Proverbs 16: King James Bible
The King and Kings – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter sixteen, Verses 10-15
10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. 11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work. 12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right. 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. 15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The King and Kings
There are a couple of important distinctions that should be made in these 6 verses. Once we make the distinctions, we can have an easier time processing the context that the Lord wants us to receive.
When we go ahead and re-read these verses, please make sure you see that there are kings spoken about, and also a king, or the king. When I read this, I take any verse that refers to kings, as worldly kings (which I suspect many people do anyways).
But check out the difference in context, when the verses speak of the king or a king. I would propose that it would be a good idea to place Christ Jesus in those verses.
Why? What other king’s countenance is life? What other king’s favor is as a cloud of latter rain? What other king speaks a divine sentence, and whose mouth does not transgress?
Pretty slim pickings when you really think about it. I believe that this king, is the King of Kings, just by qualifications given in these pieces of scripture alone.
Also, notice the verses are mingled in with the Lord and his just balances. Should the other verses be speaking of man, or the kings of men, wouldn’t this verse appear to be out of place?
But when we understand who is being referred to in verse 10, verse 11 seems to go along with it nicely. Yet, there is another sense that we can interpret the verses (or sections of verses) that refer to kings.
What about those of us who are to be kings and priests under the reign of Christ Jesus? Could those verses that pluralize the word king (kings), be a kind of pre-instructive lesson? I don’t know how strong I feel about that, but it is more than worth consideration, and is something to speak to the Father about.
Give it a shot! If you’re saved, and are Christ’s, place your name, or Christian’s, or the Lord’s anointed, or what have you, in the place f the word kings (plural). Because Brothers and Sisters, our work doesn’t end at death.
We who are either taken up with Christ, or wind up going by the way of the grave, will one day be kings and priests, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if the majority of the info we’ll need to know then, is in the palm of our hands now.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.
Revelation 1: King James Bible
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5: King James Bible
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation 17: King James Bible
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 19: King James Bible
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
Thank you for the mysteries that are to be found in your Word, and for the treasures you’ve placed in there for us to search out. Help us Lord, to rightly learn all of the lessons that you’ve included into your Word, and also teach us how to appropriately apply them to our lives. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isn’t it amazing, that we might find ourselves in the scriptures, relating to the King and kings?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 25 P. 374 – Honor of Kings
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 29 P. 473 – Favor of a Ruler
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 17 P. 228 – Lying Lips
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 14 P.178 – Multitude of People
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 20 P. 297 – The Way of Kings