Proverbs 14:28; Proverbs 14:35; Proverbs 16:10; Proverbs 16:13–15; Proverbs 19:12; Proverbs 20:2; Proverbs 20:8; Proverbs 20:26; Proverbs 20:28; Proverbs 21:1; Proverbs 22:11; Proverbs 22:29; Proverbs 24:21–22; Proverbs 25:2–3; Proverbs 25:4–5; Proverbs 25:6–7; Proverbs 29:4; Proverbs 29:14; Proverbs 31:4–7

28  In ra multitude of people is the glory of a king,

but without people a prince is ruined.


35  A servant who deals wisely has cthe king's favor,

but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.


10  aAn oracle is on the lips of a king;

his mouth does not sin in judgment.


13  dRighteous lips are the delight of a king,

and he loves him who speaks what is right.

14  eA king's wrath is a messenger of death,

and a wise man will fappease it.

15  gIn the light of a king's face there is life,

and his dfavor is like hthe clouds that bring the spring rain.


12  A king's wrath is like qthe growling of a lion,

but his rfavor is like sdew on the grass.


The terror of a king is like bthe growling of a lion;

whoever provokes him to anger cforfeits his life.


lA king who sits on the throne of judgment

mwinnows all evil with his eyes.


26  A wise king pwinnows the wicked

and drives qthe wheel over them.


28  uSteadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,

and by steadfast love his vthrone is upheld.


21  The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;

he yturns it wherever he will.


11  He who floves purity of heart,

and whose gspeech is gracious, hwill have the king as his friend.


29  Do you see a man skillful in his work?

He will bstand before kings;

he will not stand before obscure men.


21  My son, zfear the Lord and the king,

and do not join with those who do otherwise,

22  for disaster will arise suddenly from them,

and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?


It is the glory of God to nconceal things,

but the glory of kings is to osearch things out.

As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,

so the heart of kings is punsearchable.


Take away qthe dross from the silver,

and rthe smith has material for a vessel;

take away sthe wicked from the presence of the king,

and his tthrone will be established in righteousness.


Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence

or stand in the place of the great,

for uit is better to be told, Come up here,

than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

What your eyes have seen


By justice a king hbuilds up the land,

but he who exacts gifts1 tears it down.


14  If a king tfaithfully judges the poor,

his throne will ube established forever.


jIt is not for kings, O Lemuel,

it is not for kings kto drink wine,

or for rulers to take lstrong drink,

lest they drink and forget what has been decreed

and mpervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Give strong drink to the one who nis perishing,

and wine to othose in bitter distress;1

plet them drink and forget their poverty

and remember their misery no more.