Proverbs 20: King James Bible
A Wise King – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 26
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Wise King
In the verse above, we are told about the actions of a wise king, relating to the wicked. There is wisdom in routing out wickedness and doing away with it no matter who you are.
You don’t need to be king or queen to take charge of your surroundings or your property, right? You allow who comes in and out of your home, your vehicle, and your lives. You allow what information comes in or out of your senses.
But when presented with wickedness, do we go through with the extremes that are brought up in verse 26? Do we scatter the wicked when they want to come in, regardless of the form it takes?
One thing that I’d like to point out, is that the verse says “a wise king,” not “a good king.” We can say that a good king can be wise, or a wise king can be good. But as far as the verse goes, wisdom is what’s brought up, not the nature or temperament of the person on the throne.
He could be a jerk, a buffoon, or of a nasty temperament, but if he is wise, he will route out and scatter the wicked, and remove them. It is actually in his own best interest to do so, in order to maintain control over his kingdom.
The wicked tolerated and left alone inside his kingdom, will not behave differently because he’s leaving them alone, but just the opposite. They’ll run rampant, and cause discord and bitterness against the king due to their conditions. No king wants his people to rebel against his kingdom.
So be the king good, bad, or indifferent, if he is wise, he’ll route out the wicked and be harsh against them. There is only one truly good king, and that would be the King of Kings. He is the standard to shoot for if anyone is wise enough to recognize it. But the wise king will gain favor from the Lord, for being his arm against the wicked here on earth.
There is one account after the other of this going on throughout all of Israel’s history. When a king took the rod against the wicked and their dens and hiding places, he was seen favorably in the eyes of the Lord. When a king did not remove wickedness, he was seen as wicked in the Lord’s eyes.
We are instructed through the Word, to have the same frame of mind, the mind of said King of Kings. Though we are not told to take the wicked off the street and run them under the wheel, we are by no means meant to be indifferent toward wickedness itself.
After all, we are kings and priests of the Most High God in training, aren’t we?
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 12: King James Bible
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Luke 1: King James Bible
50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Matthew 13: King James Bible
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
1 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
Ephesians 6: King James Bible
11 Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
1 John 5: King James Bible
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
Thank you for your wisdom, and that you give it liberally to all who approaches you and asks you for it! Help us Lord, to play our roles properly as they would relate toward what kind of actions we are allowed to take, against wickedness. Every situation may be different, and we will need your wisdom in order to first notice wickedness for what it is, in whatever form it may take, and what to do about it. Guide us in this Lord, as we seek and ask to be equipped with the mind of Christ, our King of Kings. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When approached with wickedness, do you respond as the wise king?
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