An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Loyal Lips

(Proverbs 16:10 KJV)  A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

I think the literal note on this verse is an important insight.  The NASB talks about an “err” (4603) by a king, or in our case, a president or other leader.  The KJV comes closer by calling it a transgression.  The marginal reading says it literally means, “be unfaithful.” 

There is an element of deliberate decision involved here.  It is not just a case of a leader being condemned for a mistake in judgement.  It is not even a case of sin.  It is the abandonment of duty and responsibility.  It is a betrayal. 

How do leaders betray their trust?  The context talks about dishonest measures, lies, pride and wickedness.  These apply to our leaders even more than they do to us.  In a republic we have a responsibility to look at the character of our leaders.  That applies from President to union stewards. 

So?  Expect a high standard.  If the person does not measure up, don’t make excuses, make changes if possible.  Keep your eyes open. 

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