of our Lord 2014

By Don Ruhl

To gain favor from the king, meant everything in ancient times; something that we do not face in the modern Western world. Imagine for a moment, that the only way you shall prosper in life is to receive favor from the king. Then read this,

Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of the great;
For it is better that he say to you,
“Come up here,”
Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.
(Proverbs 25.6–7) 

How shameful would it be for the king to humble you in everyone’s presence while you thought to gain favor from him! No, remember that those who humble themselves shall be exalted, and those who exalt themselves shall be humbled. Jesus taught the same truth from Proverbs 25.6–7 in Luke 14.7–14.

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